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):

Air Quality Topics (3–12)

In the Air
Grades 3–5
1 hour

Call (314) 577-0207 to schedule.
  St. Louis Arch obscured by hazeStudents will read part of a fictional story where a group of students explore the sources of pollution within their community and learn what choices people make to protect air. Teachers will also choose which connecting activities we will cover during the visit, including: a mapping activity demonstrating the affect of wind on the transport of air pollutants; a health activity where students make observations to determine that pollution may not always be easy to detect; and/or a social studies component focusing on historical air pollution events in St. Louis.

In the Air
Grades 6–8
1 hour

Call (314) 577-0207 to schedule.

  Wind blowing smoke from smokestackStudents will play a group game demonstrating the impact of individual decisions on air quality. Teachers will also choose which connecting activities we will cover during the visit, including: a mapping activity demonstrating the affect of wind on the transport of air pollutants; a look at hazardous materials commonly used in the home, including testing and comparing non-hazardous and hazardous household cleaning products; and an activity that mimics pollutants in the environment requiring the students to identify and determine the possible dispersal of air pollutants.

In the Air
Grades 9–12
1 hour

Call (314) 577-0207 to schedule.

  SmokestackStudents will take a social science approach and investigate a continuum of common beliefs about the seriousness of airborne toxics—from minor problems to critical issues. Teachers will also choose which connecting activities we will cover during the visit. All of the 9–12 connecting activities cover a different point in the continuum, including: The magnitude of airborne toxics problems is greatly overstated; why worry? What you don’t know won’t hurt you; Airborne toxics are a nuisance but they only affect a few; Airborne toxics are a serious problem but I’m not responsible; and Airborne toxics are a critical problem but the effects may be remediable.

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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