Educational Excursions

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Educational Excursions are held on the first and last days of the conference, Sunday, June 23rd and Wednesday, June 26th, and are designed to give attendees a family and consumer sciences-flavored taste of the host city!

Sunday, June 23rd


The Missouri Botanical Garden: Tour the Demonstration Gardens! 
The History of St. Louis: Visit the Old Courthouse and Gateway Arch
Forest Park and the Missouri History Museum

Wednesday, June 26th


The History of St. Louis: Visit the Old Courthouse and Gateway Arch
A Walking Tour of the Hill--Visit St. Louis's Historic Italian Neighborhood!
The Coffee Grounds of St.  Louis

Sunday, June 23rd

11:30am-4:00pm The Missouri Botanical Garden: Tour the Demonstration Gardens!, $50

On this trip to the Missouri Botanical Garden, the oldest botanical garden in continuous operation in the US, you’ll enjoy a guided tour designed just for AAFCS attendees!  The Botanical Garden is home to eight acres of Demonstration Gardens, home to twenty-three residential gardens. You'll learn about their design, operation, and more!  Plus, of course, you’ll have some time to explore on your own.

All sections of the Missouri Botanical Garden except the Temperate House and Tower Grove House are wheelchair accessible. Neither space is part of the planned guided tour. Wheelchairs are available on-site on a first-come, first-served basis—if you believe you will need one, please contact AAFCS when you purchase your tickets and we will attempt to reserve one on your behalf. The Garden tram is accessible to manual wheelchairs, and these are available on a complimentary basis for those who use motorized wheelchairs. You can learn more about the Garden’s accessibility here, including accommodations for visitors who are visually impaired or have sensory or other concerns.


12:00pm-3:30pm* The History of St. Louis: Visit the Old Courthouse and Gateway Arch, $25 

The Gateway Arch is St. Louis's most iconic piece of architecture—and it's just across the street from the hotel! The day begins with a ranger-guided tour of the Old Courthouse—where the famous Dred Scott case was decided. The Courthouse is now a museum, and houses a wealth of information on slavery in St. Louis, along with many beautiful paintings. You'll then walk over to the newly refurbished Gateway Arch and enjoy a ranger-led tour of the Arch museum. Please note: This tour does NOT include a ride up the arch—you can purchase a ticket for one of the early or late tours that day here.

This tour involves walking to both locations—each within 2 blocks of the hotel. The Gateway Arch museum is fully accessible; the Old Courthouse is equipped with a wheelchair lift but the upstairs levels can only be accessed via stairs, and the theater involves two steps. There is a limited amount of walking once you’ve entered the museums.

If you would like to attend only the Gateway Arch portion of this tour due to accessibility restrictions, please contact us at annualconf@aafcs.org and we will adjust the ticket price.


12:00pm-4:00pm Forest Park and the Missouri History Museum, $50

You’ll begin your excursion with a guided bus tour through historic Forest Park, home to the 1904 World’s Fair. This narrated tour winds through the streets of Forest Park while uncovering the history, beauty, and enlightening stories from 1876 to today. Plus, you'll stop at one of the sites of the 1904 Olympics, Washington University! Then, you’ll head to the Missouri History Museum, where you’ll enjoy a guided tour of the World’s Fair exhibit and have some time on your own!

The Missouri History Museum is fully wheelchair accessible and manual wheelchairs are available on-site on a first-come, first-served basis. Learn more about the Museum’s accessibility here.

Wednesday, June 26th


1:45pm-5:15pm* The History of St. Louis: Visit the Old Courthouse and Gateway Arch, $25

The Gateway Arch is St. Louis's most iconic piece of architecture—and it's just across the street from the hotel! The day begins with a ranger-guided tour of the Old Courthouse—where the famous Dred Scott case was decided. The Courthouse is now a museum, and houses a wealth of information on slavery in St. Louis, along with many beautiful paintings. You'll then walk over to the newly refurbished Gateway Arch and enjoy a ranger-led tour of the Arch museum. Please note: This tour does NOT include a ride up the arch—you can purchase a ticket for one of the early or late tours that day here.

This tour involves walking to both locations—each within 2 blocks of the hotel. The Gateway Arch museum is fully accessible; the Old Courthouse is equipped with a wheelchair lift but the upstairs levels can only be accessed via stairs, and the theater involves two steps. There is a limited amount of walking once you’ve entered the museums.

If you would like to attend only the Gateway Arch portion of this tour due to accessibility restrictions, please contact us at annualconf@aafcs.org and we will adjust the ticket price.


2:00pm-7:00pm A Walking Tour of the Hill--Visit St. Louis's Historic Italian Neighborhood!, $70

Come and visit St. Louis’s own “Little Italy,” The Hill, home to some twenty-eight restaurants and delis plus the childhood homes of Baseball Hall of Famers Yogi Berra and Joe Garagiola.

Your hosts, Hill native Joe DeGregorio and Hill resident Sam Martorelli, will provide you the opportunity to experience why this beloved neighborhood remains a unique and special destination for visitors and St. Louisans alike.  Besides famous restaurants, bakeries, Italian grocery, and other specialty stores, the Hill has many other aspects that can educate, charm, and delight visitors.

You’ll learn about the colorful history of the area, who was there before, the arrival of the Italians around 1890, and why they came and stayed. Your guide will touch on the cultural, religious, culinary, sports, architectural, and business aspects of the neighborhood. Stops will include Mama Toscano’s, a Food Network favorite and home to amazing homemade ravioli; St. Ambrose Church; and many other local businesses! After your tour, you’ll top off the day with a delicious dinner at Favazza’s! (included in the cost of your ticket)

This tour includes walking—please wear comfortable shoes! The agenda is TBD and we will update with accessibility information as soon as possible. 


2:15pm-5:15pm The Coffee Grounds of St.  Louis, $45

On this bus tour, discover the robust past, present, and future of coffee in St. Louis! You’ll enjoy a guided driving tour through the city and a visit to a local roaster or two. Learn more about the city and a growing industry!

While this is a bus tour, there will be some stops where attendees will disembark. This agenda is TBD and we will update with accessibility information as soon as possible.