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1401 Froesel Drive, Ellisville, MO 63011 · Phone 636.891.6644 · info@prcommunityed.org

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Bonfire Nights at Babler State Park

Nothing says fall quite like a bonfire! Bring your family and join us Saturdays in October for a crackling bonfire and a new activity each week!

Learn more and register

There's all sorts of family fun to be had with the Babler Outdoor Education Center.

Family Programs

Families
​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Join us for BablerWiLD family programs at Babler State Park.Connect with nature and your family at one of our great family programs!

Weekend Family Events

Bonfire Nights 

Nothing says fall quite like a bonfire! Bring your family and join us Saturdays in October for a crackling bonfire and a new activity each week! Bring a picnic, charcuterie board, and a cooler and put your feet up around a pre-lit bonfire. No glass, please.  $10/person. Learn more and register for each bonfire and program today!​

WeekDaysProgramLocationTimePrice
1Saturday, October 3Bonfire & Glow-in-the-Dark Family GPSBabler OEC6:00-9:00 p.m.$10 per person
2Saturday, October 10Bonfire & Night Hikes and Star GazingBabler OEC6:00-9:00 p.m.$10 per person
3Saturday, October 17Bonfire & BBQ in the ParkBabler OEC6:00-9:00 p.m.$10 per person
4Saturday, October 24Bonfire & Movie Night: Hocus Pocus (PG)Babler OEC6:00-9:00 p.m.$10 per person​


Movie Nights 

Join us Friday nights this fall for our outdoor movie night events! Bring your blankets, picnic baskets,​ and coolers to see a new movie under the stars each week. Be sure to get there early to get a good spot before the movie begins! The OEC opens at 6 pm, movies run from 7:30 - 9 pm. No glass, please. Learn more and register for each movie night today!​

WeekDaysDescriptionLocationTimePrice
1Friday, Sept​ember 25Let's go! GNO! - The Notebook (PG-13)Babler OEC7:00-9:30 p.m.$13 per person
2Friday, October 2Bark at the Park - The Secret Life of Pets (PG)Babler OEC7:00-9:30 p.m.$13 per person
3Friday, October 9Date Night - Back to the Future (PG)Babler OEC7:00-9:30 p.m.$13 per person
4Friday, October 16Under the Stars Night - The Rise of Skywalker (PG-13)Babler OEC7:00-9:30 p.m.$13 per person
5Friday, October 23Witches & Wizards NIght Out - The Sorcerer's Stone (PG)Babler OEC7:00-9:30 p.m.$13 per person


Pumpkin Fest

Grab your family, put on your costumes, and come celebrate all things pumpkin! Pumpkin painting, field games, scarecrows, s'mores, and more! To maximize family fun and still keep a safe distance, we ask that you register for a two-hour time slot. Learn more about Pumpkin Fest and register today! ​
Saturday, October 24 | $10 per person
Time Slots: 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. | 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. | 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.



GPS Family Programs
Sure to sell out! These family events are great for all ages. Bring the family out to Babler State Park as you work together with a GPS unit to discover hidden ‘treasures’ located throughout the park. Learn more and register for a GPS Family Program today! 

GPS Scavenger Hunt

Put your thinking hat on and join us to solve some puzzles to discover new areas of the park and some old history. Families will work together with a GPS unit to find locations around Babler State Park. Instructions will be provided so no previous experience is necessary. Bring your sense of adventure and join us for this one of a kind family event!
All Ages | Saturday, Sept. 19 | 9-12 a.m. or 1-4 p.m.
$15 per person

GPS Trick or Treat

Get ready for some spooky family fun! Bring the whole family to Babler State Park for a trick or treat event unlike any other. Families will work together with a GPS unit to find trick or treat locations around the Babler OEC facility. You will be rewarded for your efforts with candy and prizes, just like normal trick or treating, only now finding your way is half the fun! Grab a costume and your sense of adventure and join us for this one of a kind family event!
All Ages | Saturday, Oct. 17 | 9-12 a.m. or 1-4 p.m.
$15 per person

​GPS Glow-in-the-Dark

As part of the Bonfire Nights at the Park we are offering a Glow in the dark GPS event. 
Experience a family favorite in a whole new light! Learn to use GPS units, navigate around camp in the dark and get rewarded with some sweet treats. A video with how-to instructions for the GPS units will be provided via email a week prior to the program. Learn to operate the GPS unit in the comfort of your own home and send in questions via email or ask over Zoom. Saturday evening, GPS units will be handed out (one per family) and everyone will get the chance to try them and ask questions before heading out to find waypoints. Grab a costume and your sense of adventure and join us for this one of a kind family event! 
All Ages | Saturday, Oct. 3| 6 - 9 p.m. (only available as part of the Bonfire Night program)
$10 per person



Trips and Travel, Close to Home

River Canoeing

Take a guided river trip down the upper Meramec and learn how to paddle, read water, and appreciate the splendor of the river that cover the Missouri hills. Learn more about our family river trip.

All Ages | Oct. 5 or Oct. 9 | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 
$35 per person

Family Hike

Enjoy a guided hike on a 2-4 mile trail as you learn about the plants and animals along the way. Learn more about our family hike.
All Ages  | 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Oct. 5 | Oct. 12 | Nov. 13 (non- school weekdays)
$15 per person​




Family Outdoor Education Programs

​From fishing to bookbinding, there is a family program here for all ages and all interests! Weekends and days off school and Learn more and register today! Learn about all family OE programs and register today!​


Hike, Cook, Eat Corn Cakes​

Create memories on a mini outdoor adventure! You’ll grind corn and make your own corn cakes, enjoy a hike in Babler State Park and then cook ‘em up over a fire!
Ages 10+ | Sunday, Oct. 18 | 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. or 1-4 p.m.
$15 per person


Hike, Cook, Eat Pretzels

Enjoy a special Sunday with your family in the outdoors! Make your own pretzel dough and butter go for a hike make a fire and bake your pretzels!
Ages 10+ | Sunday, Oct. 11 | 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. or 1-4 p.m.
$15 per person


Family Hike​

Enjoy a guided hike on a 2-4 mile trail as you learn about the plants and animals along the way.
All Ages  | 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Oct. 5 | Oct. 12 | Nov. 13
$15 per person


Fishing​

Cover the basics and let’s go fishing! Learn to bait a hook, use a bobber, and cast a closed face reel. Fishing poles and bait will be provided or you can bring your own.
Ages 5+ | Saturday, Oct. 10 | 9-11 a.m.
$15 per person


Forest Ecology​

Learn about life in the forest and discover what all the plant and animal life are doing to get ready for winter! Strap on your hiking boots and get ready to immerse yourself in the forest during one of the busiest times of the year!
All Ages | Saturday, Oct. 3 | 9-11 a.m.
$9 per person


Fossil Hunt & ID​

Climb in and get dirty searching for fossils in our dry creek bed. See the power of water that shaped and continually reshapes our valley while climbing around obstacles. Identify the fossils you find and learn about the role oceans played in forming these fossils right here in Missouri!
Ages 5+ | Saturday, Oct. 10 | 1-3 p.m.
$9 per person


GPS Scavenger Hunt​

Put your thinking hat on and join us to solve some puzzles to discover new areas of the park and some old history. Families will work together with a GPS unit to find locations around Babler State Park. Instructions will be provided so no previous experience is necessary. Bring your sense of adventure and join us for this one of a kind family event!
All Ages | Saturday, Sept. 19 | 9-12 a.m. or 1-4 p.m.
$15 per person


GPS Trick or Treat

Get ready for some spooky family fun! Bring the whole family to Babler State Park for a trick or treat event unlike any other. Families will work together with a GPS unit to find trick or treat locations around the Babler OEC facility. You will be rewarded for your efforts with candy and prizes, just like normal trick or treating, only now finding your way is half the fun! Grab a costume and your sense of adventure and join us for this one of a kind family event!
All Ages | Saturday, Oct. 17 | 9-12 a.m. or 1-4 p.m.
$15 per person


Intro to Family Camping

Have you wanted to experience the excitement and bonding of tent camping with your family but don’t know where to start? Join us and ask all your questions! Practice putting up your tent, making your site comfortable, learn how to build a fire, and what not to touch in the forest. You will receive a copy of a camping packing list and recipes for delicious campfire meals.
Ages 5+| Saturday, Sept. 26 at 1-3 p.m.| Oct. 10 at 9-11 a.m.
$15 per person


Pioneer Games​

Enjoy a couple of hours in the outdoors at Babler State Park playing games folks played 200 years ago!
Ages 10+ | Sunday, Sept. 27 | 9-11 a.m. | 12-2 p.m. | 3-5 p.m.
$15 per person


River Canoeing ​

Take a guided river trip down the upper Meramec River as you learn how to paddle and read the water. See and appreciate the splendor of the rivers that cover the Missouri hills.
All Ages | Oct. 5 or Oct. 9 | 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
$35 per person


Scat & Tracks​

Discover what clues animals leave behind in the woods, ponds and even in your own back yard! See and touch real animal biofacts like furs, bones, feathers. Track down who made tracks and who left scat (poop!) behind in the woods. The program will be outdoors and activities are designed as fun for the whole family!
Ages 7+ | Saturday, Sept. 26 | 9-11 a.m.
$15 per person


Simple Book Binding & Nature Journaling

Experience the beautiful fall weather as you learn how to preserve your memories in a nature journal made with your own two hands! Learn simple bookbinding techniques with common household materials. Class will venture out for a short hike to discover the wonder of field sketching. Masks are required for age 9 and up when closer than 6 feet apart.
Ages 7+ | Sunday, Sept. 27 | 1-3 p.m.
$9 per person

​​Survival 101​

Would you know what to do and not to do if you got lost on a hike? Learn the basics of survival with rule of three! Discover how to properly prepare so you can build a shelter, start a fire or use a compass if you had to.
Ages 8+ | Saturday, Sept 19 at 9-11 a.m. | Oct. 3 at 1-3 p.m.
$9 per person