Summer Outreach Programs
Summer Outreach Programs for Early Childhood

Kids investigating broccoliEarly Childhood Outreach group size is up to 20 students.

Early Education Outreach Programs are available year-round between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Programs run between 45 and 60 minutes.

Pricing is $100 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.

Questions? Call (314) 577-5185.

Schedule a program online!

Child with MagnifierA Garden Sensory Adventure (PreK)
Explore the five senses with the Missouri Botanical Garden! Using songs, literature and plant smelling stations, your students will learn which part of the body is responsible for each sense and discover the wonderful world of plants. Each student will plant basil seeds and receive a special five senses journal to take home and share with their parents.

Bee on flowerHoneybees Abuzz (PreK–Grade 1)
Explore the simple, natural process of pollination! Have you ever stopped and watched honeybees in action? Has it made you think about what the bees were doing and why? Read a vibrantly illustrated story, observe a honey hive found in an old log, become pollinating bees, dance like the bees and put your fun facts about bees into song. An informational booklet will go home with students so they can share what they learned with others at home!


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

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  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.