Ruth Park Woods

Ruth Park WoodsThe 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:

  • non-native, invasive plant removal (bush honeysuckle, euonymus, etc.)
  • debris removal
  • native tree, shrub, and wildflower plantings

Red Trillium If you are interested in helping maintain the woods, please see our Wildlife Habitat Restoration program.May Apple

Honor Someone Special

Interested in recognizing someone in your life for their extraordinary service to family or community? Consider dedicating a tree or grove planting in their honor, or as a special remembrance. For details, contact us at 725-8314 x 100, or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

* Ruth Park Woods is open to the public and located at 1100 McKnight Road in University City.

River des Peres Cleanup - National Public Lands Day 2007

Volunteers remove trash from a branch of River des Peres in Ruth Park Woods