When a young George Washington Carver tended to his secret garden on his 19th century farm, little did he know how important he would become in the world of science, education, and humanitarian efforts.
Now, kids of today can visit the George Washington Carver National Monument in Missouri, and not only learn about his life and achievements, but also be inspired by him!
The George Washington Carver National Monument is not only a historical attraction, but also one that gives families a day out in beautiful nature.
When you arrive, the Visitor Center is the best first stop. Here, there is information on the park itself, and the things that you can enjoy. There is a museum on Carver's life too, which will give kids a great insight into what they are about to experience.
There are interpretive exhibits all on the history and the science, as well as a film you can enjoy, and a bookstore.
If you love nature, get those walking shoes on, because the Carver Trail is a lovely 1 mile, self-guiding loop that takes you into the woods, and along a tallgrass prairie restoration area.
Make sure you keep an eye out for the Boy Carver statue, and visit the grades of Moses and Susan Carver - his parents.
For many visitors walking the Carver Nature Trail is a tranquil experience. One can clearly capture the same enthusiasm young George showed for all of nature. The rustic Carver Nature Trail offers a canopy of different native Missouri trees with lush ground cover.
Many activities offered at the park are related to George Washington Carver's work and interests. He had a "Secret Garden," a rock collection, and wood carvings. He also painted landscapes and flowering plants so students of all ages are invited to a Natural Dyes program at the park.
Don't miss the activities and events kids can enjoy at the park, from carving, natural dyes, and programs all about wildlife and ecosystems!
Pack a fun lunch for the family and enjoy it in park!
Healthy Eating It's always a great idea to carry healthy snacks and bottled water with you to keep that energy up!
From Interstate 44:
From Exit 11A on I-44, take US 71 south to Highway V. Go east 4 miles, then south ½ mile on Carver Road.
From Exit 18A on I-44, take Highway 59 south to Diamond.
Go west 2 miles on Highway V, then south ½ mile on Carver Road.
From Neosho, MO:
Take US 71 north to Highway V. Go east 4 miles, then south ½ mile on Carver Road.
Take Highway 59 north to Diamond. Go west 2 miles on Highway V, then south ½ mile on Carver Road.
They offer field trips and lesson plans for your students, but also a Teacher To Ranger To Teacher programme designed to train you the teacher as a park ranger in your summer vacation!
There is a bookstore in the visitor center where you can pick up gifts and items relating to the history and the park!
The visitor center is wheelchair accessible. When you are there, ask about the Carver Trail. Service animals are welcome.
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