Events at the Farm

Rutledge-Wilson strives to offer a variety of family friendly events throughout the year. Whether you enjoy blue-grass music, fishing, or just want a fun place for the kids, Rutledge-Wilson is sure to have a special event for you.
  1. Mon Jul. 22 - Sat Jul. 27

    Discover Nature Fishing Camp A four-day fishing experience giving kids skills and confidence to go fishing on their own. Includes equipment, casting, fish ID and more., taught by the Mo. Dept. of Conservation. Attend four lessons to earn a certificate and Mo. Conservation Permit Card. Gear and bait provided, but space is limited. Register by June 11 at or call the MDC at 417-895-6881.
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  1. Fri Aug. 9

    Family Fishing Night A relaxing evening of catch-and-release fishing, plus the Cow Train, bounce house and a campfire. Bring the whole family! Space is limited and registration required. Call 837-5949 to register. Bring your own bait and gear. Some rods available through first-come-first-serve registration.
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Ongoing Programs

  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 70 raised garden beds available for rent March-October.  Choose from 8'x16' or 16'x16'. You chose what to grow, but all maintenance and watering are your responsibility. Plots are open dawn to dusk. All garden beds are filled with topsoil and organic matter and several water sources are on site. Previous renters may renew garden plots starting Jan. 2. New renters may reserve plots beginning Feb. 1.

    Age: 18 yrs. and up
    Date: March-November
    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.

    Age: Pre-school - 5th grade
    Date: By appointment
    Time: Tues.-Fri.
    Fee: $2.50/Student 30-minute class
    $3.50/Student 60-minute class
    Some schools qualify for discounts