Forest Park Office

The Forest Park Office is located in the lower level of the Dennis and Judith Jones Visitor and Education Center in Forest Park. Formerly known as the Lindell Railway Pavilion, this building was renovated by Forest Park Forever and reopened in 2003.

Department staff working in this office include an Outdoor Skills Specialist, an Education Consultant, a Naturalist and a Public Services Assistant to provide St. Louis-area residents with conservation programs, workshops, materials, educational grants and instructional resources. For more information about the building, or for a map to Forest Park, visit Forest Park Forever’s website, listed in External Links.

Trails and Lakes

The Missouri Department of Conservation has assisted with the development and management of several areas within Forest Park:

  • Kennedy Forest, located near the St. Louis Zoo, has wooded trails, a pavilion and bathroom facilities.
  • Jefferson Lake, near the St. Louis Science Center’s Planetarium, is stocked for public fishing and has trails, ADA-accessible parking and a fishing platform (for stocking updates, call the fish-stocking hotline at 636-300-9651).
  • The Hatchery Lakes, located in the northeast corner of the park, are available for reservation only by educational groups. Groups can conduct fishing and aquatic education programs at these lakes. To reserve a lake for your educational group, call 314-877-1309.

Reserve Pavilions

To reserve pavilions in the park or learn about bus parking regulations in Forest Park, contact St. Louis City Parks and Recreation at 314-289-5300, or visit their website, which is listed in External Links.

Free Programs

  • School and public programs on a variety of conservation education topics are conducted free in the park.
  • See Related Information below for a listing of school programs in Forest Park, and download our St. Louis-area newsletter, “Conservation Connections” to browse our general programs.
  • We also conduct introductory fishing classes in Forest Park for kids ages 7 – 15. 

Pursue Professional Development

Teachers and youth leaders can also get free professional development, consultation and assistance with materials, equipment, grants, Discovery Trunks, and other resources to assist them with conservation education and outdoor skills needs. Call 314-877-1309 for more information.


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