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

See the sights and embark on journeys to explore regional destinations and hidden treasures of the area.

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Weekday Trips

Scandalous Women of St. Louis

From intellectuals and societies' finest to ladies of the evening, the statement “well-behaved women seldom make history” holds true. Join us for an elegant dessert as we meet these famous and infamous women of St. Louis and hear how their stories became the headlines of the day. Withdrawal deadline for refund: 1/31. **
TRIP:701 | 1 session | $27.50 AGE 60+ | $35 REG
P01 Th 1-4 p.m. | Joan Huisinga
Feb. 13 | MC-Student Ctr, 201

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 | $21 AGE 60+ | $25 REG
P01 Tu 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Fred Miller
March 3 | Clayton HS, 123

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Calvary Cemetery and Old North

Travel to Calvary Cemetery to view graves of St. Louis’ founding family and other early local notables such as Dred Scott and General Sherman. Then it’s on to Most Holy Trinity for a tour and their famous fish fry, which has received so much publicity. After lunch, enjoy a short tour of Old North St. Louis to view the newest construction, including the National Geospatial-Intelligence center. Tour includes bus, donations, lunch and gratuities. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to departure time. Withdrawal deadline for refund: Feb. 13. **
TRIP:701 | 1 session | $80 AGE 60+ | $89 REG
P02 | F 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | Joan Huisinga
March 6 | MC-Off Campus
• NOTE: Meet tour bus on Lot E on NW side of Meramec campus.

NEW! Explore the Valley of Coal in Glen Carbon

Spend a day getting to know the village of Glen Carbon, starting with a visit to the 100-year-old brick school that now houses Heritage Museum and Old City Hall/Fire House. Explore vibrant exhibits and learn how the Madison Coal Corporation impacted the community with its company town approach to mining. After enjoying a catered lunch by Wooden Nickel Pub and Grill, explore the history and lingering wood smoke smells of Yanda Log Cabin, which served as home to a blacksmith family with 10 children. Delight in a guided driving tour of Glen Carbon including the site of the former Acme schoolhouse, Glen Carbon covered bridge and doughboy statue. Before heading home, we’ll stop at Bobby’s Frozen Custard, home of the famous turtle sundae, to appreciate a refreshing treat. Tour includes professional tour guide Dea Hoover, motorcoach, all listed attractions, speakers, experiences, inclusive lunch and all gratuities to driver and guide. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to departure time. Withdrawal deadline for refund: March 5. **
TRIP:702 | 1 session | $109 AGE 60+ | $109 REG
P01 Th 7:45 a.m.-4:45 p.m. | Are We There Yet?
March 26 | MC-Off Campus
• NOTE: Meet tour bus on Lot E on NW side of Meramec campus.
P02 Th 8:30 a.m.-4:15 p.m. | Are We There Yet?
March 26 | FV-Off Campus
• NOTE: Meet tour bus at top of circular driveway between Administration and Social Sciences Buildings.

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. 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 Cafe, followed by a tour. Class meets off-campus after first session. Tour includes tour guide, all fees for attractions and gratuities. Withdrawal deadline for refund: March 13. **
TRIP:701 | 4 sessions | $72 AGE 60+ | $99 REG
P04 F 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. | Joan Huisinga
March 27-April 24 | MC-Student Ctr, Cafe
• NOTE: No class 4/10. Class meets off-site after first session.

NEW! Music and Mill in Cape

Enjoy lunch at Celebrations while attending a private musical performance by Jerry Ford. A fixture at the Purple Crackle and the Colony Club in East Cape Girardeau, Ill. for many years, Ford has entertained audiences throughout the Midwest since 1957, providing back-up to Bob Hope, Red Skelton, Ray Stevens, Bobby Vinton, Ted Lewis and others. We’ll next visit Bollinger Mill Historic Site, home of Burfordville Covered Bridge, the oldest of its type in Missouri. Also, learn how the milling process works and, if river levels allow, observe a milling demonstration. Tour includes professional tour guide Dea Hoover, motorcoach, all listed attractions, speakers, experiences, inclusive lunch and all gratuities to driver and guide. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to departure time. Withdrawal deadline for refund: March 5. **
TRIP:702 | 1 session | $119 AGE 60+ | $119 REG
P03 F 9:30 a.m.-5:15 p.m. | Are We There Yet?
March 27 | MC-Off Campus
• NOTE: Meet tour bus on Lot E on NW side of Meramec campus.

Valley Park: City of Many Faces

In the 19th century, Ulysses S. Grant took wife-to-be Julia Dent to Valley Park because it was the perfect place to woo her. In the 21st century, filmmakers set up their cameras in Valley Park because it was the ideal location to shoot a movie about uranium-crazed zombies. Join us to view the many faces of this Meramec River city. Learn why rustlers who came to Valley Park were arrested, how Carol House got started and where the oar fights took place. You’ll also see the self-titled House of Fun bar, the spot where Charles Lindbergh danced with the local ladies and a building that served as both an AA meeting hall and a tavern. The tour explores disappearances of a train station and reveals a company built from a DIY kit as well as one wiped from the map in a single day, despite being largest of its kind in the U.S. The tour continues with Lemp family lore and a Hershey bar disaster. There is something for everyone on this tour! See why Valley Park is the most important company town in Missouri. Fee includes guide Doug Schneider, transportation, lunch and all gratuities. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to departure time. Withdrawal deadline for refund: March 10. **
TRIP:701 | 1 session | $71 AGE 60+ | $75 REG
P06 Tu 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. | Douglas Schneider
March 31 | MC-Off Campus
• NOTE: Meet tour bus on Lot E on NW side of Meramec campus.

Repurposed Gas Stations in St. Louis

Join us to explore former gas stations where people can now buy goldfish, have their kids examined by a pediatrician, sell gold, eat vegan chicken wings, buy craft beer, order pizza, or celebrate a birthday. People even live in an old gas station in St. Louis! This bus tour will show you different styles of gas stations and even an automobile laundry. Visit a coffee house in a repurposed gas station and receive a cookie to take home. Some walking involved. Withdrawal deadline for refund: 9/11.W
TRIP:701 | 1 session | $44 AGE 60+ | $45 REG
P07 F 10 a.m.-noon | Douglas Schneider
April 3 | FP-Off Campus
• NOTE: Meet tour bus in the parking lot behind Tower G at the Forest Park campus.

St. Louis on the Move

Private enterprise has invested billions in St. Louis recently. Learn about our newest additions and view what is being constructed including hotels, condos, entertainment districts and public spaces. While most of the tour will be driving, we will tour the inside of several newly opened sites. Enjoy some time at the ferris wheel, where there will be time for a ride at your own expense while the rest of us wave at you. Tour includes bus, lunch, donations and gratuities. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to departure time. Withdrawal deadline for refund: March 26. **
TRIP:701 | 1 session | $90 AGE 60+ | $99 REG
P09 Th 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | Joan Huisinga
April 16 | MC-Off Campus
• NOTE: Meet tour bus on Lot E on NW side of Meramec campus.

Radioactive St. Louis

World War II made St. Louis a center of radioactive activity and productivity. This bus tour includes a visit to the Weldon Spring Superfund cleanup site and a look at the West Lake landfill. See where the nation manufactured uranium to create atomic bombs for the Manhattan Project. Tour includes lunch at the Atomic Cowboy. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to departure time. Withdrawal deadline for refund: April 7. **
TRIP:701 | 1 session | $73.50 AGE 60+ | $79 REG
P11 Tu 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. | Douglas Schneider
April 21 | MC-Off Campus
• NOTE: Meet tour bus on Lot E on NW side of Meramec campus.

Gorgeous Grafton by Air, Land and Water

Join us as we soar over the Mississippi Bluffs on the brand new Grafton SkyTour to Aerie’s Resort and Winery. The SkyTour is the only combination lift in the Midwest and the second fixed-grip gondola in North America. At the top, enjoy breathtaking views overlooking the confluence of the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers. Explore the resort gift shops and stores and grab a drink on the expansive deck and beer garden. Group wine and beer tasting included. Next, enjoy lunch at Pere Marquette State Park Lodge. End the tour relaxing on the Hakuna Matata riverboat for a Mississippi River cruise. Based out of the Grafton Harbor, the Hakuna Matata has upper deck open-air seating and enclosed mid-deck seating. Tour includes professional tour guide Dea Hoover, motorcoach, all listed attractions, speakers, experiences, inclusive lunch and all gratuities to driver and guide. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to departure time. Withdrawal deadline for refund: April 3. **
TRIP:702 | 1 session | $119 AGE 60+ | $119 REG
P04 F 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. | Are We There Yet?
April 24 | MC-Off Campus
• NOTE: Meet tour bus on Lot E on NW side of Meramec campus.
P05 F 9:30 a.m.-4:45 p.m. | Are We There Yet?
April 24 | FV-Off Campus
• NOTE: Meet tour bus at top of circular driveway between Administration and Social Sciences Buildings.

NEW! Historic Old Town Florissant

The Florissant city motto is “Valley of Flowers,” but it really should be “City of Historic Buildings.” With many buildings from the 1800s and one building from 1790, this bus tour will take you through Old Town Florissant, where we’ll view St. Valentine’s relics at the Shrine of St. Ferdinand (1819). Enjoy lunch in a restaurant building that dates back to 1873, and peek in the windows of the narrow gauge railway station. Note: Part of the Shrine of St. Ferdinand tour involves walking up two flights of stairs. For those who choose not to climb the stairs, the guide will provide photos of what the 2nd and 3rd floors look like. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to departure time. Withdrawal deadline for refund: April 15. **
TRIP:701 | 1 session | $71 AGE 60+ | $75 REG
P14 W 10 a.m.-1 p.m. | Douglas Schneider
April 29 | FV-Off Campus
• NOTE: Meet tour bus at top of circular driveway between Administration and Social Sciences Buildings.

Route 66 in St. Louis City

Get your kicks on the St. Louis portion of Route 66! The bus tour includes frozen custard at Ted Drewes, a peek into a classic Route 66 motel room, the site of a Parkmoor (Curious what this is? Come find out!) and a Route 66 doughnut to take home. And, of course, we will stop to mourn the loss of the Coral Court Motel. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to departure time. Withdrawal deadline for refund: April 29. **
TRIP:701 | 1 session | $55 AGE 60+ | $59 REG
P17 W 1-4 p.m. | Douglas Schneider
May 6 | FP-Off Campus
• NOTE: Meet tour bus in the parking lot behind Tower G at the Forest Park campus.

NEW! Bonne Terre Bon Voyage!

Enjoy a bus ride to Bonne Terre’s huge man-made mine where you will explore its depths and history with a walking tour and underground boat ride. Enjoy viewing the town of Bonne Terre’s lovely homes and an impressive Space Museum, where you will be able to touch items that have actually flown in outer space, including a water tank from Skylab. After a provided lunch, see the Missouri Mines State Historic Site and its giant fossil thrombolites. Note: To enter the Bonne Terre mine, you will be walking down 62 steps and walking back up 62 steps. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to departure time. Withdrawal deadline for refund: March 10. **
TRIP:702 | 1 session | $122 AGE 60+ | $129 REG
P06 F 8 a.m.-3 p.m. | Douglas Schneider
May 8 | MC-Off Campus
• NOTE: Meet tour bus on Lot E on NW side of Meramec campus.

Historic Hermann and Dierberg Farm With Amtrak Ride

Ride the rails of Amtrak from Kirkwood, Mo., to Hermann, Mo., and step back in time as you visit Hermann School Museum. Used as an elementary school until 1955, the museum contains a large assortment of memorabilia from the early day of the town. A period-costumed docent will make the experience come to life. Enjoy lunch at Harvest Table followed by Dierberg Farm living history tour. Spend this guided tour learning about the history and the story of the people who lived and worked on the farm. Tour includes the first settlement village, two historic homes, period gardens and an open-air tram ride around the property. Before heading home, we will be sure to stop by Hermann Wurst Haus for a smoked sausage and bratwurst tasting. Tour includes professional tour guide Dea Hoover, motorcoach, all listed attractions, speakers, experiences, inclusive lunch and all gratuities to driver and guide. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to departure time. Withdrawal deadline for refund: April 17. **
TRIP:702 | 1 session | $119 AGE 60+ | $119 REG
P07 F 9 a.m.-6 p.m. | Are We There Yet?
May 8 | MC-Off Campus
• NOTE: Meet tour bus on Lot E on NW side of Meramec campus.

Weekend Explorers

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. Withdrawal deadline for refund: 2/21. **
TRIP:701 | 1 session | $35 AGE 60+ | $35 REG
P03 Sa 10 a.m.-noon | Renegade STL
March 14 | FP-Off Campus
• NOTE: Bus leaves from Forest Park campus in the parking lot behind Tower G.

St. Louis Women’s Literary History Bus Tour

Learn about St. Louis’ incredibly rich history of women writers, playwrights, poets and even a muse or two. This two-hour bus tour visits several sights that famous female authors, including Sara Teasdale, Kate Chopin and Maya Angelou, called home. Learn about their lives and work while gaining a historical context for the lives they led. We will also uncover several women whose work has been lost to popular history, but who will astound you with their genius and unbelievable life stories. This is a bus tour with two to three stops, including restroom stops. Minimal walking required. Withdrawal deadline for refund: March 6. **
TRIP:701 | 1 session | $45 AGE 60+ | $45 REG
P05 Sa 10 a.m.-noon | Renegade STL
March 28 | FP-Off Campus
• NOTE: Bus leaves from Forest Park campus in the parking lot behind Tower G.

10,000+ Years in Two 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. Withdrawal deadline for refund: March 12. **
TRIP:701 | 1 session | $35 AGE 60+ | $35 REG
P08 Sa 10 a.m.-noon | Renegade STL
April 4 | FP-Off Campus
• NOTE: Bus leaves from Forest Park campus in the parking lot behind Tower G.

NEW! Walking Tour of Central West End

Stroll through some of St. Louis’ grandest architecture and explore famous authors, ghosts and celebrities who have called this neighborhood home. Tour includes the Cathedral Basilica, Chase Park Plaza, Hortense Place and many hidden architectural and historical treasures. Withdrawal deadline for refund: March 27. **
TRIP:701 | 1 session | $25 AGE 60+ | $25 REG
P10 Sa 10 a.m.-noon | Renegade STL
April 18 | FP-Off Campus
• NOTE: Meet in Chase Park Plaza lobby.

NEW! Soulard and Lasalle Park Walking Tour

Head off in search of the hidden histories of Soulard and Lasalle Park! Go beyond the famous Soulard Market and see firsthand evidence of the deadly 1896 tornado, learn about the waves of immigrants from all corners of the world that shaped the neighborhood and even drop by a fur trader’s cottage. Withdrawal deadline for refund: April 3. **
TRIP:701 | 1 session | $25 AGE 60+ | $25 REG
P12 Sa 10 a.m.-noon | Renegade STL
April 25 | FP-Off Campus
• NOTE: Meet in front of the market at 8th and Lafayette.

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. Withdrawal deadline for refund: April 10. **
TRIP:701 | 1 session | $40.50 AGE 60+ | $59 REG
P13 Sa 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. | C. Koehler, D. Schneider
April 25 | FP-G, 115

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. Withdrawal deadline for refund: April 10. **
TRIP:701 | 1 session | $25 AGE 60+ | $25 REG
P15 Sa 10 a.m.-noon | Renegade STL
May 2 | FP-Off Campus
• NOTE: Meet at Forest Park visitors center’s south entrance.

Discover the History and Architecture of Downtown STL: A Walking Tour

Encounter the rich and vibrant history of St. Louis (and the United States!) on this downtown St. Louis walking tour. Discover, or re-discover, our special city’s unique site that hold historical and architectural significance both locally and nationally. Join us to awaken a new and/or deeper appreciation for the city known as the Gateway to the West. Refreshments and light snacks will be available for purchase at an eatery along the route. **
TRIP:701 | 1 session | $21.50 AGE 60+ | $29 REG
P16 Su 1-4 p.m. | Richard Mueller
May 3 | FP-Off Campus
• NOTE: Meet in front of Stifel Theater (south side of Market Street between 14th and 15th Streets.) Garage or street parking is available and may be an additional cost.

True Crime Bus 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. Withdrawal deadline for refund: April 17. **
TRIP:701 | 1 session | $45 AGE 60+ | $45 REG
P18 Sa 10 a.m.-noon | Renegade STL
May 9 | FP-Off Campus
• NOTE: Bus leaves from Forest Park campus in the parking lot behind Tower G.

Vicarious Travel

Explore Mayan Central America: A Travelogue

Gain an understanding of the interesting cultural aspects of the heart of Central America. Explore major sites that attract tourists to El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala and Belize, “visiting” major ruins of the Mayan world, including Copan and Tikal.
CLTR:702 | 1 session | $14 AGE 60+ | $19 REG
P01 Th 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Richard Mueller
April 2 | MC-SO, 105

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
P02 Tu 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Richard Mueller
April 7 | FP-C, 221

Explore Morocco: A Travelogue

Join us as we “visit” the fascinating country of Morocco, a gem of the Mediterranean and North Africa. You’ll learn about the history, architecture, people, food, religion and beautiful scenery of this captivating country.
CLTR:702 | 1 session | $14 AGE 60+ | $19 REG
P03 Th 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Richard Mueller
April 16 | MC-SO, 105

Explore Cuba: A Travelogue

Gain an insightful view into this island filled with welcoming people, beautiful Spanish architecture, vibrant 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
P04 Tu 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Richard Mueller
April 28 | FP-C, 221

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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