Exploring Your World

Three girls wander a gardenDid you know that Missouri Botanical Garden researchers discover between 100–200 new plant species every year? These endlessly curious women and men trek to places close to home and around the world to discover, document and ultimately protect and conserve at-risk plants and entire ecosystems. When we query our scientists about what sparked their passion and curiosity about the natural world, can you guess what most of them credit? Their childhood. Their parents. Their fun, young days of playing in the great outdoors with family and friends.

Regardless of who you are and where you live, a world of wonder, discovery and adventure awaits. All of us can be explorers, whether trekking through our own neighborhoods or venturing to far-away places. Here are a few of our favorite resources for the inner-explorer in us all:

Inspiring websites: 
National Geographic Kids
National Wildlife Federation Kids
Nature Rocks
Geocaching
Great Outdoors
Children & Nature Network

    

Fun mobile applications:
Leafsnap
Audubon Apps

Children's Garden

Girl climbing ropes in Children's Garden
The Doris I. Schnuck Children’s Garden (open April–October) is the perfect place to make new discoveries. Host your next birthday party, come for a drop-in program, learn at a germination station or just explore. Learn more
 

For the Whole Family

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