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A Publication of the St. Charles County Parks and Recreation Department - Nov/Dec 2015 

Rainout Line Park Information Hotline

Get Latest Park Updates

The St. Charles County Parks and Recreation Department launched Rainout Line, a new and improved hotline that gives citizens accessible, accurate, and up-to-date information about the status of County Parks, including park amenities and special events, during repairs/maintenance or poor weather conditions. Now, citizens can sign up to receive text messages and email alerts to learn the condition of park trails, off-leash dog areas, programs, boat ramps, and more! Guests may call our new Rainout Line number, (636) 707-0011, to get park updates, as well as download the mobile app on their phones or tablets to get status alerts, or view the info on our website app located online at

Learn to make your own brew at Homebrew Day at the museum.

Let's Mash At The Museum 

Learn how to make your own brew from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 7, at the St. Charles County Heritage Museum, during our Learn to Homebrew Day program. Parks Department staff will be demonstrating several common methods of home beer making, including extract brewing with specialty grains, brew in a bag, and traditional all-grain fly or batch sparging. Find out what system will work best for you, and what equipment is needed to start your own home brewery. The program will take you through all the necessary steps needed to produce a fermentable beer at home. No fermentation will be done as part of this event. For more information, contact the Parks Department at (636) 949-7535.

Paint Your County Parks art contest and reception

Winner Announced At Reception

Join us from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 12 at the Foundry Art Centre in St. Charles for our annual Paint Your County Parks reception. The winner of the art contest will be revealed after juror and award-winning artist Lorraine McFarland reviews the paintings and makes a final decision. The first place winner will receive a $1,000 purchase prize for their work, and two honorable mentions will be awarded $250 each! The event is free and open to the public. Guests will get a chance to view the submitted artwork, talk to artists about their work, see the winners, and purchase some of the art. Light refreshments will also be served. The winner of the "Take A Picture, It Lasts Longer" photo contest will also be announced at the reception and will win a gift basket full of goodies. All participants must be present to win.  

Orienteering Map

Experience Orienteering

Do you enjoy the outdoors, exploring, and map reading? Then orienteering is for you! Join us for our fun orienteering program on Saturday, Nov. 14, at Indian Camp Creek Park near Wentzville. The program gives park guests an introductory look at orienteering, so no compass needed! The goal of the program is to visit as many control marker locations nestled in different areas of the park within a certain time period and the group or individual with the most points wins bragging rights! This event is perfect for youth groups or Boy and Girl Scout troops that want to discover the fun of orienteering. The program begins at 10 a.m. Pre-register at or call (636) 949-7535. Registration is $5 per person; children under 10 are free!

Trail work day at Matson Hill Park on Saturday, Nov. 21.

Carve Out Park Trails 

Make a mark on a St. Charles County Park by participating in an upcoming Trail Work Day on Saturday, Nov. 21 at Matson Hill Park in Defiance! The St. Charles County Parks and Recreation Department is seeking volunteers to assist with trail building from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bring a set of gloves, a pair of sturdy boots and some safety glasses, and do your part to grow our regional parks system. Lunch will be provided to all who lend a hand. Volunteers must register at Because of the help of our volunteers, the Parks Department has more than 41 miles of sustainable natural-surface trails in our parks.  

Competitive players wanted for annual Blind turkey Toss Disc Golf Tournament.

Competitive Players Wanted 

Compete for cash prizes, trophies, and a Thanksgiving turkey at the annual Blind Turkey Toss Disc Golf Glow Tournament on Nov. 21 at Indian Camp Creek Park. Using baskets lined with glow sticks to mark the course, a 5:30 p.m. shotgun start will kick-off the 18-hole contest. Trophies will be awarded for first, second, and third-place finishers in the tournament. The closest to the basket toss wins a Thanksgiving turkey! Call (636) 949-7535 for more information. Registration is the day of the event.

Santa visits the Youth Activity Park on Saturday, Dec. 5.

Santa Is Visiting The YAP 

Participate in an exclusive holiday party with Santa this year at the Youth Activity Park in Dardenne Prairie! All ages are welcome to be a part of our first-ever Santa Party that's scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 5. Guests get their photo with Santa, make a snowman ornament, decorate a holiday treat, drink hot chocolate, and play festive games at the event. There are two sessions to choose from; 9 to 10 a.m. and 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Register your child before Nov. 6 and Santa will send him or her a personalized letter. Call (636) 949-7535 to register today! 

Enjoy festive music at the County Heritage Museum on Sunday, Dec. 13.

Enjoy Music At The Museum 

Join us for our annual Sounds of the Season at the County Heritage Museum on Sunday, Dec. 13. This popular musical program invites guests to come in out of the cold, sip a cup of hot apple cider, and enjoy musical performances throughout the day. The first 50 guests will receive a complimentary 2015 commemorative ornament to remember the special occasion. Musical performances begin at 1:30 p.m. with the Greenleaf Singers, and free tours of the museum exhibit are available until 5 p.m. Don't forget to check out our new holiday train display at the museum through January 31. Admission to the museum is free.

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

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