Brookings Interpretive Center

Girl experiements with preparation of vegetables as foodThe Brookings Interpretive Center offers an indoor, family-friendly destination for themed exhibits encouraging hands-on discovery, exploration and learning. Nestled between the Climatron® and the Shoenberg Temperate House, and adjacent to the Doris I. Schnuck Children’s Garden, the Brookings Interpretive Center is ideally situated to attract families, school and youth groups and individual visitors.

Since 2008, the Brookings Interpretive Center has hosted innovative, interactive staffed exhibits including Exploring Trees Inside and Out, EarthWays: Living the Green Life, DinoQuest: A Tropical Trek Through Time and Plants and People: China.


Now Open!

Nature in Your NeighborhoodNature in Your Neighborhood
Through September 7, 2015
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily

How much of your childhood was spent outside exploring? Did you have a favorite spot? Build an imaginary fort out of a hollow tree? Grow a garden? Make nature bracelets? Create a work of art with natural materials? Investigate wildlife living in your backyard? What were your curiosities? How have they changed? How do you learn about your world today?

Boys playing with blocks in the Nature in Your Neighborhood exhibitThe Missouri Botanical Garden invites visitors of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities to experience Nature in Your Neighborhood, a fun, hands-on, interactive exhibit will enable visitors to make, build, experiment, imagine and play while learning about everyday nature in our backyards, balconies, streetscapes and schoolyards. Inspired and informed by the growing “Makers Movement” taking shape in museums and other informal learning destinations across the U.S. and around the world, Nature in Your Neighborhood will enable visitors to take on the role of producers rather than consumers of information and ideas. By making and experimenting during open-ended guided- and self-guided activities in the exhibit, visitors will be applying and blending concepts from the fields of science, technology, engineering, math and art while expressing creativity, inventiveness and innovation.