Laumeier tours are interactive and designed to engage participants in the relationship between art and nature. Docent-led tours last approximately one hour and can be tailored to fit specific needs and interests. All participants are advised to dress appropriately for the season and weather, and to wear comfortable shoes for walking on uneven pathways.
TOURS FOR INDIVIDUALS
Tours meet at the Visitor Center in the Aronson Fine Arts Center. Participation fee is charged for ages 4 and up; on-site sales only.
Walking Tour of the Park
All Ages / First Sundays, May–October / 2:00–3:00 p.m. / $5
(Laumeier Members are FREE)
May 5 / June 2 / July 7 / August 4 / September 1 / October 6
TOURS FOR SCHOOL + COMMUNITY GROUPS
Group Walking Tours are the perfect way to explore and enjoy art and nature at the Park! Docent-led tours last approximately one hour and can be tailored to fit specific needs and interests. Themed tours provide a specific perspective on the Permanent Collection—choose a theme based on your interest in contemporary art, sculpture, nature, science or even geometry!
Participants are advised to dress appropriately for the season and wear comfortable shoes for walking on uneven pathways. Group Walking Tours must be reserved at least three weeks in advance; maximum tour size is 150 participants.
Call 314.615.5281 to schedule or register for a paid tour. All tours meet in the Public Plaza outside the Aronson Fine Arts Center; main contact must check in at the Visitor Center inside.
SCHOOL GROUP TOUR PRICES [K–12]
$36, student groups of 12 or fewer
$3 per person, student groups of 12 or more
Receive one complimentary chaperone admission for every 10 students!
COMMUNITY GROUP Tour Prices
$60, groups of 12 or fewer
$5 per person, groups of 12 or more
Participation fee is charged for ages 4 and up
ART + NATURE GUIDE
In 2014, Laumeier received a PNC Arts Alive grant in support of our Art + Nature programs, including the development of an interactive Art + Nature Guide for the Park that integrates learning about wildlife, the environment and science with art education and makes connections between the natural environment and the artworks in the Park.
Nature Trail Scavenger Hunt
In 2013, Laumeier's In-Residence: Environmental Historian Dr. Jenny Price, originally from St. Louis, developed an "alternative" Nature Trail at Laumeier to highlight the infrastructure put into place as part of our wresting the land away from its functional status as a watershed for the Meramec and Mississippi Rivers. Price picked out such un-touristic sites as a fallen tree, an electric box and a bench overlooking invasive honeysuckle as stops on her “nature” tour.
Site/Sound Audio Tour
In 2012, Laumeier's In-Residence: Composer Eric Hall created Site/Sound, a compilation of sound pieces created by regional musicians, bands, sound artists and composers. Each artist created an "aural portrait" of one of Laumeier’s sculptures either as a reaction to, in conversation with or as an extension of the work via the medium of sound.
LAUMEIER TRAIL DISTANCES + WALKING TIMES
Art Hike Trail: 0.77 miles / 45 minutes
Central Pathway: 0.64 miles / 25 minutes
Western Woodland Trail: 0.15 miles / 10 minutes
Emerson Spring House Trail
30 / 30 Hikes Program
St. Louis County Parks offers a 30 / 30 Hikes Program which designates 30 trails located across the St. Louis County area that each take approximately 30 minutes to complete. At the beginning of every trail, hikers will find a 30 / 30 Hike sign that corresponds with a free map. These maps highlight the suggested 30-minute route and mileage.
St. Louis County Parks also offers a punch card available online and at all six Recreation Complexes, Faust Park and Laumeier Sculpture Park. Be sure to punch the card at the 30 / 30 Hike signs at the beginning of every trail. Once all 30 are completed, exchange the punch card for a special prize!
By the end of your journey, you will have completed 15 hours of exercise and enjoyed 55 miles of St. Louis County Parks! Call 314.615.8822 for more information.