George Washington Carver National Monument in southwestern Missouri protects and preserves the birthplace and memorial to a famed African American botanist.
George Washington Carver National Monument
George Washington Carver was born into slavery during the Civil War. He overcame countless obstacles in both getting his education and reaching professional advancement.
He worked to help poor southern farmers find alternatives to cotton. He is well known for promoting peanuts and its many uses.
He worked at Tuskegee Institute.
Today the park preserves the site of the small farm George Washington Carver was born on. The farm was owned by Moses and Susan Carver. His exact birthdate is unknown.
Established in 1943, it was the first unit of the National Park Service dedicated to an African American.
The visitor center is the heart of the park. You can easily spend hours exploring all of the interpretive panels and educational information within the visitor center.
Plan to spend time learning more about not only George Washington Carver but also agriculture and his work with peanut butter.
You can watch the 26-minute film entitled, Struggle and Triumph The Legacy of George Washington Carver at the park or ahead of your visit.
Junior Ranger Program
The junior ranger program can be picked up at the visitor center. The park has a Plant Doctor activity booklet for ages 5 to 7 and a Scientist activity booklet available for ages 8 and older.
There is also an adult junior ranger program.
The Junior Ranger program is mainly filled out within the visitor center. It does take time to work your way through the displays and find all of the information.
The Carver Trail is a 1-mile self-guided trail that includes the birth site of George Washington Carver, the Boy Carver Statue, the 1881 Moses Carver House, and the graves of Moses and Susan Carver.
Guided Ranger tours are offered daily at 10 am and 2 pm of the trail. The guided tours take an hour and 15 minutes and begin at the visitor center.
Things to know when planning a visit
Park Address: 5646 Carver Road, Diamond, MO 64840
Park Hours: open 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM daily, except Thanksgiving Day, December 25, and January 1
Entrance Fees: $0.00, There is no fee to visit the park
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Camping: There is no camping at the park.
Lodging: There is no lodging at the park.
WiFi: Free WiFi is available at the visitor center.
National Park Service Website: https://www.nps.gov/gwca
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