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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In this time of digital education, Gateway Arch National Park presents a new way for park rangers to contribute to classroom learning: virtual visits!
With this new offering, educators can coordinate a virtual classroom visit with a park ranger. The class features interpretational programming highlighting an agreed-upon historical theme of Gateway Arch National Park: French colonial history in St. Louis, Lewis & Clark, westward expansion, American Indians, civil rights, the Dred Scott Decision, Virginia Minor, the construction of the Gateway Arch, or park ranger careers. Park rangers will lead the interactive class, which may include engaging components such as activity worksheets.
These virtual classroom visits can serve any grade and age and are free for educators.
St. Louis from Beginning – In 1764, French fur traders founded St. Louis at what is now the base of the Gateway Arch. Learn how this small yet diverse settlement grew to become a thriving river town.
Lewis and Clark: Explore the cultures, landscapes, and animals encountered by the Corps of Discovery on their journey to map the newly acquired Louisiana Territory.
Trappers and Traders: Relive history with these bold adventurers as they explored the resources of unknown territories, bartered with and lived among American Indians, and contributed to the economy of the American frontier.
American Indians of the Great Plains: Compare and contrast your life with that of the Plains Indian tribes in the 1800s. Learn how the land shaped their tribal customs and how westward expansion changed their ways of life.
Heading West: How do you pack a covered wagon? Learn how the pioneers prepared for the dangerous journey across prairies, rivers, and mountains as they migrated west to Oregon and California.
NPS 101: Who owns the National Parks? You do! Learn about the National Park Service and its mission to preserve and protect our nation’s resources.
NPS Careers: So you think you’d like to be a park ranger? Learn more about what a park ranger does and how you can become our nation’s next generation of park stewards.
Trial Reenactments: Gain valuable perspective on historic events by reenacting a trial that happened right here at the Old Courthouse in St. Louis. A park ranger will facilitate the trial while students read aloud from scripts, argue facts, and decide on a verdict. Available trials include Freedom Suit: Dred Scott v. Irene Emerson and the Trial for the Right to Vote: Virginia Minor v. Happersett. For younger readers, The Bubble Gum Trial helps participants understand how a trial works and how a jury makes a decision.
Program times are 9:00 am, 10:00 am, and 11:00 am (Central Standard Time)
If you are located in Mountain or Pacific Times Zones later time slots may be available.
To make a reservation please call our reservation line at 1-877-982-1410
For information on student performance spaces and tours of the Gateway Arch and Riverboats, 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. Programs at the Old Courthouse begin at the top of the hour. Programs at the Museum at the Gateway Arch begin at half past the hour. 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 information are available on the National Park Service website.
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 on the National Park Service website. Trunks are available for a period of two weeks. The price is $35 or $45 depending on location. Call (314) 655-1635 to reserve a trunk.
Teachers may borrow DVDs related to westward expansion and the Gateway Arch. Titles and descriptions are available on the National Park Service website. Call (314) 655-1635 to reserve.
Each year our education department hosts educator workshops throughout the year. We can also help schools develop and facilitate workshops for their teachers. View a list of topics or call (314) 655-1635 to learn more.
The education department offers a series of programs and workshops that help fulfill the requirements for a number of badges related to history, citizenship, law and the environment.
Children ages 5 – 13 can earn a badge by completing activities in a Junior Ranger booklet at either the Gateway Arch of the Old Courthouse. Booklets are available at information desks inside of both facilities.
Each school year, Gateway Arch National Park 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. For details, call (314) 655-1635.