Programs for Kids & Families
Featured Programs at the Missouri Botanical Garden

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Nature-Loving Families
For ages 4 and up
Preparing ropes to climb
Canopy Climb
For ages 8 and up
Mother and son in the iris garden Garden Buds
For ages 4–6
Come Grow With Us...

Boy with plant roots Offered for a diversity of learners, from young explorers to budding enthusiasts, our programs have been expertly designed to educate, inspire and enrich. Most importantly, they are intended to strengthen the connections each of us has with the natural world.

Our classes for kids and families have been designed for children and adults to experience together. Instructors strive to engage children in age-appropriate activities, while providing adults examples of ways to learn about the natural world at home.

Ready to register? Skip to class listings and online registration.

Early Childhood Programs for Grown-up & Child
Family Programs at the Garden


Family Programs at
Shaw Nature Reserve

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in Gray Summit, Missouri

Bring the family to Gray Summit to discover the prairie, the wetlands and nature. Join us for a Creek Stomp, Geocaching or a Canopy Climb! We have classes and programs for families with children of all ages. Learn more

Family Programs at
the Butterfly House

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in Chesterfield, Missouri

Visit us at the Butterfly House in Chesterfield! Join us for the Firefly Festival, have Breakfast with the Very Hungry Caterpillar, come along on a Bug Hunt or participate in one of our other fun programs. Learn more

 

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

 

In Brookings Interpretive Center

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Through January 4, 2015
This fun, hands-on, interactive exhibit will challenge visitors to explore and reconnect with nature in their own backyards, parks, trails and schoolyards. Included with Garden admission. Learn more

 

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