Optional Tours

Regional tours for participants and their guests will be offered throughout the week and one tour will be offered on Saturday, July 27th, following the scientific conference. Transportation will be provided in comfortable, air conditioned tourist busses and is included in all costs. Each tour will be individually priced, and sign up and payment for tours must be made by June 17, 2013. Please note that if minimal numbers are not registered for the tour, they will be canceled and refunds made.

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Date Location Approx. Time
Monday, July 22 Lake of the Ozarks Outlet Shopping 9 AM – 3 PM
Tuesday, July 23 SayersBrook Bison Ranch 8 AM – 6 PM
Wednesday, July 24 Kansas City 8 AM – 6 PM
Thursday, July 25 Warm Spring Ranch and Les Bourgeois 10 AM – 2 PM
Saturday, July 27 Post Conference Tour: St. Louis 7 AM – 6 PM

Monday, July 22

Outlet Shopping at Lake of the Ozarks

Osage Beach Premium Outlet MallThe Osage Beach Premium Outlet Mall at the Lake of the Ozarks has 110 different outlet stores that include clothing, collectibles & crafts, shoes, jewelry, home & yard & other amusements where shoppers are sure to find whatever they are looking for. Get the perfect keepsake or gift for a friend or family member and get great exercise at the same time. Shoppers, who work up an appetite while shopping, can choose from many different places to snack or get a meal.
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Tuesday, July 23

SayersBrook Bison Ranch

Located on one of the oldest mountain ranges in American and surrounded by the Mark Twain National Forest, SayersBrook Bison Ranch is truly a unique destination. The tour includes a video history of the ranch, a question answer session, a scenic Missouri ride through the ranch in covered wagons to feed a Bison herd, and a meal selected from a variety of their very own bison dishes served at the pavilion on the lake.
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Wednesday, July 24

Kansas City

Nelson AtkinsRecognized internationally as one of the finest general art museums in the United States, the Nelson-Atkins, currently maintains collections of more than 33,500 works of art. From ancient times, to modern day, this encyclopedic museum is one of the best in the country, offering visitors the opportunity to explore civilizations through the eyes of painters, sculptors, craftsman and many other artists.

Country Club PlazaWalking distance from the Nelson Atkins is the Country Club Plaza, where visitors can enjoy shopping and lunch, in a beautiful 15 block district with more than 150 shops.

The Steamboat Arabia was a side-wheel steamer that regularly travelled the Missouri River carrying supplies to people in the frontier. In 1856, the boat caught on a snag and sunk, losing all of its precious cargo. Guests will learn about the legendary tale of loss and discovery of its 200 tons of cargo. A visit includes a guided tour, video presentation, observation of the preservation lab and viewing of the 171 foot-long replicated deck of the Arabia.
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Thursday, July 25

Warm Spring Ranch and Les Bourgeois

Warm Springs RanchWarm Springs Ranch is the 25,000-square-foot main breeding facility of the Budweiser Clydesdale Horse operation. The behind the scenes tour allows guests to meet and interact with the Clydesdale handlers as well as see foals, mares and stallions up close.

The tour will be followed by lunch at Les Bourgeois Vineyards at the Bluff top Bistro. Perched on a bluff-top 250 feet above the Missouri River and Katy Trail, the bistro offers a spectacular view. Les Bourgeois Vineyards is the third largest winery in Missouri, with more than 90,000 gallons produced and 75,000 gallons sold yearly.
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Saturday, July, 27: Post-Conference Tour

St. Louis, Missouri

Gateway ArchThe nation’s tallest monument at 630 feet, the Gateway Arch has beckoned visitors for more than 40 years with its iconic, awe-inspiring shape. The vision of renowned architect Eero Saarinen, the Gateway Arch commemorates Thomas Jefferson and St. Louis’ role in the westward expansion of the United States. A visit to St. Louis isn’t complete without standing at its base and playing professional photographer, and the view from the outside is only half of the experience. Attractions within the Arch are the Journey to the Top, the Museum of Westward Expansion, educational programs, two movies and shopping.

Missouri Botanical GardenFounded in 1859, the 79-acre Missouri Botanical Garden is the nation's oldest botanical garden in continuous operation and an oasis in the city of St. Louis. The 79 acres of splendid horticultural display at the Missouri Botanical Garden offers something for everyone. Outstanding displays include the Chinese Garden, English Woodland Garden, Ottoman Garden and Victorian District. A vibrant tropical rainforest thrives inside the Climatron conservatory, while the adjoining Temperate House is home to a multitude of Mediterranean species. The Japanese Garden covers 14 acres, making it one of the largest Japanese strolling gardens in North America.

The Anheuser Busch Brewery Tour offers visitors of all ages an in-depth look at how some of America's favorite beers are crafted. Since its founding in 1852 in St. Louis, Missouri, Anheuser-Busch has been perfecting this process. While on tour, see and learn about the world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales at the historic stables built in 1885. Explore the rich architecture and heritage of the oldest and largest Anheuser-Busch Brewery, which includes visits to three national historic landmarks. Those who are 21 and older will then have an opportunity to taste some products in the Hospitality Room at the conclusion of the tour.
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