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A Publication of the St. Charles County Parks and Recreation Department - May/June 2017 

Know before you fly.

Drones Allowed at YAP with Prior Permission 

Now, you can fly your unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), commonly known as a drone, recreationally at the Youth Activity Park (YAP) in Dardenne Prairie. While this is the only area of our regional park system where drones are allowed, you can launch and fly from the YAP parking lot.

But before heading out to the park with your UAV, the person who will be doing the flying first must obtain permission from the St. Charles County Parks and Recreation Department. To do so, just fill out and submit an Application for Special Authorization and wait to receive written permission. The approval letter must be in the flyer’s name and must be in their possession when flying.
And remember, there are safety guidelines that are enforced by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Drone users must be aware of these rules before they start buzzing around in the sky. You can find the guidelines by visiting

For more information call 636-949-7535. The Youth Activity Park is located at 7801 Highway N. in Dardenne Prairie.

See the big guns in the park!

Cannon Firings, Bullet Making Highlight Encampment Weekend  

Experience the life of a soldier at our Militia Encampment Weekend from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, May 6 – 7, at The Historic Daniel Boone Home near Defiance. Cannon firings, military drills and bullet-making demonstrations are some of the festivities featured at this free, family-friendly program.    

As part of the two-day event, there will be a special dedication ceremony at 1 p.m., Saturday, May 6, under The Grand Pavilion in the park. The Society of the War of 1812 in the State of Missouri, The Missouri Society of Sons of the American Revolution, and the St. Charles County Parks and Recreation Department invite the public to the rededication of a plaque in honor of Daniel Boone’s service in the Revolutionary War, and the dedication of a plaque in honor of Nathan Boone’s service in the War of 1812.

For more information about Militia Encampment Weekend or the special dedication, call the park at 636-798-2005. 

Summer camp registration is open.

Summer Camp Registration is Open

Are you looking for a unique, affordable camp for your children this summer? The St. Charles County Parks and Recreation Department has a variety of exciting summer camps scheduled at a park near you! Whether it’s a single-night campout, a day-long adventure or week-long camp for exploring nature, fishing, extreme sports or history, there are summer programs for children of all ages and interests. The following camps are scheduled this summer:

To register for a summer camp, call the Parks Department at 636-949-7535, or visit and click on the “Online Registration - Events and Reservations” on the left-hand menu, then “Activities” and browse through the list of events for your favorite camp.  

Get to know your first reponders.

Meet Local First Responders 

Bring the entire family to the Youth Activity Park from
10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Saturday, May 6, to meet our county's first responders. In addition to meeting these hometown heroes, you can see EMS, Fire and Police emergency equipment, and the life-saving instruments, devices, and crime fighting tools used by these dedicated men and women every day.

St. Charles County Park Rangers, St. Charles County Police Officers, St. Charles County Ambulance District Paramedics, Wentzville Fire Department Firefighters and Missouri Highway Patrol Officers will be on hand to visit with guests and answer questions.

Admission is free! For more information, visit or call the St. Charles County Parks and Recreation Department at 636-949-7535. 

Join us for our inaugural Home Brew Fest.

Enjoy Brews, Music, Food and Fun!

Do you love beer and want to learn more about the history behind Missouri beer? Then the Daniel Boone Home Brew Fest at our Historic Daniel Boone Home near Defiance is for you!

Beer lovers from across the region are gathering in the heart of Missouri’s wine country from noon – 5 p.m., Saturday, May 20, for this inaugural beer tasting festival that features local breweries and homebrewers from across the state.
Participants include: Augusta Brew Haus, Exit 6, Friendship Brewing Company, Garage Brewer Society Good News Brewing Co., Little Hills Home Brewers, Missouri Beer Co., O’Fallon Brewery, STL Brewminati, Third Wheel Brewing, Trailhead, Two Plumbers Brewery & Arcade and more!

The festival features live entertainment with Skylark Brothers Band from noon – 3 p.m., and Buskin Bootleggers from 3 – 5 p.m. Doughboys Wood Fired Pizza and Twisted Tacos food trucks will have items for purchase.

Open to guests 21 years and older, admission is $30 in advance or $35 at the door and includes beer sampling, a souvenir tasting glass and a tour voucher for The Historic Daniel Boone Home, good through the end of the year. Designated driver tickets are free and also include a voucher to tour The Historic Daniel Boone Home.

Purchase tickets early! Admission is limited to 500 guests! Tickets may be purchased by calling the park at 636-798-2005 or visiting, clicking “Online Registration - Events and Reservations” on the left-hand menu, then “Activities,” and find “Daniel Boone Home Brew Fest" in the list of programs.

Wednesday walkers.

Be a Wednesday Walker

Wednesday Walkers is a new free fitness program for seniors at the Youth Activity Park in Dardenne Prairie. 
Every Wednesday, seniors will have the opportunity to use the park from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. for fitness walking, prior to the park opening for regular business hours. Free coffee will be available at the concession stand.

For more information, call the park at 636-561-4964.

Get active by nature!

New Show to Feature 'All Things Parks!'

A new video production will debut this month featuring programs, classes, special events and generally, all you want to know about happenings at our parks! This monthly program called, "Active by Nature," is powered by SCCMO-TV and hosted by Trevor Walker, St. Charles County video production coordinator. The show is scheduled to be released on May 15 and can be viewed online at Tune in!

For more information, call the Parks Department at 636-949-7535. 

Published by: St. Charles County Parks and Recreation Department, 201 N. Second St., Suite 510, St. Charles, MO 63301, 636-949-7535,  

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