Total acreage: 109 acres
Located: 100 Towne Park Dr, Foristell, MO 63348
(On Highway 61, approximately six miles north of I-70)
Donated by the late Mrs. Betty Towne, the property was to be preserved and turned into a public park. For its efforts to restore the homestead, the Parks Department was recognized at the Missouri State Capital in Jefferson City by receiving the 2007 McReynolds Award from the Missouri Alliance for Historic Preservation.
The main focal points of the park are the restored homestead and the certified Nature Explore Classroom, which is a dynamic, nature-based play and learning space, which supports skill development in children by reconnecting them with the outdoors.
The Nature Explore Classroom is certified by the Arbor Day Foundation and Dimensions Educational Research Foundation and encompasses 11 learning stations for children to explore. It features a Gathering Area, Music and Movement Area, Open Play Area, Messy Materials Area, Sand Play Area, Nature Art Area, Wildflower Area, Building Area, Dirt Digging Area, Balance Area, and Water Area. It is truly a magical place for children to learn, discover, and explore nature.
The homestead will be open as scheduled for tours and special events involving living history performers. Volunteers will be needed to assist with demonstrations, re-enactments and more! Please contact the St. Charles County Parks Department at 636.949.7535, if interested.