Arrow Rock School Programs

Spring 2024 April 16 – May 23

It’s our 38th year of Arrow Rock School Programs! View our informational brochure.

Family Life and School Days in the 1800s (First through Fourth Grades), and Natural & Cultural History of Arrow Rock (Third through Sixth Grades). Offered April 16 – May 23, 2024, Tuesday though Friday only, programs begin at 9-10AM, and are approximately two hours long.

Educators can call 660-837-3330 between the hours of 8AM and 3:30PM Monday through Friday to register. Presented in partnership with Missouri State Parks and the Missouri River Bird Observatory, Arrow Rock School Programs meet Missouri Social Study Standards for all grade school levels.

First, Second, Third & Fourth Grades


Visit the log schoolhouse where the schoolmarm will teach readin’, ritin’, and ‘rithmetic while students practice penmanship using quill pens and slates. Proper manners and rules for living are emphasized. Hands-on activities including chores and pastimes will help students envision daily life in the 1830s home of Gunsmith John P. Sites and his wife Nannie.

Missouri Social Studies Standards
1st Grade
1.H.3.B 1.H.3.
2nd Grade
2.PC.1.E 2.H.3.A 2.H.3.C

Third, Fourth, Fifth & Sixth Grades


Explore the natural history and native habitats of Arrow Rock and the Boonslick Region on a guided nature hike taking students to the historic Missouri River Landing Trail. Historically this route led Arrow Rock’s visitors and residents to the treasured freshwater spring and stream that still flows into the Missouri River today. Learn about current and historic plant and animal life; imagine what the river, bluff and forest-lined stream habitats looked like in the 1800s. Understand the value and use of the natural resources for Arrow Rocks inhabitants and visitors. Program includes a tour of the 1830s J. Huston Tavern and Mercantile, once a premiere establishment for lodging, meals and supplies, which also served as a backdrop for the paintings of frontier artist George Caleb Bingham.

Missouri Social Studies Standards
3rd Grade
3.E.4.D 3.EG.5.C.a 3.EG.5.D 4th Grade 4.EG.5.D 4.EG.5.E 4.EG.5.G 5th Grade 5.E.4.D.a 5.EG.5.D 5.EG.5.E 5.EG.5.G.a

Science Standards
3.LS1.A.1 3.LS1.B.1 3.LS3.C.1 3.LS3.D.1 4.LS1.A.1 5.LS2.B.1
6-8.LS1.B.1 6-8.LS1.B.2

PLEASE NOTE: Buildings are not handicapped accessible and program requires walking. You may also view a 20-minute video about Arrow Rock. Request this additional time outside of your morning program when you make your reservation.


Call 660-837-3330 between the hours of 8 a.m. & 3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Available Dates and Times:
April 16 – May 23, 2024 Tuesday – Friday only

Programs begin at 9 – 10 a.m., approx. 2-hrs. length

Please have the following info ready when you call:

  • Name of school or group attending
  • School address, phone number & email address
  • Name & contact information for lead teacher or trip organizer
  • Choice of program
  • Preferred date & alternate date
  • Grade level or age group of students
  • Number of students, teachers & parents attending
  • Time of arrival & departure
  • Best time to reach you
  • Special information about your class
Group Size

  • Arrangements can be made for groups of 50 or more


  • $7.00 for each student & for each adult
  • One teacher per class is admitted free
  • Limited scholarships are available to offset program cost. Inquire at 660-837-3330.


  • Payment should be made on arrival, including the per person fee for additional adults
  • Checks payable to Friends of Arrow Rock
  • Purchase orders accepted

Where to start

  • Arrow Rock State Historic Site Visitors Center
  • Bus parking available

Picnic Lunch Locations

  • There are several areas in town to have a picnic lunch. The Bingham Gazebo is behind the George Caleb Bingham House and there are several grassy areas where the students can sit and have lunch.
  • A picnic area, shelter house and playground are available in the Arrow Rock State Historic Site Park on a first-come, first served basis. The shelter house can be reserved for a $35 fee.

Presented with Support from the FAR Endowments of Corrine Jackson and Sue E. Subbs/NEH

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