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A Publication of the St. Charles County Parks and Recreation Department - Sept/Oct 2017 

Parks receives prestigious award.

Parks Receives Prestigious Award

The St. Charles County Parks and Recreation Department recently was awarded the 2017 Dick Dawson Prairie Pioneer of the Year Award by the Missouri Prairie Foundation.

This prestigious award recognizes the Parks Department for making outstanding contributions as a leader in prairie conservation by advocating for the acquisition and conservation of original prairie, prairie plantings in public spaces; encouraging/assisting implementation of prairie plantings/reconstructions in privately owned landscapes; advocating or promoting prairie plantings/protection; and promoting understanding of prairie value through research and publications.

The Parks Department specifically was recognized for being dedicated to recreation, while leaving at least 50 percent of any acquired land in natural undeveloped green space in each park as prairie planting establishments. Additionally, park staff was recognized for educating citizens about prairies through field trips, guided public hikes, and partnerships with the Missouri Master Naturalist, Confluence Chapter.

Congratulations to all involved with prairie conservation. 

Volunteers give back what they sow!

Volunteers Give Back 

A group of young Girl Scouts gave back to the community after volunteering to take over an Irish-themed garden at Towne Park near Wentzville. After cultivating and harvesting their labors of love, the scouts donated 75 pounds of potatoes and 50 pounds of onions to the Hope Ministries Food Pantry of O’Fallon. 

Girl Scout Troop 1354 from Peine Ridge Elementary harvested the vegetables in July to help those in need who utilized the food pantry. 

Hope Ministries serves financially qualified residents of St. Louis, St. Charles, Lincoln, and Warren Counties. Many thanks to these scouts for giving back to the community by volunteering in your St. Charles County park.

To learn more about becoming a park volunteer at any of our 12 parks, visit  .  

Purchase a commemorative Park T-shirt!

Commemorative Park T-shirts Still Available to Purchase  

Don't miss out! A limited supply of Total Eclipse in the Park T-shirts still are available for purchase from the Parks Department. 

These commemorative shirts are 100 percent cotton and feature a screen printed design on the front and back. Adult small, medium, large and X-large are $10 and
2X-large are $12.

T-shirts can be purchased and picked up from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Parks and Recreation Department, 201 North Second Street,
St. Charles – Suite 510. Cash, checks and credit cards are accepted.

For more information, please call 636-949-7535.. 

It's camping season! Make a reservation today!

Fall is Camping Season!

Fall is a great time to get out and enjoy the cool, crisp air, and what better way to do it than by camping? Two of our parks have camping facilities you and your family or friends can reserve:  Klondike Park near Augusta and  Indian Camp Creek Park near Wentzville.

Nestled in Missouri's scenic wine country, Klondike Park has eight camping cabins to rent. These sturdy cabins sleep up to eight guests comfortably and feature a ceiling fan, light, electrical service and an indoor table. A shower house with restrooms is located less than 100 yards away from the cabins. Cabins are available to reserve throughout the year and cost $65 per night. Be sure to bring your own linens. 

Klondike also has 41 tent sites for individuals or groups. Each site accommodates up to two tents or five guests, and features a table and fire ring. Primitive sites cost $7 per night and Basic camp sites are $10. Indian Camp Creek Park is perfect for tent camping for large groups of 100 guests. Reservations for the Youth-Group Camping Area is $75 per night. In addition to the open space for tents, the site features a pavilion and restrooms. The site can accommodate up to 200 guests for additional fees.

Cabins and tent sites must be reserved in advance. To make a camping reservation, call the Parks Department at 636-949-7535 or visit www.stccparks.orgOnline reservations must be booked at least four days prior to reservation date, and phone reservations must be made at least one day prior to reservation date, during the hours of 8 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday  Friday.

Register for Fish University.

Experience Extreme Sports Classes  

Want to learn how to ride a skateboard, scooter or BMX bike, or take your current skills to the next level? Register for introductory lessons, skills clinics or private lessons at the Youth Activity Park in Dardenne Prairie.

Each class meets 45 minutes per week for three weeks and is taught by a skilled instructor on our state-of-the-art 33,000-square foot course. Scooter lessons are Sept. 5 – 19, skateboard lessons are Sept. 6 – 20 and bike lessons are Sept. 7 – 21. The cost of each three-week session is $35.

Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Call the park at 636-561-4964 for more information.

Enjoy fall concerts in the park at the Youth Activity Park!

Enjoy Concerts in the Park 

If you love music, this new series is for you! Join us this fall for free concerts during our Concerts in the Park series at the Youth Activity Park in Dardenne Prairie.

Enjoy “Memories of Elvis” with Steve Davis from 6 -7:30 pm., Wednesday, Sept. 6; Scott Laytham and Karl Holmes Duo from 6-8:30 p.m., Sept. 20, and Anita Rosamond Duo from 6-8:30 p.m., Oct. 4. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair and relax with the tunes of some very talented musicians. Picnic baskets are welcome, however, no alcohol or glass containers are allowed in the park. A concession stand is open during the concerts.

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

Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day is Sept. 9!

Take a Kid Mountain Bike Riding 

Help us pass our passion for cycling on to children across the region by taking part in Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 9 at Broemmelsiek Park near Wentzville. The program is hosted by the St. Charles County Parks and Recreation Department and Gateway Off-Road Cyclists.

Children of all ages are encouraged to participate in this free event that features bike skills clinics, guided trail rides, safety inspections and giveaways. A limited supply of demo bikes are available for use that day.

For more information about the program and to pre-register, call the Parks Department at 636-949-7535. The first 250 children get a free goodie bag!

Disc Golf Glow Tournament is Sept. 9!

Competitive Players Wanted 

Compete for cash and prizes at the annual Disc Golf Glow Tournament at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 9 at Quail Ridge Park near Wentzville. This exciting disc-tossing tournament offers a mix of short and long holes that traverse in and out of the woods. Baskets lined with glow sticks mark the course of this 18-hole event.

On-site registration the day of the event is from 6:30 – 7:15 p.m. The tournament is limited to the first 72 players. A limited amount of LED lights are available to purchase at the event. Cost of the program is $10 per person.

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

Celebrate 'man's best friend' at Paws in the Park on Sept. 16.

Celebrate 'Man's Best Friend'

Support local animal shelters by participating in the County's largest off-leash dog festival from
10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Sept. 16 at Broemmelsiek Park near Defiance!

Pet lovers from across the region will attend the annual Paws in the Park celebration that is packed with contests, prizes, sponsor giveaways, pet exhibitors, and K-9 and obedience skills demonstrations.

Make a pet food or supply donation at the gate and receive a free doggie goodie bag! All donations benefit the St. Charles County Pet Adoption Center.

Enjoy exciting demonstrations from Infinite Pawsibilities Training, St. Charles County Police K-9's., Canine Search and Rescue Association, and Gateway Dockdogs!

Let your furry friend compete in fun contests that begin at 10:30 a.m. Winners of the Best costume, Best Trick, Fastest Pond Ball Retrieval, Best Dog/Owner Look-Alike and Best Kisser will be awarded commemorative medals during the event.

All ages are welcome to attend! All dogs must be up to date with vaccinations and comfortable around other dogs and people. For more information about the program, call the Parks Department at 636-949-7535.

Hitch up for hayrides at Broemmelsiek Park.

Hitch up for Fall Hayrides in the Park

Plan now to grab your family and friends and take an old-fashioned hayride through Broemmelsiek Park in Defiance. The season is from Sept. 22 – Nov. 5.

On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings, groups of 20 can reserve a tractor-pulled hay wagon for a 45-minute ride through prairies and tree-lined fields in the park. Bring your own treats and spend an hour after the ride roasting them and enjoying a glowing fire.

Cost is $125 per wagon. Hayrides can be reserved for 6, 7, and 8 p.m. on Fridays and 5, 6, 7, and 8 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Call the Parks Department at 636-949-7535 to reserve a hay wagon. Advanced reservations are required by calling the Parks Department at 636-949-7535. 

Join us for our Fall Harvest Festival on Oct. 7.

Join us for a Fall Harvest Festival

Entertainment and outdoor festivities are scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 7, at Broemmelsiek Park near Wentzville for our Fall Harvest Festival.

Admission is free. Listen to live music, learn how to make a batch of good old fashioned apple butter, explore a variety of crafts, watch historical demonstrations, and purchase pumpkins and other goods from participating vendors. A scenic hayride through the park is available for a nominal fee. Food and drink also is available for purchase.

Call the Parks Department at 636-949-7535 for more information.

Join us for our Spirits of the Past program, Oct. 21.

Explore Spirits of the Past

Experience Spirits of the Past this Halloween season as you walk through lantern-lit paths from 6 - 10:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 21, at The Historic Daniel Boone Home near Defiance. 

Enjoy hot apple cider as you listen to tales and stories from the 1800s, and learn why townspeople were so superstitious and cautious, especially at night! Listen to murder ballads in the Old Peace Chapel, the eerie Legend of Sleepy Hollow by renowned story teller, Anne Williams, and if you dare, visit Ms. Hattie, the conjure woman from New Orleans. 

This family-friendly event is a great alternative to traditional Halloween celebrations and is recommended for children 7-years of age and older. Admission is $6 in advance and $10 at the door. Due to the limited number of tickets available, advance registration is recommended.

For more information or to make a reservation, call the park at 636-798-2005 or visit

Night of Fright is back at the Youth Activity Park!

YAP Haunted House is Back!

Creepy creatures lurk around every corner at this year’s Night of Fright Haunted House at the Youth Activity Park in Dardenne Prairie! Nestled inside the recreation facility is a scary place that takes guests through a maze of haunted rooms filled with frightful scenes. 

Open from dusk to 10 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 28, and Saturday, Oct. 29, this house of horror is designed to entertain children and adults. 

Admission is $5. For an additional $3 fee, guests can use the state-of-the-art outdoor skate park. For more information, call the Youth Activity Park at 636-561-4964.

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