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A Publication of the St. Charles County Parks and Recreation Department – Nov/Dec 2016 

2017 season passes for the Youth Activity Park go on sale Nov. 1, 2016!

YAP Season Passes are on Sale

     Get ready! 2017 Season Passes for the Youth Activity Park (YAP) in Dardenne Prairie go on sale Tuesday, Nov. 1! Current Season Pass holders receive a 10 percent discount when purchasing a new Season Pass. A YAP Youth Season Pass is $100 per year, an Adult Season Pass is $115 per year, and a Family Season pass is $185 per year. Individual youth and adult passes can be purchased online at or by calling the park at
636-561-4964. Family passes must be purchased at the park. 
The 25-acre Youth Activity Park is taking extreme sports to the next level with its state-of-the-art, 33,000-square foot skate course! The park also includes a sand volleyball court and an indoor recreation center with a rock climbing wall, a video gaming area, and table games. For more information about the YAP, visit 

Bring your little explorer to the park to learn through the lens of nature!

Nature Programs for Preschoolers

     Let your little explorer learn through the lens of nature. The first Thursday of every month, from
10-11 a.m., bring your adventurous tots out to Broemmelsiek Park in Defiance for a short hike, fun activities, story time and snack. They'll experience a new nature lesson each month! On Thursday, Nov. 3, children will learn about fall leaves and the outdoors and on Thursday, Dec. 1, they will explore animals in their winter environment and much more! The program fee is $2 per child, per session. To make a reservation, call the St. Charles County Parks and Recreation Department at 636-949-7535 or visit Pre-registration is suggested and all children must be accompanied by an adult. Additional nature programs for preschoolers are scheduled on Thursday, Jan. 5 and Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017. 

Learn to make your own brew at the Heritage Museum!

Learn to Homebrew at the Museum

     Want to learn how to make your own brew? Let the Parks Department be your guide to learning how to brew your own beer with little effort! Join us from
10 a.m.-4 p.m., on Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Heritage Museum in St. Peters for Learn to Homebrew Day
Staff will be demonstrating several methods of making beer at home. Discover which system will work best for you, and the right equipment needed to start your own home brewery. Interested participants can register for this free program online at or call 636-949-7535.

Ride St. Charles County Parks trails after hours.

Ride Park Trails After Hours

    Explore St. Charles County Parks after hours during our Friday Night Mountain Bike Rides! These challenging outings are from 6:30-9:30 p.m. on the following Fridays: 

Carve out County Parks trails at upcoming Trail Work Day programs.

Carve Out Park Trails  

     Make a difference in a St. Charles County Park by participating in upcoming Trail Work Days. The Parks Department is seeking volunteers to assist with the development and maintenance of our parks' trail system, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 12, at Indian Camp Creek Park, and on Saturday, Nov. 19, at Matson Hill Park. Volunteers should wear a pair of sturdy boots and bring a set of gloves and safety glasses. Lunch will be provided to all who lend a hand, so don't forget to pre-register online at or call 636-949-7535. Volunteers can register for one or both days. If inclement weather persists on the day of the event, check the Parks Rainout Line by calling 636-707-0011, or view closure and cancellation information on our website. 

Win cash prizes, trophies and a Thanksgiving Turkey at an upcoming disc golf tournament.

Win Cash, Trophies, and a Turkey! 

     Compete for cash prizes, trophies, and a Thanksgiving turkey at the annual Blind Turkey Toss Disc Golf Glow Tournament, on Saturday, Nov. 19 at Indian Camp Creek Park. A 5 p.m. shotgun start will kick-off the 18-hole contest, which features baskets lined with glow sticks marking the course. Trophies will be awarded to first, second, and third-place finishers in the tournament and the closest to the basket wins a Thanksgiving turkey! Call 636-949-7535 for more information. Registration begins at 4 p.m. on the day of the event; the tournament fee is $10 per person. 

Take a Christmas Candlelight Tour Dec. 2, 3, 9, and 10 at the Historic Daniel Boone Home at Lindenwood Park.

Take a Christmas Candlelight Tour  

     Experience a night of warmth and beauty this holiday season at the Historic Daniel Boone Home at Lindenwood Park. Step back in time to observe Christmas Traditions of the Past at our annual Christmas Candlelight Tours, Dec. 2, 3, 9, and 10. The enchanting candlelit village comes to life as guests experience traditions of different cultures and the frontier in the early 1800s. Enjoy hot apple cider, traditional carolers, and more as you make your way through the historic park, illuminated with thousands of lights. Tickets are limited for this popular four-night event and pre-registration is suggested by calling 636-798-2005 or by registering online at Admission is $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Children 4 and under are free. 

Santa visits with children at the Youth Activity Park on Saturday,  Dec. 3.

Kids Celebrate with Santa at the YAP 

     Children of all ages are invited to join in the fun of an exclusive holiday party with Santa, from
9:30-11:30 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Youth Activity Park in Dardenne Prairie. Guests can bring their camera to have their photo with Santa, make a snowman ornament, decorate a holiday treat, enjoy hot chocolate, and play festive games. Register your child before Nov. 14 and Santa will send him or her a personalized letter. To make a reservation online, visit or call 636-949-7535. Adults accompanying children to the celebration do not have to register.
Nature Detectives wanted for Parks program on Dec. 10.

Wanted: Nature Detectives

     Who left those tracks in the park? What made that sound? Who ate that plant? Be a Nature Detective for the day and learn the answers to these questions! From 10 a.m.-12:00 p.m., on Dec. 10, children ages 6–12 will investigate animal tracks and other clues or signs of animals in the woods of Broemmelsiek Park in Defiance. The program is free, but space is limited, so be sure and register online early at or call 636-949-7535.

Enjoy the Sounds of the Season and the new "Our Sporting Heritage" exhibit at the Heritage Museum.

Enjoy Sounds of the Season  

     Come in out of the cold, sip a cup of hot apple cider, and enjoy free musical performances during Sounds of the Season from 1:30-5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 11 at the Heritage Museum. The first 50 guests receive a complimentary commemorative ornament. Musical performances begin with the Greenleaf Singers, followed by the St. Charles Community Singers, and other great acts. Make plans now to get in the holiday spirit through music. For more information, call the museum at 636-561-4964.       

New museum exhibit features duck hunting simulator.

New Sporting Exhibit Opens Soon

      After listening to the performances at Sounds of the Season at the Heritage Museumtake a free tour of the new exhibit, “Our Sporting Heritage” and try out our new simulated hunting game. The exhibit, which opens this winter, features a Marksman Hunting Simulator, which was donated to the Parks Department by August Busch III and is one of only three of its kind in the United States. This high-tech, realistic hunting experience allows players to participate in a virtual duck hunt. The main exhibit showcases the history of hunting and fishing in St. Charles County and Missouri from prehistoric times to the modern era. Another featured highlight of the exhibit is the St. Charles County Amateur Sports Hall of Fame. Additional displays focus on amateur sports in the county. For more information about the museum, call 636-949-7535 or visit

Please remember to be alert at all times and aware of your surroundings while playing Pokemon Go! in the Parks.

Pokémon Go! Safety Tips

        We hope everyone is having fun playing Pokémon Go! in St. Charles County Parks, but we want to help you stay safe while doing so. Below are a few guidelines and tips to follow while playing:

  • Please respect park closing times. St. Charles County Parks are open from 7 a.m. until 30 minutes after sunset.
  • Some park areas that have a Pokéstop, Gym or Pokémon may be reserved by other park guests. When park spaces are marked "Reserved," please do not play in those areas.
  • Whether driving or on foot, be aware of your surroundings and proceed in a safe manner while searching for Pokémon. Be aware that other park guests may be using the roadways and paths as well. Feel free to use our parking lots and non-reserved picnic areas to stop and orient yourself in the park before proceeding on to the next Pokémon.
         For additional safety tips, visit the official Pokémon Go! site at


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