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

Learn about other field trip opportunities offered by the Garden.

Opportunities for Teachers

Teacher on a tour The EarthWays Center offers professional development opportunities for educators in all sectors. Workshops often involve field trips. Topics include energy production, usage and conservation; reduce, reuse, recycle; and other sustainability topics.

NEW! 2016 Professional Development Opportunity 

Thinking Beyond the 3R’s: A Recycling Workshop for K-12 Educators 

Want to learn how to effectively implement waste reduction programs at your school? Interested in introducing new topics in sustainability such as recycling and waste in your classroom? Join us for this FREE one day workshop!

The “Thinking Beyond the 3R’s” workshop was developed to assist teachers and provide tools for building a curriculum that incorporates wise resource use into almost any subject area.

Participants will:
• Explore current issues in waste and develop a better understanding of their waste stream
• Learn how to plan and develop an action plan for making the concepts of reducing, reusing, and recycling relevant to their students
• Take a special field trip to a local landfill
• Receive the opportunity for continued project mentoring during the school year

Many thanks to the St. Louis-Jefferson Solid Waste Management District and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources for making this workshop possible.

Saturday, February 27th, 2016
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Commerce Bank Education Center
4651 Shaw Ave., St. Louis MO 63110


Learn about these and other current Garden-sponsored professional development opportunities.

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.