Outreach Programs

If you can’t make it to the Garden—let us come to you!

The Missouri Botanical Garden's Education staff offers outreach options for Early Childhood classes. These programs are standards-based and easily extendable to fit seamlessly with your classroom curriculum.

The EarthWays Center also offers sustainability-focused outreaches for those schools wishing to schedule presentations on recycling, energy and conservation.

 

Early Childhood Outreach Programs

Early Childhood Outreach Programs may be scheduled year-round between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Programs last between 45 and 60 minutes. Pricing is $150 per class of up to 20 students, $50 for additional classes conducted on the same date in the same location. A maximum of three outreach programs may be scheduled on a single day.

Please call (314) 577-5185 for more information or to schedule an Early Childhood outreach program

 

Sustainability Outreach Programs

The EarthWays Center offers a variety of sustainability outreach programs for students in grades K–12. Students will not only deepen their understanding of the selected topic, but will enhance process skills important to both science and math.

Please call (314) 577-0207 for more information or to schedule a sustainability outreach program. Ask about bringing the EarthWays Center's longer-term sustainability programs to your school.

Choose from the following topics (click on a topic title to reveal class options and additional information):

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Topics (K–12)

Trash Bag Relay
Grades K–12
Science, Communication Arts

Call (314) 577-0207 to schedule.

  trashbagCombines waste awareness with decision-making skills. Student relay teams sort the contents of trash bags, deciding whether or not to Reuse, Recycle, Compost or Landfill. This activity is excellent for peer teaching in same grade or younger classes.

Decomposer Detectives
Grades 3–6
Science, Communication Arts

Call (314) 577-0207 to schedule.


  Rotting apple with insectsDiscover the secrets and mysteries of organisms by digging through compost. Students will perform the skit “To Eat and Be Eaten,” use hand lenses to examine and identify decomposers and learn about natural cycles. Skit can also be used as a peer-teaching tool!

Making Recycled Paper
Grades 3–12
Science, Communication Arts

Call (314) 577-0207 to schedule.


  Using blender to make paperExperience the process of making paper from recycled stock. Although students use blenders and industry uses gigantic “hydropulpers,” the process is the same. Use various colors and additives to alter the appearance and texture of paper.
* Participants must bring one section of newspaper for use in this activity.

Writing Recycled Poetry
Grades 3–12
Science, Communication Arts

Call (314) 577-0207 to schedule.


  NewspapersThis lesson incorporates writing exercises and poetry analysis. Students collaboratively compose a poem about sustainability after exploring the tactile medium of recyclable newspapers.
* This lesson may require two class periods.

Energy Chain
Grades 4–12
Science, Social Studies, Communication Arts


Call (314) 577-0207 to schedule.

  Plastic bottleAn interactive, energizing role-playing activity looking at the natural, capital, and human resources needed to make a plastic bottle or aluminum can. This activity demonstrates the difference between linear and cyclical systems and distinguishes between renewable and non-renewable resources.
* This lesson requires a minimum of 60 minutes.

Garbology 101
Grades 4–12
Science, Social Studies, Communication Arts

Call (314) 577-0207 to schedule.


  GarbageWonder where trash goes when it leaves your home or school? This tabletop model allows students to observe the workings of a modern landfill. Explore the roles of society, economics and science in solid waste disposal. Includes a video visit to a landfill with Dr. William Rathje, world famous “Garbologist.”
* Note: This presentation requires presentation be done by LEAP staff due to the cost of the model.

Trash Math
Grades 4–12
Communication Arts, Math, Social Studies, Science

Call (314) 577-0207 to schedule.


  Trash canWhat comprises our waste stream? Working in small groups, participants sort the contents of a miniature trashcan, create a 3-D pie chart and identify strategies to reduce waste. This lesson is modeled on the Missouri Solid Waste Composition Study. Dichotomous key or math activity available for older grades.
* This lesson requires a 90 minute time frame.

Fifty Words or Less
Grades 4–12
Communication Arts, Science

Call (314) 577-0207 to schedule.


  Money and calculatorStudents are introduced to the concept of “budgeting” our natural resources through a writing exercise in which they will create a story using fifty words or less. A guided discussion further probes into the link between sustainability and sharing.

A Closer Look
Grades 4–12
Communication Arts, Social Studies, Science

Call (314) 577-0207 to schedule.


  Recycle binStudents participate in an in-depth investigation of the properties of recyclable materials. Using an acrostic developed by “Keep America Beautiful,” students will learn to re-think our resources. Then, while creatively challenged to invent new ways to reuse a discarded object, students will begin the artistic process of “up-cycling.”

HH or Safe? Household Hazardous Alternatives
Grades 6–12
Communication Arts, Social Studies, Science

Call (314) 577-0207 to schedule.


  Household cleanser in a spray bottleAn introduction to hazardous materials commonly used in the home, including legal definitions of substances and a label-reading exercise. Students test household cleaning products, comparing “hazardous products” with safer alternatives. Discussion includes purchasing, handling and product disposal.

Learn at Our Other Sites!

Butterfly House logo   Shaw Nature Reserve logo

Check out field trip opportunities at the Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House in Chesterfield, Missouri or the Shaw Nature Reserve located in Gray Summit!

 

Canopy Climb for Schools at Shaw Nature Reserve

Two girls ascend into the canopy

Join us for a full-day field trip that combines a guided forest ecology program and an unforgettable climbing experience!
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