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Day/Overnight Rental

The daily rate is $8 per person per day. The overnight rate is $15 per person per night.

Facility space and areas of use will be determined by the size of the group as well as their program needs. Rental and payment of the facility usage fee entitles the group to the use of all outdoor space (including the tent area when in season), fields, campfire rings, pavilions and the assigned indoor spaces. Food, equipment rental and Babler OEC provided programming requires additional fees and must be set up no less than 30 days in advance of the group's arrival. Groups of 100 or more may request exclusive use of the facility (applies to overnight use only). Groups that have reserved exclusive use of the facility will be charged for 100 participants or the actual number of participants that attend, whichever is higher.

There are two ways your group can experience the Babler Outdoor Education Center (OEC):

  1. Rent the facility and manage your own program
  2. Work with Babler OEC staff to create a customized program to meet your needs

See below for more information on the option that best fits your needs.

Rent the Babler OEC

Organized groups may request use of the Babler OEC through our application process as follows:

  1. Organized groups may request use of the Babler Outdoor Education Center (OEC) by submitting a request using the form above. All requests will be confirmed over the phone or through email by the OEC Supervisor.
  2. Requests for the current calendar year are open and on-going. Contact the office to check on the availability of a date or submit a request.
  3. Requests for the next calendar year will be accepted beginning August 1st for groups that serve individuals with disabilities. All other requests will be accepted beginning October 1st . Requests will be considered based on the eligibility/priority of the user group and the order they were received.

Groups are encouraged to contact the Babler OEC office to schedule a tour of the facility and check available dates prior to submitting an application. Applications are available through the Babler OEC office. Groups are responsible for reading and following all policies and procedures prior to and during their stay.

To confirm a reservation, a signed application and a 25% deposit of estimated usage fees will be required to confirm reservations. A written confirmation of dates with deposit request will be sent when an application is accepted.

To cancel a reservation, please notify Babler OEC immediately. Deposits will be refunded with a 60-day written notice, with no deposit being given for less than 60 days' notice. Cancellation within 30 days of reservation will require payment of full usage costs according to estimated numbers given on the application.

Create a Program for Your Group

Specializing in outdoor education, environmental education, teambuilding and outdoor skills, Babler OEC staff can work with you to create a custom, age-appropriate program for your group. Whether you want to participate in a half-day, full-day or overnight program, Babler OEC has many options to meet your needs. Depending on the size of the group, programs can be taught by Babler OEC staff or through a combination of Babler OEC staff and individuals from your group. Program costs vary depending on the length of the program, size of the group and program topic.

Popular program topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Archery
  • Bird Watching
  • Fishing
  • Forest Ecology
  • GPS/Geocaching
  • Missouri Animals and Habitats
  • Orienteering/Map and Compass
  • Outdoor Creativity (artwork made with natural resources)
  • Outdoor Cooking
  • Pond Ecology
  • Sensory Activities
  • Survival Skills (fire and/or shelter building)
  • STEM-based Programs
  • Teambuilding/Challenge Course

View the full list of programs available

Don't see a program listed? No problem! Our expert Babler OEC staff will work with you to design a customized program to meet your needs.

Made Your Choice?

Complete a program request form and our staff will follow up to answer any questions and begin the planning process.

Outdoor Education Reservation Center Interest Form