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Learn & Discover
For Adults

Check out our classes for adults, including gardening and landscaping, arts and crafts, and food and cooking. Or apply for an internship or train to become a certified St. Louis Master Gardener.

Therapeutic Horticulture Programs are geared to populations with special needs.
For Students & Teachers

Learn & Discover With Us!

Since its founding over 150 years ago, the Missouri Botanical Garden has been committed to connecting people with plants and the wonders of the natural world. Today, education remains at the heart of everything we do—from hosting nearly one million visitors a year to strengthening science learning and teaching for students and teachers to supporting sustainability and conservation efforts throughout the St. Louis community and around the world.

This commitment is deeply rooted in our mission, as evidenced by Goal 4 of the Garden’s Strategic Plan: To deliver exemplary, experience-based education that increases understanding, appreciation and conservation of plants and the natural world, and inspires people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to think and act in sustainable ways.

To achieve this goal, the Garden’s team of professional, passionate educators focus on the following priorities:

  • Reconnect people with nature. Inspire more children, families and people of all ages to spend time outdoors, exploring, appreciating and understanding how the natural world works. Through positive experiences with nature, reinforce the plant-people connection and foster lifelong learning.
  • Increase young people’s interest in science and conservation careers. Inspire and enable students to become successful, caring citizens who value and practice conservation in their professional careers and personal lives. Develop the skills of educators in natural science content and pedagogy to enable them to help fill the pipeline of future thinkers, doers and problem-solvers.
  • Propel the community toward sustainable living. Through training, education and outreach, support community-based efforts to influence attitudes and behaviors that promote healthy, sustainable lifestyles and life choices that contribute to the well-being of plants, people and the planet.


Herbs & Heirlooms Tuesdays

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Tuesdays, June 6–August 29, 2017
10 a.m.–noon

Discover a different herb each week. The first 150 participants will pot one up to take home. Included in Garden admission.
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Get Outside & Read!

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This summer, join a family reading program that connects nature-inspired books with the great outdoors!
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Give the Garden

Class participant creating wreath from succulentsGive the gift of knowledge! Instead of the typical “stuff,” give that hard-to-buy-for friend or family member a fun, memorable experience. Missouri Botanical Garden and its family of attractions offer many engaging and enriching classes throughout the year.

Purchase a gift card that can be used for classes, as well as for admission, merchandise, membership and more.


Get More Nature-inspired Ideas

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Check out our Education E-Scoop, a monthly resource featuring outdoor learning tips, science and literacy links and upcoming programs. Subscribe today!