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):

Energy Efficiency & Conservation Topics (3–12)

Energy Sources
Grades 3–12
1 hour

Call (314) 577-0207 to schedule.
  Plug and cordStudents become familiar with what an energy source is, why it is important, and how it differs from a form of energy. The class will become familiar with the common energy sources that humans rely on. Students conduct research about these energy sources so that they may assess the benefits and drawbacks of each source, as well as distinguish between renewable and non-renewable sources.

Coal Chain
Grades 3–12
45 minutes

Call (314) 577-0207 to schedule.

  CoalStudents learn about the steps involved in generating electrical energy from the primary source that powers our lives. The group works collaboratively to put the steps in the right sequence so that they can power a light bulb, computer, stereo or any number of other electrical appliances that we depend on every day. Students then work together to put sound and movement to the chain of events to create a theatrical production that illustrates this process. This is a great activity for both younger and older students, with many peer-teaching opportunities to take back to school.

Energy Forms &
the First Law of Thermodynamics

Grades 6–8
1 hour

Call (314) 577-0207 to schedule.

Roller coasterA great way to jumpstart a study of energy! Students analyze examples of energy and categorize them as either kinetic or potential. Students then review the six forms of energy and identify examples of how these forms exist in the world. They explore the First Law of Thermodynamics: Energy is not created or destroyed, but transformed, as they look at real world energy transformations. Students work collaboratively to trace the changes from one form to another.

Designing Solar Collectors
Grades 6–12
1½ hour

Call (314) 577-0207 to schedule.

  Solar OvenThis lesson deepens students understanding of how solar energy can be harnessed for human use. Students will explore various designs and functioning of solar ovens and water heaters. They will then use this information to inform the construction of their own solar collector. Later on, students can conduct an experiment to test the efficacy of their design. As a class, students compare and contrast designs to assess what features are most successful in utilizing solar energy.

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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