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Spring Educational Programs

5/25/2023 | Arrow Rock State Historic Site | Arrow Rock, MO

Arrow Rock State Historic Site is hosting educational programs for schoolchildren this spring. Programs are held Tuesdays through Fridays from April 11 to May 26. Programs start between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m., depending on the school's preference, and last about two hours.

Advance reservations are required to attend, and there is a fee of $5 per student and adult. Scholarships are available through Friends of Arrow Rock if needed. One teacher per class is admitted free.

To reserve a date and program, call the historic site at 660-837-3330.

Program Choices:

Family Life and School Days in the 1800s (first through fourth grades)

Students will visit the log schoolhouse, where the schoolmarm will teach readin’, ritin’ and ‘rithmetic while they practice penmanship using quill pens and slates. Proper manners and rules for living will be emphasized.

In the 1830s home of gunsmith John P. Sites and his wife Nannie, hands-on activities including chores and pastimes will help students understand daily life in the 19th century.

Natural and Cultural History of Arrow Rock (third through sixth grades)

This program begins with a guided tour of the home of Missouri artist George Caleb Bingham. Students will learn facts about the home and what it would have been like to live there when Bingham did. If time permits, a quick visit to the tavern mercantile shop to see wares and merchandise will be included.

Participants will also explore the natural history and native habitats of Arrow Rock and the Boonslick region on a guided hike to the historic Missouri River Landing Trail. Historically, this route led Arrow Rock’s visitors and residents to a treasured freshwater spring and a stream that still flows into the Missouri River today. Students will learn about the area’s current and former plant and animal life and imagine what the river, bluff and forest-lined stream habitats looked like in the 1800s.

In addition to participating in either of these programs, students may view a 20-minute video about Arrow Rock. Additional time for this should be requested when reserving a program.

These programs are presented with the cooperation and collaboration of Arrow Rock State Historic Site, Friends of Arrow Rock and the Missouri River Bird Observatory.

Program Dates:
  • April 11-14, 18-21, 25-28
  • May 2-5, 9-12, 16-19, 23-26 

Arrow Rock State Historic Site is located at:

39521 Visitor Center Drive, Arrow Rock, MO | 660-837-3330

Associated activities

  • Interpretive Programs