Nature Adventures

This page lists nature parks, botanical gardens, environmental centers, and other places where kids can study and enjoy nature in the St. Louis, Missouri area.
Kids St. Louis: Nature Adventures - Fun 4 STL Kids
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Atlas Quest Letterboxing

Letterboxing is an intriguing pastime combining artistic ability with delightful "treasure-hunts" in beautiful, scenic places that the whole family ca ...

Free: Yes
Buder Park (St. Ann)

1 acre park, amenities include barbecue grill and a pavilion.

Free: Yes
Area: Mid County (Clayton/Kirkwood/Creve Coeur)
3195 Breckenridge Road, St. Ann, MO, 63074
Castlewood State Park

The park has hiking and mountain biking trails that range from those great for first-time riders to ones that even the most experienced will return to ...

Free: Yes
Type of Trail: Horseback Riding, Walking
Area: West County (Chesterfield/Ballwin/Fenton)
1401 Kiefer Creek Road, Ballwin, MO, 63021
Inclusive Playground: Yes
Castlewood State Park Nature Programs

Interpretive programs are held throughout the summer months. These programs cover a large range of natural and cultural history topics. For dates, tim ...

Area: West County (Chesterfield/Ballwin/Fenton)
1401 Kiefer Creek Road, Ballwin, MO, 63021
Inclusive Playground: Yes
Children’s Garden Club

The Children’s Garden Club is designed to educate, as well as bring delight in gardening and horticulture with projects they start themselves and take ...

Free: Yes
Claire Gempp Memorial Conservation Area

ADA Accessible, Gazebo, Monarch Butterfly Waystation, Walking Trails. The Clair Gempp Conservations Area is an excellent natural preserve that offers ...

Free: Yes
Type of Trail: Walking
Area: South County (Crestwood/Oakville/Mehlville)
9227 Sappington Road, Sunset Hills, MO, 63127
Clayshire Park

Clayshire Park is located in the Clayshire Neighborhood at the southwestern edge of the City of Clayton. This 1/8 acre park is a level, passive space ...

Free: Yes
Area: Mid County (Clayton/Kirkwood/Creve Coeur)
623 Francis Place, Clayton, MO, 63105
Cliff Cave Park

Cliff Cave also known as “Indian Cave” is developed in Mississippian St. Louis limestone. With 4723 ft (1514 m) of cave passage surveyed, it is the se ...

Free: Yes
Type of Trail: Walking
Area: South County (Crestwood/Oakville/Mehlville)
806 Cliff Cave Road, St. Louis, MO, 63129
Coldwater Commons Park

10 acres of parkland and a gazebo.

Free: Yes
Area: North County (Hazelwood/Florissant/Bridgeton)
54 Saint Francois St., Florissant, MO, 63031
Concordia Park

Concordia Park is located in the DeMun Neighborhood on the grounds of Concordia Seminary. The City of Clayton has leased this passive 1.5-acre park fr ...

Free: Yes
Area: Mid County (Clayton/Kirkwood/Creve Coeur)
801 DeMun Avenue, Clayon, MO, 63105
Davison Park

Davison Park is a 1 acre park located at St. Pierrre and St. Catherine. The park has a gazebo that has electric and can be rented for $50 with a $50 ...

Free: Yes
Area: North County (Hazelwood/Florissant/Bridgeton)
Rue Saint Catherine and St Pierre, Florissant, MO, 63031
Eberwein Park

Amenities for the park site include a trail system, dog park, community gardens, educational rain gardens, an open field for play and restrooms.

Free: Yes
Area: West County (Chesterfield/Ballwin/Fenton)
1627 Old Baxter Road, Chesterfield, MO, 63017
Emmenegger Nature Park

Russell E. Emmenegger park includes 1.5 miles of trails frequented by hikers and nature lovers, part of which is a .5-mile accessible, paved trail. Di ...

Free: Yes
Type of Trail: Walking
Area: Mid County (Clayton/Kirkwood/Creve Coeur)
11991 Stoneywood, Kirkwood, MO, 63122
Faust Park Scavenger Hunt at Thornhill Estate

Faust Park Scavenger Hunt at Thornhill Estate.

Area: West County (Chesterfield/Ballwin/Fenton)
15185 Olive Blvd., Chesterfield, MO, 63017
Forest Park

The 1,300-acre park offers something for everyone — amazing destinations and institutions that challenge the mind, a Dual Path system that invites bot ...

Free: Yes
Area: St. Louis City
5595 Grand Dr., St. Louis, MO, 63112
Fort Belle Fontaine

The Park comprises 305.6 acres on the Missouri River in north St. Louis County, about three miles west of the confluence of the Mississippi and Missou ...

Free: Yes
Area: North County (Hazelwood/Florissant/Bridgeton)
13002 Bellefontaine Road, St Louis, MO, 63138
Frederick S. Plant Wildlife Sanctuary

Features include pathways and an arbor.

Free: Yes
Area: Mid County (Clayton/Kirkwood/Creve Coeur)
West Swon Avenue & Jefferson Road, Webster Groves, MO, 63119
Friendship Park

2 acres - picnic site

Free: Yes
Area: North County (Hazelwood/Florissant/Bridgeton)
Auriesville Ln. & Pontmain Dr., Hazelwood, MO, 63042
Gentry Park

Located at Fee Fee and Ann Mar. This 37 acre park is the home of the Bridgeton Community Center, Bridgeton Crossing Family Aquatic Park and the Payne- ...

Free: Yes
Type of Trail: Walking
Area: North County (Hazelwood/Florissant/Bridgeton)
Fee Fee Rd. & Ann Mar Dr., Bridgeton, MO, 63044
Geocaching

Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and th ...

George Winter Park

George Winter Park offers convenient boat launching ramps, parking, picnic sites and shelters, fishing spots and hiking trails along a wide impoundmen ...

Free: Yes
Type of Trail: Walking
Area: South County (Crestwood/Oakville/Mehlville)
401 Allen Road, St. Louis, MO, 63026
Great Rivers Greenway

Greenways are outdoor spaces connecting people and places. Our greenways are all different, with neighborhoods, businesses, rivers and parks to explor ...

Free: Yes
Type of Trail: Horseback Riding, Walking
Greentree Park

The park features a picnic shelter, remote-controlled car track, boat ramp, and lighted soccer and football fields. The location along the Meramec Riv ...

Free: Yes
Area: Mid County (Clayton/Kirkwood/Creve Coeur)
2150 Marshall Rd., Kirkwood, MO, 63122
Henry Wright Park

Henry Wright park is located in the 6400 block of Alamo Avenue in the DeMun Neighborhood in the eastern portion of the City of Clayton. Tucked between ...

Free: Yes
Area: Mid County (Clayton/Kirkwood/Creve Coeur)
6424 Alamo Ave., Clayton, MO, 63105
Jefferson Barracks Park

Jefferson Barracks was a U.S. Army post from 1826 to 1946. The museum buildings were part of the ordnance section built in the 1850s. Exhibits, educat ...

Free: Yes
Area: South County (Crestwood/Oakville/Mehlville)
345 North Road, St. Louis, MO, 63125
Jeske Park

Jeske Park offers 7 acres of space which include a ball field, a multi-use trail, and several sculptures.

Area: North County (Hazelwood/Florissant/Bridgeton)
211 Thoroughman Avenue, Ferguson, MO, 63135
Joseph L. Adams Park

Undeveloped green space - 1.6 acres

Free: Yes
Area: Mid County (Clayton/Kirkwood/Creve Coeur)
Big Bend, south of Forsyth, University City, MO, 63130
Kinloch Park

The Kinloch parksite was purchased in 1966 from the Kinloch Land Clearance for Regional Development Authority. The park was dedicated in 1967. Basketb ...

Free: Yes
Area: North County (Hazelwood/Florissant/Bridgeton)
5541 Mable Avenue, St. Louis, MO, 63140
Letterboxing North America

Letterboxing North America is a not for profit organization formed to provide a free clue hosting service for letterboxers. Letterboxing is an int ...

Free: Yes
Lorraine Davis Park

Park features include picnic areas and a walking trail.

Free: Yes
Area: Mid County (Clayton/Kirkwood/Creve Coeur)
West Thornton Avenue and Lorraine Davis Lane, Webster Groves, MO, 63119
Meramec Highlands Quarry at Dee Koestering Park

This site is a nature park with walking trails; site of the historic Meramec Highlands Quarry. Many large stones, left over from the quarrying operati ...

Free: Yes
Area: Mid County (Clayton/Kirkwood/Creve Coeur)
1703 Marshall Road, Kirkwood, MO, 63122
Missouri Botanical Garden

The Missouri Botanical Garden's mission is driven by the need to protect and conserve plants and their ecosystems. We seek to inspire and educate all ...

Area: St. Louis City
4344 Shaw Blvd., St. Louis, MO, 63110
Powder Valley Nature Center

The nature center has two levels of exhibits related to backyard wildlife and conservation practices in urban areas. Fish in the large aquarium are ...

Free: Yes
Area: Mid County (Clayton/Kirkwood/Creve Coeur)
11715 Cragwold Rd., Kirkwood, MO, 63122
Riverside Park

Riverside Park is a small park alongside the Riverside subdivision featuring an outdoor basketball court.

Free: Yes
Area: West County (Chesterfield/Ballwin/Fenton)
1230 Larkin Williams Road, Fenton, MO, 63026
Ruhe Park

Park features include benches and a butterfly garden.

Free: Yes
Area: Mid County (Clayton/Kirkwood/Creve Coeur)
South Elm Avenue and West Glendale Road, Webster Groves, MO, 63119
Ruth Park Woods

26 acre wooded tract with interpretive nature trails developed in cooperation with the Missouri Department of Conservation and volunteers.

Free: Yes
Type of Trail: Walking
Area: Mid County (Clayton/Kirkwood/Creve Coeur)
1100 McKnight Road, University City, MO, 63130
Seibert Park

Seibert Park amenities include picnic site and nature trail.

Free: Yes
Area: West County (Chesterfield/Ballwin/Fenton)
14448 Manchester Road, Manchester, MO, 63011
Shaw Nature Reserve

Since 1980, Shaw Nature Reserve has become a focus for native habitat management and restoration: prescribed burning, correctly timed field mowing, se ...

Hwy. 100 & I-44, Gray Summit, MO, 63039
Spanish Land Grant Park

The Spanish Land Grant Park is a 2.5 acre park located at 100 St. Ferdinand Park. There is a picnic are with a BBQ pit.

Free: Yes
Area: North County (Hazelwood/Florissant/Bridgeton)
St. Ferdinand Park Dr., Florissant, MO, 63031
St. Louis County Parks 10/10 BIKES Program

Due to the popularity of our 140 miles of trails and successful 30/30 Hikes program, St. Louis County Parks is adding a 10/10 Bikes program to encoura ...

Free: Yes
Area: North County (Hazelwood/Florissant/Bridgeton), South County (Crestwood/Oakville/Mehlville), Mid County (Clayton/Kirkwood/Creve Coeur), West County (Chesterfield/Ballwin/Fenton)
St. Louis County Parks 30/30 HIKES

St. Louis County Parks is offering their new 30/30 HIKES Program to help fight obesity and encourage parents and leaders to instill a lifestyle of exe ...

Free: Yes
Type of Trail: Walking
Area: North County (Hazelwood/Florissant/Bridgeton), South County (Crestwood/Oakville/Mehlville), Mid County (Clayton/Kirkwood/Creve Coeur), West County (Chesterfield/Ballwin/Fenton)
St. Louis County Parks GPS Exploring

Okay, so how do you find these fascinating places? Technology has given us half of the answer - the other half of the answer is provided here on this ...

Free: Yes
Area: North County (Hazelwood/Florissant/Bridgeton), South County (Crestwood/Oakville/Mehlville), Mid County (Clayton/Kirkwood/Creve Coeur), West County (Chesterfield/Ballwin/Fenton)
Sunset Park

Sunset Park is a 90 acre park. There is a trail that runs along the shore on the Missouri River. This park is also home to the Sunset Nature Lodge t ...

Free: Yes
Area: North County (Hazelwood/Florissant/Bridgeton)
2300 Sunset Park Dr., Florissant, MO, 63031
Taylor Park

Taylor Park offers a wide expanse of open lawn that runs nearly a block in length on the Kingsbury side, where picnics and games are a common occurren ...

Free: Yes
Area: Mid County (Clayton/Kirkwood/Creve Coeur)
222 N. Central Ave., Clayton, MO, 63105
Whitburn Park

Whitburn Park is located in the Clayshire Neighborhood at the southwestern edge of the City of Clayton. This 1/8 acre park is a level, passive space w ...

Free: Yes
Area: Mid County (Clayton/Kirkwood/Creve Coeur)
8114 Whitburn Dr., Clayton, MO, 63105
Whitecliff Cache Course

Do you have a GPSr (Global Positioning System Receiver) and know about the sport/hobby of Geocaching using this hi-tech tool? Geocaching consists of l ...

Free: Yes
Area: South County (Crestwood/Oakville/Mehlville)
9245 Whitecliff Park Ln., Crestwood, MO, 63126
Wild Acres Park

2.5 Acres, Spring-fed lake, wilderness refuge, walking trail, compost restrooms. No household pets allowed.

Free: Yes
Type of Trail: Walking
Area: Mid County (Clayton/Kirkwood/Creve Coeur)
10400 Midland Blvd., Overland, MO, 63114
World Aquarium- Fish Lofts

If you wish to stay over night, you and your family can stay in the fish lofts. The Fish Lofts is your gateway to sophisticated comfort in the heart o ...

Area: St. Louis City
810 N. 3rd St., St. Louis, MO, 63102
Wydown Park

The outside of the walk on the north and east is bordered by a stone wall garden containing a diversity of flowering shrubs, continual blooming perenn ...

Free: Yes
Area: Mid County (Clayton/Kirkwood/Creve Coeur)
7619 Wydown Blvd., Clayton, MO, 63105
Wyman Center Outdoor Education Programs

Experience Wyman utilizes their expertise and facilities to create custom-built experiences designed to help groups of all kinds learn to embrace chal ...

Type of Tour: Other
Area: West County (Chesterfield/Ballwin/Fenton)
600 Kiwanis Drive, Eureka, MO, 63025