The 26 acre Ruth Park Woods is the last large stand of an oak/hickory hardwood forest in the St. Louis area. Located right in the heart of the metropolitan area, it is an oasis for avid bird lovers. Nearly a hundred different species of birds have been sighted there. They include birds which you might see in your own backyard as well as visitors from tropical rainforests flying to the Artic tundra.
We are committed to raising public awareness and appreciation of this natural resource, which includes a branch of River des Peres. The Woods contains a 1-mile loop trail that is covered in crushed limestone. Along the trail, you will see a number of interpretive tree markers designed and installed by an Eagle Scout. Benches and a picnic shelter are also available.
The Green Center is also actively involved in preserving the woods. Our programs include:
If you are interested in helping maintain the woods, please see our Wildlife Habitat Restoration program.
* Ruth Park Woods is open to the public and located at 1100 McKnight Road in University City.