Sitting at the crossroads between east and west, north and south, Native American and colonial cultures, the Gateway Arch provides a rich environment for students to learn about America’s history, as well as their own.
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The Education Department at the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial provides education programs and resources aligned with national, state, and local learning standards. Our National Park Service (NPS) ranger-led programs can help support your teaching goals. Using museum exhibits, living history items, and period clothing, NPS rangers help students better understand the people, places, and events that inspired settlers’ expansion into the western United States and St. Louis’ role in 19th century history.
Incorporate our westward expansion exhibits into your lesson plans. Available themes include:
Admire the Greek- and Roman-inspired architecture as you discover the Old Courthouse and its important role as St. Louis’ civic hub through the 1800s.
Explore three self-guided galleries on Lewis & Clark and the Corps of Discovery, Native American culture, and colonial St. Louis, as well as exhibits on the important cases that secured the Old Courthouse’s place in American history.
Offered by the National Park Service, these ranger-led programs give your guests the opportunity to read scripts, argue facts, and decide a verdict as they reenact one of several historic trials that took place at the Old Courthouse.
* This trial is available only by request.
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Museum Education Programs for the Museum at the Gateway Arch and formal request process to be announced soon!
Treat your band or choir group to a once-in-a-lifetime experience in a one-of-a-kind place. Each year, the River City Music Days (RCMD) program welcomes hundreds of young artists to the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial to perform on the grounds of the Gateway Arch. In this unique, non-competitive performance opportunity, students enjoy a full day in an amazing venue while learning about their own national history. Offered Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, April through mid-June, a typical RCMD program runs from approximately 8:30am to 3:00pm. For more information or to schedule a performance, contact our Group Sales team at (314) 923-3080 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please allow 60 minutes per trial or tour. Maximum group size for National Park Service programs is 30. For student groups, one adult is required for every 10 students. Group reservations for National Park Service programs must be made at least 30 days in advance. Programs are subject to availability.
The $3 National Park entrance fee is waived for bona fide educational groups. For Tram Ride to the Top tickets, groups of 20 or more qualify for group rates and complimentary tickets (purchase 19 tickets and receive the 20th free.) Click here for group pricing or fill out our Group Inquiry Form and a sales agent will contact you. Please contact the Call Center at (877) 982-1410 to make group reservations for educational programs and other activities at the Arch grounds.
Enrich your students’ learning experience with the following resources:
Teacher activity guides, pre- and post-visit lessons and activities, trial guides, scripts, and more are available for download.
If you cannot travel to the Gateway Arch, bring “hands-on” history into your classroom. Find a list of trunk topics and information on reserving a trunk here. Trunks are available for a period of two weeks. Call (314) 655-1635 for pricing or reservations.
Teachers may borrow DVDs related to westward expansion and the Gateway Arch. Titles and descriptions are available here. Call (314) 655-1635 to reserve.
Each year our education department hosts educator workshops. We can also help schools develop and facilitate workshops for their teachers. View a list of topics or call (314) 655-1615 to learn more.
Each school year, Jefferson National Expansion Memorial offers a limited number of Outreach Programs to St. Louis metro area schools. These free, 60-minute classroom visits by a park staff member for grades 3–6 are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Find more details here.