This post is one in a series of 52 posts featuring a Missouri State Park of the Week for each week in 2015. To find all Missouri State Parks of the Week posts simply click here, or visit the “Outdoor Adventure” category on the homepage. Happy exploring in 2015 and enjoy the show!
When Babler Memorial State Park was founded in 1938, the landscape of forested ridges and deep ravines that empty into the nearby Missouri River was in the country, a long ride from the city of St. Louis.
Today, the park is surrounded by the suburbs of west St. Louis County, whose residents show up to picnic, hike, camp and study nature in this outdoor classroom.
A bronze statue of Dr. Edmund A. Babler greets them as they arrive at the entrance. Babler was a surgeon known for devoting much of his time to the unfortunate and poverty-stricken.
The park is in the 150-square-mile Rockwood School District and its more than 21,000 students. Missouri State Parks has an agreement with the district that allows it to operate an outdoor education center in the park.
Babler also is home to a handsome collection of rustic structures built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s.