TDWG 2006 Excursions

The afternoon of Wednesday 18 October has been set aside for a leisure break from Meeting business. It is possible that a GBIF Provider Training Course may also be run on that day.


The tours listed below must be booked in advance by indicating your interest during the Registration process. Late booking may be possible when you arrive at the venue but a place on a tour cannot then be guaranteed. All tours are subject to cancellation and refund of advance payment if there is insufficient interest.

Tour #1 - Grand Tour of St. Louis including Gateway Arch Ascension
Presented by Destination St. Louis

Wednesday, October 18, 2006
1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Cost: $47.00 per person
Minimum of 35 persons needed per coach




Includes box lunch en route to downtown, narrated tour with views of Laclede’s Landing, Mississippi Riverfront, Old Cathedral, Old Courthouse, and Market Street. Stop at Gateway Arch with tram ascension. Forest Park overview with stop at the New Cathedral, if available.

Your Destination St. Louis tour guide traces the history of St. Louis beginning with the city’s original settlement, Laclede’s Landing. It is now a nine block historic district filled with renovated turnof- the-century buildings housing shops, eateries and offices. Just east of the Landing you will pass the Gateway Arch excursion riverboats. En route you will enjoy a box lunch.

Next, visit the famous Gateway Arch, the Nation’s tallest monument, commemorating the gateway to the west for thousands of 19th century pioneers. Here you may take a tram ride to the top of this 630’ stainless steel architectural wonder. Those not wanting to ride the tram may enjoy Monument to the Dream, the film documenting the construction of the Arch. You may also visit the free Museum of Westward Expansion located beneath the Arch. The museum offers exhibits focusing on Indians, the early settlers in Missouri and the Oregon and Santa Fe Trails, which departed from St. Louis.

Next, pass the Old Cathedral, the oldest west of the Mississippi. Across the street is the Old Courthouse, the setting of cases involving slavery, the fur trade and equal rights. The Dred Scott Case is the most notable. Continuing west on Market Street, you will pass several of St. Louis’ civic buildings, plazas and a museum en route to historic St. Louis Union Station. Once the busiest rail terminal in the world, the Grand Hall and Train Shed have been magnificently renovated to house specialty stores and festive markets. After a brief walking tour of the Station, there will be time for lunch on your own and shopping.

En route to the St. Louis (New) Cathedral, “Meet Me In St. Louis” at Forest Park - the site of the 1904 World’s Fair and the third largest city park in the country. Today, Forest Park houses the world renowned Saint Louis Zoo, the Saint Louis Art Museum, the History Museum, the Science Center and the Muny, the largest outdoor theater in the country, among other attractions. At the New Cathedral you will see the largest collection of mosaics in the world - 84,000 square feet in 8,000 shades of color! The tiny pieces of stone and glass portray scenes from both Old and New Testaments, the life of Saint Louis IX, King of France and many men and women prominent in the history of St. Louis.


Includes Destination St. Louis tour guide, admissions to the Gateway Arch (tram or movie), box lunch, donation to the New Cathedral, 47-passenger motorcoach transportation and on-site coordination.

Tour #2 - Missouri Botanical Garden Tour

Wednesday, October 18, 2006
1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Garden Admission complimentary to registered TDWG Attendees
Pick up tickets at TDWG Registration Desk

Guided Tram Tour: $3.00, pay at tram stop



Founded in 1859, the Missouri Botanical Garden is one of the oldest botanical institutions in the country and a National Historic Landmark. The Garden is a center for botanical research and science education, as well as an oasis in the city of St. Louis - 79 acres of beautiful horticultural display, including a 14-acre Japanese strolling garden, the Climatron® conservatory, and Garden founder Henry Shaw's original 1850 estate home.

Tour #3 - Glass in the Garden - Chihuly at the Missouri Botanical Garden

Wednesday, October 18, 2006
Showings every half hour, 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Exhibit + Garden Admission: $10.00
Pickup tickets at Registration Desk



Glass in the Garden brings the work of renowned artist Dale Chihuly to St. Louis in a custom-designed exhibition dramatically installed within the natural landscapes of the Garden. The main exhibit is located inside the Climatron® conservatory

Tour #4 - Monsanto Center, Herbarium and Library

Wednesday, October 18, 2006
Tours at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Location: Monsanto Center, 1 block west of Main Entrance
Tours start in the main lobby
No cost


The Monsanto Center was opened in 1996 and houses the herbarium, library and research staff of Missouri Botanical Garden. The building exemplifies energy efficient techniques and earthquake-resistant construction. The library contains over 170,000 titles including a rare book collection of Linnean and pre-Linnean period works.


We are aware that some delegates will extend their stay in St. Louis after the close of the Meeting for sightseeing. If there is strong demand, we may be able to offer some of the excursions below (especially the longer excursions to the Butterfly House or Shaw Nature Reserve) on Monday 23 October. Please help us judge demand by contacting Adrian Rissone (TDWG2006 Excursions).

Butterfly House

The MBG has a Butterfly House situated about 25 miles from the city of St. Louis. If there is enough interest, a trip may be arranged with minimal transport costs charged to the delegate. The trip must be booked in advance by indicating your interest during the Registration process.

Shaw Nature Reserve

The MBG operates the Shaw Nature Reserve situated about 45 miles from the city of St. Louis, mainly hiking trails but there is a wildflower garden, a water walk and a restored prairie. If there is enough interest a trip may be arranged with minimal transport costs charged to the delegate. The trip must be booked in advance by indicating your interest during the Registration process.

Other Activities in the St. Louis area (for delegates to arrange privately)

Zoo, Art Museum, Science Center, History Museum (area history not natural history)

There is a very large old cathedral downtown by the river and the courthouse where the famous Dred Scott case was tried. The cathedral is included in the Grand Tour.

In western St. Louis county there is a Sculpture Park (art), a Transportation Museum, and a Dog Museum.  Downtown there is a Bowling Museum.

There are a few crafts/antique areas in St. Charles across the Missouri River to the west and Kimmswick to the south.

There are eagles to watch for just to the north on the Illinois side of the Mississippi.  There is a very nice park along the "Great River Road" called Pere Marquette with a big log-construction lodge up on top of a hill overlooking the river.  You can take a ferry back across the Mississippi to Missouri near there if you are driving.

There are vineyards to the west and vineyard tours you can take.

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