INA, Ill. (Feb. 12, 2019) – Two Rend Lake College Day Tours this fall will feature many popular attractions in St. Louis that are sure to peak many interests. Stops on these two trips include the Anheuser Estate, the famous Blue Owl restaurant, Kimmswick Bone Bed, the St. Louis Botanical Garden, Bowood Farms and Heman Park Bird Habitat Garden.

The Bones, Beer Baron and the Blue Owl begins with a visit to the Anheuser Estate, ancestral home of Fred and Mabel Ruth Anheuser. Fred’s great grandfather, Eberhard Anheuser, was the founder of E. Anheuser Brewing Company, the brewery that later became known as Anheuser Busch, producer of the world famous Budweiser Beer. After the Anheuser Estate tour, we will enjoy lunch at The Blue Owl restaurant. The Blue Owl has been featured on the food channel four times. Mary’s mile high levee pie was chosen as one of Oprah’s favorite things for her Christmas list a few years back. No one is disappointed with the food and especially not the dessert. You may even want to take home some of their famous apple butter.

Then, we will step back in time with a visit to Mastodon State Historic Site after lunch. The park contains an important archaeological and paleontological site – the Kimmswick Bone Bed. Here, scientists discovered the first solid evidence of the coexistence of humans and the American mastodon in eastern North America. Enjoy a brief film highlighting the park, a private ranger talk, and time to explore the museum which includes an impressive mastodon skeleton. Tour fees, lunch, gratuities, and charter bus transportation are included. You must pre-register by March 27th. The cost of the trip is $120 and it will depart on Friday, April 26.

In the second St. Louis offering, adventurers will be treated to one of the top three Botanical Gardens in the country. On Gardens of St. Louis, we will visit the Missouri Botanical Gardens, home to the world’s first climatron building and at the forefront of plant holdings and biological research. You’ll enjoy a private tram ride through the Garden and take in the spring colors in bloom. You’ll also receive a gift card for lunch at Sassafras Café and have time to visit the amazing gift shop. After lunch we will head to Bowood Farms. Originally located in Clarksville, Mo., this perennial grower expanded its reach into the St. Louis market and opened in the Central West End in a decaying warehouse. The visionaries at Bowood Farms saw the makings of a natural greenhouse-style facility and began the rehab in January 2005. Today, the Bowood team continually seeks out the best plant vendors to complement their offerings so there is always something in bloom no matter the time of year.

Later that afternoon we will visit one of the newest public gardens in St. Louis, The Heman Park Bird Habitat Garden. The St. Louis region is on the great Mississippi migratory bird flyway. In addition to beautifying the area by utilizing native plants, the new garden will provide food and habitat for both local and migratory birds. Tour fees, lunch, gratuities, and charter bus transportation are included. You must pre-register by April 10th. The cost of the trip is $120 and it will depart on Thursday, May 23.

Buses will depart and return from the following places and times:

- John A. Logan College Campus by tennis courts parking lot at 6:45a.m.; return by 7:15 p.m.
- Marion Cornerstone Church parking lot (by Sam's Club) at 7:00a.m.; return by 7:00 p.m.
- Rend Lake Main Campus at 7:30 a.m.; return by 6:30 p.m.
- Mt. Vernon Marketplace at 8:00 a.m.; return by 6:00 p.m.

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