Rich in St. Charles County history, this 109-acre park features a reconstructed 1800s historical homestead, formerly known as the “Pink Plantation,” and features paved and natural surface trails, a large fishing pond, picnic areas, a forest-themed playground and a series of interlinked scenic rain gardens for the public to enjoy. Experience history, nature and education all coming together at Towne Park (PDF), including the only certified nature explore classroom in St. Charles County.
Donated by the late Mrs. Betty Towne, the property was to be preserved and turned into a public park. For its efforts to restore the homestead, the Parks Department was recognized at the Missouri State Capital in Jefferson City by receiving the 2007 McReynolds Award from the Missouri Alliance for Historic Preservation.
Nature Explore Classroom
The main focal points of the park are the restored homestead and the certified nature explore classroom, which is a dynamic, nature-based play and learning space, which supports skill development in children by reconnecting them with the outdoors.
The nature explore classroom is certified by the Arbor Day Foundation and Dimensions Educational Research Foundation and encompasses 11 learning stations for children to explore. It features:
- Balance Area
- Building Area
- Dirt Digging Area
- Gathering Area
- Messy Materials Area
- Music And Movement Area
- Nature Art Area
- Open Play Area
- Sand Play Area
- Water Area
- Wildflower Area
This classroom is truly a magical place for children to learn, discover, and explore nature.
The homestead will be open as scheduled for tours and special events involving living history performers. Volunteers will be needed to assist with demonstrations, re-enactments and more! Please contact the St. Charles County Parks Department at 636-949-7535, if interested.
- From I-64 or I-70, take Highway 61 north toward Troy
- Travel north on Highway 61 about 6 miles
- Turn right at Farris Road exit, then right at Towne Park Drive