Educational Field Trips


in Faust Park at
THORNHILL HISTORIC HOME
FAUST HISTORIC VILLAGE
15185 Olive Blvd.
Chesterfield, MO 63017


The history staff at Faust Park offers a variety of educational programs and guided tours for all ages. Our most popular program year after year is the half-day “Farmsteading” program. Feedback shows that many students call this their favorite field trip in spite of the educational opportunities involved. The educational programs offered at Faust Park were developed by an educator to meet Missouri Grade Level Expectations for 4th grade. Registration for Fall dates begins after March 1 and registration for Spring dates begins after August 1. (Note: Spring dates for Farmsteading fill quickly.)


Farmsteading at Thornhill (4 hour program) This program allows a maximum 40 students (Grades 3-6) and focuses on the Louisiana Purchase and early Missouri history, which parallels the arrival and life of Frederick Bates, the 2nd governor of Missouri. Students try their hands at daily choirs such as hauling wood and water. Activities can include butter churning, rail splitting and candle dipping. Students get a hands-on understanding of the frugal lifestyle of Missouri’s settlers in the early 1800s. (SS3 1.6, 1.8, 1.10) (GLE covered: MO, US and World History: Concept 3a. Knowledge of continuity and change in the history of Missouri and the United States. 4th Grade F. Westward Expansion and settlement in the US and G. Knowledge of contributions of non-Missourians)

Thornhill on the Frontier (2 hour program) By touring Governor Bates’ home and outbuildings, students are familiarized with the site’s specific history. They are also introduced to daily 19th century labors such as processing fibers into fabric, cultivation of food, cooking, transportation and family life. Program includes one hands-on activity for up to 50 students (Grades 3-6). (SS3 1.6, 1.8, 1.10)(GLE covered: MO, US and World History: Concept 3a. Knowledge of continuity and change in the history of Missouri and the United States. 4th Grade F. Westward Expansion and settlement in the US and G. Knowledge of contributions of non-Missourians)

Frontier Homes (2 hour program) By touring 19th century homes and buildings collected from St. Louis County, students learn about local pioneer history. Topics covered may include home construction, crop cultivation, preserving, cooking, blacksmithing, slavery, immigration and other aspects of everyday life in the mid-1800s. Program includes one hands-on activity for up to 40 students (Grades 3-6). (SS3 1.9, 1.10) (GLE covered: MO, US and World History: Concept 3a. Knowledge of continuity and change in the history of Missouri and the United States. 4th Grade C. Discovery, Exploration and Settlement of the United States, and I. Understanding the causes and consequences of the Civil War)

The Passage West (2 ½ hour program) This is essentially the Frontier Homes program described above with a second hands-on activity and available for up to 40 students (Grades 3-6). (SS3 1.9, 1.10) (GLE covered: MO, US and World History: Concept 3a. Knowledge of continuity and change in the history of Missouri and the United States. 4th Grade C. Discovery, Exploration and Settlement of the United States, and I. Understanding the causes and consequences of the Civil War)

Life on the Frontier (2 hour program) This program allows a maximum of 35 students to experience life on the frontier. The program was designed for students from grade kindergarten to second grade but can be modified for third and fourth grades and also special needs classes. Students try their hands at daily choirs such as hauling wood and water. Activities can include butter churning, rail splitting and candle dipping. Students get a hands-on understanding of the frugal lifestyle of Missouri’s settlers in the early 1800s. (SS3 1.6, 1.8, 1.10) (GLE covered: MO, US and World History: Concept 3a. Knowledge of continuity and change in the history of Missouri and the United States. 4th Grade F. Westward Expansion and settlement in the US and G. Knowledge of contributions of non-Missourians).

Guided Tours
(1 ½ hours) Available on week days for adult groups or mixed ages, 3rd grade and older; maximum of 50 total per tour. Arrangements must be made at least two weeks in advance. For rates, please see our Education Brochure.


Faust Education Flyer with Rates and Detailed Information


To ask questions or make reservations, please call Faust Park at 314-615-8FAU (8328) or email to LRitchey@stlouisco.com.