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@ Florissant Valley | Forest Park | Meramec | Off-Site

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Group Trips and Tours: On the Weekend

NEW! Walking Tour of Central West End

Stroll through some of St. Louis’ grandest architecture and explore famous authors, ghosts and celebrities that have called this neighborhood home. Tour includes the Cathedral Basilica, Chase Park Plaza, Hortense Place and many hidden architectural and history treasures. Meet in Chase Park Plaza lobby. Withdrawal deadline for refund: 8/23.
TRIP:701 | 1 session | $25 AGE 60+ | $25 REG
F03 | Sa 10 a.m,-noon | RenegadeSTL
Sept. 14 | FP-Off Campus

Forest Park Walking Tour

See Forest Park in a whole new light—not just as the backdrop for the 1904 World’s Fair but as a reflection of our city’s complicated history and promising future. In this two-hour walking tour, explore a hidden corner of the Missouri History Museum, learn the stories behind some of the amazing statues tucked away throughout the park and see familiar sites through the eyes of countless generations of St. Louisans, including those who called this area home 10,000 years ago. Provide own transportation to tour, which will begin at Forest Park visitors center’s south entrance. Withdrawal deadline for refund: 9/6.
TRIP:701 | 1 session | $45 AGE 60+ | $45 REG
F05 | Sa 10 a.m.-noon | RenegadeSTL
Sept. 28 | FP-Off Campus

Exploring St. Louis

Discover places you probably haven’t seen before in the St. Louis area. Some are historical and some are so new you may be the first of your friends to visit. We carpool and there is always space in a car for a non-driver. Admission fees are extra and bring a lunch the first day. Come explore with us… every week is a fun adventure! Walking involved. First class meets on campus in the Student Center Cafeteria, followed by a tour. Class meets off-campus after first session. Withdrawal deadline for refund: 9/12.
TRIP:701 | 4 sessions | $63 AGE 60+ | $99 REG
F07 | Th 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. | Joan Huisinga
Oct. 3 – Oct. 24 | MC-Off Campus

Re-Live the 1904 World’s Fair

Join us for an illustrated, narrated tour of the historic 1904 World’s Fair grounds in and around Forest Park. Travel back in time through a special 3D stereoscopic presentation (special 3D glasses will be provided), and then visit the sites of the marvels you’ve just seen: the colossal ferris wheel and floral clock, festival hall and the Grand Basin, the fabulous pike with the Tyrolean Alps and baby incubators, the Philippine village and the walled city of Jerusalem, the first Olympic Games to be held in the USA, massive buildings, famous and exotic people, amazing inventions and much more! Fee includes a light lunch of foods made famous at the Fair and print materials (including maps) for you to take home. Some walking required. Provide own transportation for the tour.
TRIP:701 | 1 session | $40.50 AGE 60+ | $59 REG
F08 | Sa 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. | C. Koehler, D. Schneider
Oct. 5 | FP-G, 115

10,000+ Years in 2 Hours

Talk about time travel! Join a whirlwind tour of all things St. Louis history in Renegade STL’s signature off-beat style. Go beyond the everyday sights and venture into neighborhoods such as Hyde Park, The Ville, Carondelet, Gravois Park, Cherokee Street and more! Tour covers the beautiful architecture, the monumental history and the modern challenges of the Red Brick City, St. Louis. This is a bus tour with two to three stops. Minimal walking beyond stepping off of bus is required. Bus leaves from Forest Park campus in the parking lot behind Tower G. Senior discount does not apply.
TRIP:701 | 1 session | $35 AGE 60+ | $35 REG
F09 | Sa 10 a.m.-noon | RenegadeSTL
Oct. 12 | FP-Off Campus

NEW! True Crime Tour

Exclusive to STLCC! Join Renegade STL as we go deep into all things true crime throughout St. Louis’ colorful history! Reaching back through our city’s 255-year history, we will discuss the true stories behind some of the most notorious crimes as well as uncover stories that have been lost to popular history. Bus leaves from Forest Park campus in the parking lot behind Tower G.
TRIP:701 | 1 session | $45 AGE 60+ | $45 REG
F13 | Sa 10 a.m.-noon RenegadeSTL
Oct. 26 | FP-Off Campus

Women’s History Bus Tour

Exclusive to STLCC! Join Renegade STL as we go in search of a speeding steamboat captain, post-Civil War presidential candidate, broken-hearted heiresses, and so many more incredible stories of women who left their marks on St. Louis history. Tour travels through both north and south St. Louis and visits sites in the heart of downtown. Bus leaves from Forest Park campus in the parking lot behind Tower G.
TRIP:701 | 1 session | $35 AGE 60+ | $35 REG
F15 | Sa 10 a.m.-noon | RenegadeSTL
Nov. 9 | FP-Off Campus

Group Trips and Tours: On Week Days

NEW! Our Newest National Park, Ste. Genevieve

Historic sites of Ste. Genevieve have been designated as North America’s newest National Park, earning this spot as the best collection of French Colonial architecture in the nation. Learn why the town received this honor and tour the latest restored examples on the National Park grounds. Enjoy lunch at the Old Brick House followed by tours of two historic houses on the town square. There will be time for shopping a quick wine tasting or an ice cream cone on your own before we head back to campus. Anticipate slightly uneven ground by two sites and walking around the square. Cost includes bus, town guide, admissions, lunch and gratuities. Meet tour bus on Lot E on NW side of Meramec campus. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to departure time. Withdrawal deadline for refund: 8/15.
TRIP:701 | 1 session | $114.50 AGE 60+ | $125 REG
F01
| Th 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | Joan Huisinga
Aug. 29 | MC-Off Campus

NEW! Walk Across the Mississippi River

Enjoy an educational stroll across McKinley Bridge before setting off by bus to explore Granite City, an Illinois company town founded in 1896 and named after the kitchenware manufactured there. Experience the town through a new lens, visiting the art and design district, silk stocking row, Route 66, railroad buildings, an art deco library, graffiti alley, army camp and remnants of the town it once was. Lunch will be in Illinois in a historic bank building. Also see an I-house turned into a museum. Cost includes bus, town guide, admissions, lunch and gratuities. Bus leaves from Forest Park campus in the parking lot behind Tower G. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to departure time. Withdrawal deadline for refund: 8/22.
TRIP:701 | 1 session | $64 AGE 60+ | $69 REG
F02
| Th 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. | Douglas Schneider
Sept. 12 | FP-Off Campus

Great Tips for Traveling Abroad

Planning an international trip this year? Many mistakes can be avoided by tapping the brains and experiences of those who’ve been there. Our instructor has traveled through Italy, Turkey, Austria, England, France, Greece, China and Egypt and offers numerous helpful tips for what to bring (and more importantly what not to bring!), the best ways to pack, things to do before you leave (home safety) plus lots and lots of tips on traveling internationally. Little things can make a big difference in your experience. If you’re planning to go abroad, make this class your first stop!
TRIP:703 | 1 session | $20.50 AGE 60+ | $25 REG
F01
| Tu 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Fred Miller
Sept. 17 | Clayton HS, 123

We have more!

Prepare for your travel with foreign language classes. Explore our many options—including Arabic, Bosnian/Croation, French, Gaelic, German, Italian, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish!

NEW! Pompeii in St. Louis

Relive the catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius and the rediscovery of the Roman city of Pompeii with nearly 200 authentic artifacts and interactives at the St. Louis Science Center. Experience a guided tour through the exhibit followed by a private lecture by an expert on Roman culture and history. Enjoy a Sicilian lunch at Bartolino’s Osteria. Withdrawal deadline for refund: 9/30.
TRIP:701 | 1 session | $109 AGE 60+ | $109 REG
F16
| M 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | Are We There Yet?
Sept. 23 | FV-Off Campus
Meet tour bus: Top of circular drive between Administration and Social Sciences buildings
F17 | M 9:30 a.m.-3:15 p.m. | Are We There Yet?
Sept. 23 | MC-Off Campus
Meet tour bus: Lot W on NW side of Meramec campus

NEW! Unusual Little Museums

Visit unique St. Louis museums you probably didn’t know existed with collections spanning music, money, art, religion and then some. We will travel off the beaten path to different areas of the city, discovering small, hidden gems along the way. There is a flight of stairs in two buildings. Cost includes bus, admissions, lunch and gratuities. Meet tour bus on Lot E on NW side of Meramec campus. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to departure time. Withdrawal deadline for refund: 8/23.
TRIP:701 | 1 session | $91.50 AGE 60+ | $99 REG
F04
| Th 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. | Joan Huisinga
Sept. 26 | MC-Off Campus>

NEW! Millionaire’s Row

Millionaire’s Row, which sits on the edge of the new $94 million NGA site, features lavish Victorian mansions built by prominent St. Louis businessmen in the 1870s and 1880s with architectural styles spanning Italianate, Second Empire and Romanesque Revival. Visit one of three African-American museums on Millionaire’s Row, the George B. Vashon Museum. See gargoyles, flounder houses and breweries on the tour as well. Bus leaves from Forest Park campus in the parking lot behind Tower G. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to departure time.
TRIP:701 | 1 session | $54 AGE 60+ | $59 REG
F06
| W 9:30 a.m.-noon | Douglas Schneider
Oct. 2 | FP-Off Campus

Haunted House: St. Louis Stories at the Lemp Mansion

Meet at the Lemp Mansion, 3322 DeMenil Place, one of America’s most haunted houses to tour and learn about the family. Enjoy lunch followed by Joan’s program on St. Louis favorite ghosts and haunted homes. Parking is on the lot next door to the home and on the street. Cost includes home tour, lunch and lecture.
TRIP:701 | 1 session | $34 AGE 60+ | $39 REG
F10
| W 11 a.m.-2 p.m. | Joan Huisinga
Oct. 16 | MC-Off Campus

NEW! Beautiful Belleville

Explore Belleville, IL through a guided walking tour (1.5 to 2 miles) to learn the early history of Belleville founders and famous visitors and to view the town’s French and German architecture. A German historical neighborhood featuring houses of various tradesmen and merchants will be highlighted. Visit the Belleville Labor and Industrial Museum for an informative experience. Enjoy lunch at the new Hofbrauhaus. After lunch, tour the seat of the Belleville Diocese–Cathedral of St. Peter, modeled after the Exeter cathedral in England. Fee includes professional tour guide Dea Hoover, motorcoach transportation, local guided tour in Belleville, IL, lunch at Hofbrahaus, tour of Cathedral of St. Peter, and all gratuities to driver and guide. Please note the Belleville historical tour is a walking tour of 1.5 to 2 miles at a leisurely pace. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to departure time. Withdrawal deadline for refund: 10/1.
TRIP:701 | 1 session | $109 AGE 60+ | $109 REG
F11
| Th 8:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | Are We There Yet?
Oct. 17 | FV-Off Campus
Meet tour bus: Top of circular drive between Administration and Social Sciences buildings
F12 | Th 9:15 a.m.-4 p.m. | Are We There Yet?
Oct. 17 | MC-Off Campus
Meet tour bus: Lot W on NW side of Meramec campus

St. Louis Cortex By Bus

The Cortex Innovation Community is home to a vibrant 200-acre innovation hub and technology district integrated into St. Louis’ historic Central West End. This tour explores the district, stopping to visit hot spots in our local Silicon Valley. Discover which building offers weekly free lectures with free wine/beer. The tour will also show off the new neighboring projects being developed: City Foundry and The Armory. Lunch at the Chocolate Pig. Bus leaves from Forest Park campus in the parking lot behind Tower G. Withdrawal deadline for refund: 6/28.
TRIP:701 | 1 session | $64 AGE 60+ | $69 REG
F14
| Tu 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Douglas Schneider
Oct. 29 | FP-Off Campus

NEW! Exploring Historic Edwardsville

Enjoy a day exploring and learning Edwardsville’s history. Visit the 1820 Colonel Benjamin Stephenson House, a two-story Federal-style brick home built with native material and featuring original millwork. Enjoy a guided tour and demonstrations with docents dressed in period costumes. Delight in lunch at Bella Milano before a wonderful tour of Wildey Theater, designated by the Edwardsville Historic Preservation Commission as a Local Landmark. Start your exploration of Edwardsville history with a guided tour of the theater and learn how they make their legendary popcorn! Next, partake in a guided tour of Edwardsville—the third-oldest city in Illinois—to visit the Leclaire Neighborhood, travel the Route 66 trail to historic Saint Louis Street, and relax with a scenic drive through the campus of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville before heading home. Fee includes professional tour guide Dea Hoover, motorcoach transportation, all listed attractions, inclusive lunch at the Bella Milano and treat at Annie’s Frozen Custard, gratuities for guides and driver, and all reservations and arrangements. Please note there is no elevator access to the second floor, only stairs. Meet tour bus at top of circular driveway between Administration and Social Sciences Buildings. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to departure time. Withdrawal deadline for refund: 10/15.
TRIP:702 | 1 session | $109 AGE 60+ | $109 REG
F05
W 9:15 a.m.-4 p.m. | Are We There Yet?
Oct. 30 | FV-Off Campus
Meet tour bus: Top of circular drive between Administration and Social Sciences buildings
F04
| W 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | Are We There Yet?
Oct. 30 | MC-Off Campus
Meet tour bus: Lot W on NW side of Meramec campus

NEW! Spa Tour

Enjoy dinner at the VitalityBowls Superfood Café while learning how healthy food can be affordable and quick. Next, experience a guided exploration of PALM Health, including neuroplasticity and active stretch sessions. Founded in 2016, PALM Health’s integrative medicine and wellness center offers a comprehensive range of medical, fitness, coaching, lifestyle and spa services designed to transform lives by focusing on prevention and maintenance of a healthy lifestyle. Suggested attire is casual/athleisure wear. Provide own transportation. Meet tour guide at Lot E on NW side of Meramec campus. Please arrive 15 minutes early to complete driving arrangements. Withdrawal deadline for refund: 10/11.
TRIP:702 | 1 session | $59 AGE 60+ | $59 REG
F06 | W 4-8:30 p.m. | Are We There Yet?
Nov. 20 | MC-Off Campus

Route 66 in Illinois: Springfield to Carlinville

Come explore the Mother Road in Illinois. See a motorcycle club’s Route 66 mural, visit the home of the corn dog for a morning corn dog or doughnut, view a patriotic muffler man, and get photographed near the turkey tracks. Enjoy lunch in a well-preserved 1929 soda fountain, with a chance to visit a 19th century pharmacy. Explore a neon museum and meet the man who created all the draperies for the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library. We will also see the Battle of Virden monument and drive a unique stretch of brick Route 66 pavement. Meet tour bus on Lot E on NW side of Meramec campus. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to departure time. Withdrawal deadline for refund: 10/21.
TRIP:702 | 1 session | $109 AGE 60+ | $119 REG
F07
| Tu 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | Douglas Schneider
Nov. 12 | MC-Off Campus

Country Christmas

Christmas customs were different over 100 years ago in what was the “country” at the time. Travel back in time as we visit the Sappington House and the Hawken House to learn about their holiday celebrations. Then it’s on to Kimmswick for a modern lunch at the historic Blue Owl followed by a tour of the Anheuser Estate and perhaps the Burgess Howe House for some last minute shopping. The tour includes guide, homes, lunch, transportation and gratuities. Meet tour bus on Lot E on NW side of Meramec campus. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to departure time. Withdrawal deadline for refund: 10/1.
TRIP:702 | 1 session | $106 AGE 60+ | $115 REG
F03
| Tu 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | Joan Huisinga
Dec. 24 | MC-Off Campus

Christmas in the Green with Visit to Honeyshuck

Explore the Champ Clark House in Bowling Green, Missouri. This former residence of Honorable Champ Clark, congressman from Missouri’s 9th District who presided as speaker of the U. S. House of Representatives from 1911 to 1919. His son Bennett Clark was raised here and went on to distinguish himself as co-founder of The American Legion and U. S. Senator from the Show-Me State. When they moved to the house in 1898, Champ and his wife Genevieve named it Honeyshuck for the seed-pods of the locust trees in the yard. Now a National Historic Landmark and regional museum, the Clarks’ home is open to the public with collections that interpret not only the personal lives and political legacies of the Clark family, but the remarkable records and rich heritage of public service by elected office-holders from Pike County and Northeast Missouri. Also, enjoy a private, catered lunch at the Broken P Arena event venue before experiencing an annual Christmas bizarre in the Green that highlights the small-town, locally owned shops. Visit Bankhead Chocolates, famous for their chocolate caramel turtles where you will receive a chocolate turtle to sample. Then, enjoy shopping time at Bankhead’s, Heartstrings and the Country Store on your own. Fee includes: professional tour guide Dea Hoover, motorcoach transportation, private tour of Honeyshuck, inclusive lunch at Broken P Arena, sample at Bankhead’s Chocolate, and all gratuities to driver and guide. Meet tour bus on Lot E on NW side of Meramec campus. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to departure time. Withdrawal deadline for refund: 11/1.
TRIP:702 | 1 session | $89 AGE 60+ | $89 REG
F08 | Th 8 a.m.-5 p.m. | Are We There Yet?
Nov. 21 | MC-Off Campus

Christmas in Hermann Via Amtrak

Arrive in the German settlement town of Hermann just in time for lunch at Harvest Table with special holiday guest Pelze Nichol. Enjoy Christmas Tablescapes in the historic Rotunda building with elaborate holiday table displays, warm cider and carols that create a festive atmosphere. Revel in The Spirit of Christmas Concert at St. Martin’s Church at Starkenburg. Afterward, travel to Valentine Hall country store for a bit of shopping and refreshments. Fee includes professional tour guide Dea Hoover, motorcoach transportation, Amtrak ticket from Hermann to Kirkwood, lunch at Harvest Table with special guest presentation, Tablescapes event, Christmas concert, and all gratuities to driver and guide. Meet tour bus on Lot E on NW side of Meramec campus. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to departure time. Withdrawal deadline for refund: 11/1.
TRIP:702 | 1 session | $119 AGE 60+ | $119 REG
F09 | F 9 a.m.-6 p.m. | Are We There Yet?
Dec. 6 | MC-Off Campus

Victorian Holiday

Travel back to the late 1800s with a refreshed and updated traditional Victorian holiday tour. Start with coffee and scones at Campbell House, one of the best examples of Victorian style in the U.S., decorated lavishly for Christmas with its special gift shop. Our second stop will be the Old Court House for a holiday concert before we enjoy high tea at the Missouri Athletic Club, home of an ever-changing gingerbread village. From there, travel to the historic Samuel Cupples house, a magnificent Renaissance building where we will have a bite of chocolate to top off our day. Both houses have second floors that contain steep steps. Fee covers transportation, food, admissions and gratuities. Meet tour bus on Lot E on NW side of Meramec campus. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to departure time. Withdrawal deadline for refund: 11/18.
TRIP:702 | 1 session | $106 AGE 60+ | $115 REG
F02
| W 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. | Joan Huisinga
Dec. 11 | MC-Off Campus

Vicarious Travel

NEW! Explore Southeastern France: A Travelogue

Enjoy a virtual trip to historic French cities including Bordeaux, St. Emilion (wine lovers, you’ll love it), Lourdes, Toulouse, Albi (cathedrals don’t get better than this one), Limoges, Dijon (Burgundy’s capital city) and Lyon (sister city of our St. Louis). We’ll also explore the incredible 15th century Hotel Deau at Beaune, the 10th century Cluny abbey, Ronchamp’s fabulous 1950s-era church by Le Corbusier and some wonderful parts of the magnificent Paris.
CLTR:702 | 1 session | $14 AGE 60+ | $19 REG
F01 Th 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Richard Mueller
Nov. 7 | FP-C, 217

NEW! Explore New Zealand: A Travelogue

“Visit” New Zealand to see some of the most spectacular scenery in the world and get to know the culture of the Maori people. Both the north and south islands of this beautiful country have much to offer. See the cities of Auckland with its famous Sky Tower, capital Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown. Also, experience the unforgettable Bay of Islands, Lake Wakatipu, Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound. The birdwatching is special, as are so many other aspects of this “down under” gem.
CLTR:702 | 1 session | $14 AGE 60+ | $19 REG
F02
Tu 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Richard Mueller
Nov. 12 | MC-SO, 108

NEW! Explore Cuba: A Travelogue

Gain an insightful view into this island filled with welcoming people, beautiful Spanish architecture, lots of music, rum, cigars, baseball and those fabulous 1950s American automobiles. From the capital and biggest city Havana to Cienfuegos and Trinidad, enjoy beautiful natural scenery and fascinating historic places. Sites related to the 1959 revolution, wonderful churches, Ernest Hemingway’s fascinating former home, a performance at the incredible Tropicana nightclub, and much more will be enjoyed.
CLTR:702 | 1 session | $14 AGE 60+ | $19 REG
F03
Tu 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Richard Mueller
Nov. 19 | MC-SO, 112

Explore Myanmar: A Travelogue

Discover one of Asia’s most interesting places: Myanmar. Formely known as Burma, Myanmar is beautiful in architecture and scenery, featuring some of the world’s most spectacular pagodas and temples, but also hosts an element of public policy that is highly controversial.
CLTR:702 | 1 session | $14 AGE 60+ | $19 REG
F04
Th 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Richard Mueller
Nov. 21 | FP-C, 217

We care about your comfort during our Tours and Trips!

So it’s important you are aware that these outings may require navigation of stairs or uneven surfaces. By nature, walking tours may offer limited access to seating.

If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in any program or activity, please contact the Continuing Education Access Office at 314-984-7704 as soon as possible in advance of the program for consideration of your accommodations request. For trips and tours, it is helpful to receive advance notice of up to one month. With less advance notice, it may be difficult to meet needs of interested members.

 

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