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

Hands drawing watersheds on mapThe 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 K–12 Educators

Saturday, April 8, 2017
9 a.m.–4 p.m.

At Missouri Botanical Garden's Commerce Bank Center for Science Education
(4651 Shaw Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63110)

If you’ve ever wanted to start your students thinking about trash and recycling, but didn't know where to begin, we have something for you. This FREE workshop will provide you with the resources, tools and knowledge you need to bring solid-waste related topics like recycling, composting and household hazardous waste into your classroom and empower students to make change in their community.

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 schools, subjects and grade-levels to attend.

In this workshop, you'll:

  • Get a full understanding of what happens when we throw things "away."
  • Build confidence in your own content knowledge.
  • Learn best practices to encourage environmental stewardship in students.
  • Develop students’ problem-solving and critical thinking skills.
  • Help students plan, implement, and evaluate projects with real-world impacts.
  • Access cross-curricular, inquiry-based materials and lesson plans.

The workshop is free, but seating is limited. Lunch is provided. One lucky attendee will earn a field trip to the landfill for one class!

Questions? Contact Simon Warren at (314) 577-0281 or


Presented by EarthWays Center of the Missouri Botanical Garden. Funding support from St. Louis-Jefferson Solid Waste Management District and Missouri Department of Natural Resources.


Sustainability Institute for Educators

2017 Sustainability Institute for Educators: Change is on the Menu…

June 20–22, 2017
8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day

At Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School (MICDS)

Join us for the seventh annual Sustainability Institute for Educators as we focus the conversation on food and our schools. The Institute will feature a mix of special guest speakers, tools and resources, and hands-on workshops.

Who Should Attend?

The Sustainability Institute for Educators is designed for educators from all roles and environments. With that, K–12 School Administrators, Curriculum and Facilities Directors, teachers and student leaders from public, independent and informal learning environments should attend the Institute. While individuals are welcome to participate, we recommend recruiting a team or partner from your school. 

What Will I Gain by Attending?

Each participant will leave with a better understanding of how to build awareness and understanding around the issues, principles and science of sustainability; understand how to construct learning environments that connect to real-world problems; and discover how and when to take action and effect change in school communities.

More Information and Registration: 

$150 registration fee includes speaker fees, breakfast and lunch for all three days.
Graduate credit is available for an additional fee. 

Learn more and register

Questions? Please contact Kat Golden at


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