Events and Ongoing Programs

  1. Coronavirus Update
    The park’s Gift Shop, animal barns and playground are open. No rentals, birthday parties or field trips.  Read our summer camp rules and guildelines here.
    Read more on the Park Board's Coronavirus response here..
  1. Adopt an Urban Garden

    Enjoy the benefits of gardening and growing your own food — even if you don’t have a yard! Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park has 60 raised garden beds available for rent March-October. Choose from 8’x16’ or 16’x16’. You chose what to grow. Maintenance and watering are your responsibility. All garden beds are filled with topsoil and organic matter, with several water sources are on site. Plots are open dawn to dusk. Previous renters may renew garden plots Jan. 2. New renters may reserve plots Feb. 1.

    Age: 18 yrs. and up
    Date: March-October
    Open daylight hours
    Fee: $25 / 8x16 ft. plot(optional prep fee $15), $40 / 16x16 ft. plot (optional prep fee $30)

  2. Themed Educational Field Trips

    Fun and engaging educational field trips are available for pre-school through 5th grade classes. Designed to assist teachers by aligning with Missouri State Standards. Classes are 30-60 minutes long, and may include up to 45 students. Classes in the temperature-controlled barn classroom.
    Pre-school-5th grade
    By appointment, Tues.-Fri.
    $2.50/Student 30-minute class
    $3.50/Student 60-minute class
    Some schools qualify for discounts

  3. Fishing Pole Rentals

    Take the kids fishing in our one-acre stocked fishing pond. Hourly fishing pole rentals, available in the gift shop, include everything you need: fishing rod, reel and bait. Fishing is catch-and-release only, no keepers, and a license is not required.
    All ages
    April-Oct., 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. daily

  4. Family Fishing Night

    Bring the whole family for a relaxing evening of catch-and-release fishing, plus Cow Train and a campfire. Bring your own bait and gear. Limited fishing rod rentals available. Bring your own food to roast over the campfire. Disposable roasting forks provided or bring your own. Drinks and ice cream may be purchased in the Gift Shop. Ages 2 yrs. and younger are free with paid adult. Call 417-837-5949 to register. Registration required by 5 p.m. the day before event. Space is limited to 50 people. View flyer.

    For all ages
    Fridays, June 12, July 10, Aug. 14
    Bring your own gear: $5/Participant
    Rent our gear: $10/Participant