In Schools & Universities
The EarthWays Center of the Missouri Botanical Garden is a leader in the field of educating for sustainability, and its staff and programs have been a regional resource since 1988. By making materials and topics relevant to today's learner and providing interdisciplinary, hands-on instruction for audiences of all ages, the EarthWays Center promotes wise resource use through shaping students' behavior and changing school cultures.
Opportunities for PK–12 Schools

Teacher with reminder to turn off lightsThrough our school-based, curriculum-enhancing educational programs and materials, we provide classroom and teacher presentations and resources on solid waste reduction, recycling, energy and air pollution. Lessons are hands-on, interactive experiences that teach students how they can make a difference. 

The EarthWays Center's education offerings include:

For more information about these programs, please contact Katherine Golden at

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Opportunities for Teachers

Using Maps to Understand Place The EarthWays Center offers professional development opportunities for educators in all roles and environments. Workshops often involve field trips, hands-on lessons and activities and meaningful discussions. Topics include energy production, usage and conservation; reduce, reuse, recycle; and other sustainability topics.

Contact Kat Golden at for more information on upcoming professional development opportunities.

Thinking Beyond the 3R's
A Recycling Workshop for Educators

Saturday, October 22, 2016
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
At Missouri Botanical Garden | Plant Lab 

Registration Fee: $20/educator; Lunch Provided

This low-cost workshop provides educators from around the region with the resources, tools, and knowledge they need to successfully integrate solid-waste related topics such as recycling, composting, household hazardous waste, and waste in their classrooms.With this information, educators can help guide students to create changes and reduce waste in the classroom, at their school, and throughout the community.

Who Should Attend?
The “Thinking Beyond the 3R’s” workshop was developed to assist educators in curriculum support, implementing special projects, and creating behavioral changes that promote wise resource use in schools throughout the greater St. Louis region.We encourage educators from all learning environments and grade-levels to attend.

What Will I Gain by Attending?
Learn how to:
• Improve the teaching, learning and integration of solid waste topics in classrooms; expanding content already covered in our schools, empowering student change-makers, and reducing waste generated in our schools.

• Encourage students to be environmental stewards and active citizens in addressing real-world problems such as waste and recycling.

• Develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills while learning to plan, implement, and evaluate projects

• Plan for field trip experiences to local solid waste sites; Workshop includes field trip excursion. 

• Understand the relationship between sustainability and waste.

More Information and Registration:
$20 registration fee includes lunch.

Learn more and register

Questions? Please contact Kat Golden at

SAVE THE DATE! 2017 Sustainability Institute for Educators

Tuesday, June 20-Thursday, June 22, 2017 | At Mary Institute and Country Day School (MICDS)

Since 2011, the Sustainability Institute for Educators has helped prepare educators to understand the science, economics, and social implications of our world. This 3-day Institute challenges participants to examine current issues in sustainability while considering how people and schools are connected to these issues. 

Through hands-on activities, special guest lecturers, certificate programs, and more educators seek to build awareness, increase knowledge, and demonstrate understanding of core concepts content, and habits in sustainable learning and living. Participants leave with tools, resources, and new perspectives about the world around them to take back to their school community. 

This annual Institute is held in partnership with Webster University, U.S. Green Building Council - MO Gateway Chapter, St. Louis Zoo, Madison County Planning and Development, and Mary Institute and Country Day School. 

Registration Fee: $150 per educator; Scholarships and Graduate Credit available. 

Learn more and register

Opportunities for Colleges & Universities

STL Higher Ed Sustainability Consortium logo The EarthWays Center of the Missouri Botanical Garden can help your institution integrate sustainability and environmental literacy on your campus. We are proud to support the St. Louis Regional Higher Education Sustainability Consortium (STL-HESC).

Learn more about the Consortium and other initiatives happening within the higher education sector in St. Louis. Or contact STL-HESC Coordinator, Katherine Golden at for more information.
School Programs at the Missouri Botanical Garden

Students planting during a Garden class
The Garden offers a wide variety of school programs including classes, guided tours, outreach programs and teacher professional development opportunities. Learn more