Spark excitement within your students when you hold your next educational event at the Gateway Arch.
During construction, the Old Courthouse will serve as a temporary Ticketing and Visitor Center for the Gateway Arch. EACH guest planning to enter the Gateway Arch will be required to have EITHER a Journey to the Top ticket OR an Arch Entry-Only ticket to be allowed access to the facility.
MUSEUM EDUCATION PROGRAMS
The Education Department at the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial provides education programs and resources aligned with national, state and local learning standards. National Park Service (NPS) ranger-led programs are available for activities to support teaching efforts. NPS rangers use museum exhibits, living history items and period clothing to help students learn about the people, places and events involved in early settlers’ expansion into western America, and St. Louis’ role during the nineteenth century.
Activities at the Old Courthouse
Westward expansion exhibits are available. Themes include:
- Lewis & Clark
- Mountain Men
- Plains Indians
Old Courthouse Museum Tour (Ranger-Led)
Discover how the Old Courthouse served as the civic hub of St. Louis during the 1800s while admiring the architecture of both Roman and Greek influence.
Enjoy various galleries (open by mid-April 2015) and exhibits in the Old Courthouse through a self-guided tour.
Through these ranger-led programs* offered by the National Park Service, give your students the opportunity to read scripts, argue facts and decide a verdict as they reenact one of several historical trials.
- Bubble Gum Trial Reenactment | Reading level: grades 3–4
- Dred Scott Trial Reenactment | Reading level: grades 4–12
- Virginia Minor Trial Reenactment | Reading level: grades 4–12
- Franke Trial Reenactment** | Reading level: grades 4–12
- Williams vs. Bellefontaine Trial Reenactment | Reading level: grades 6–12
*Subject to availability. Some programs may not be scheduled during times of construction.
**This trial is available only by request.
PLANNING YOUR GROUP VISIT
Please allow 60 minutes for each trial and tour. The maximum group size is 30 students and at least one adult must accompany every 10 students. National Park Service programs for group visits must be reserved at least 30 days in advance. The $3 National Park entrance fee is waived for bona fide educational groups. For Journey to the Top tickets, groups of 20 or more qualify for group rates and complimentary tickets (purchase 19 tickets and the 20th is free). Find more group information here or you may fill out this Group Inquiry Form and a sales agent will contact you. Please contact the Call Center at 877-982-1410 to make your group reservations for educational programs and activities at the Arch grounds.
You are invited to use the following educational resources to enrich your group’s learning experience.
Teacher activity guides, pre- and post-visit lessons and activities, trial guides, scripts and more are available for download.
If you cannot travel to the Gateway Arch for a visit, bring “hands-on” history into your classroom. Find a list of trunk topics and information on reserving a trunk here. Trunks are available for a period of two weeks. Call 314-655-1635 to inquire about pricing or to reserve.
Video Loan Program
Teachers may borrow DVDs related to westward expansion and the Gateway Arch. Titles and descriptions are available here. Call 314-655-1635 to reserve.
Teacher Workshops & In-Services
Each year the education department hosts educator workshops. The education department can also help schools develop and facilitate workshops for their teachers. View a list of topics or to learn more, please call 314-655-1615.
Each school year, Jefferson National Expansion Memorial 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. Find more details here.