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:

Past programs:

For more information about these programs, please contact Maggie McCoy at

Learn about other field trip opportunities offered by the Garden.

Opportunities for Students

The EarthWays Center offers a number of programs outside of school for students. These programs offer students ways to deepen their connection to the topic of sustainability.

Student Innovation Challenge

Write Outside Your Door

Camp EarthWays: Young Green Builders

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. 

EarthWays Sustainability Network

MSD Clean Water Teacher Workshops

Energy Efficiency Teacher Workshops

Learn more about upcoming professional development opportunities

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

Sustainability Institute for Educators


Due to complications and uncertainties from the COVID-19 pandemic and to keep all our Sustainability-minded educators safe, we are postponing the Summer 2020 Sustainability Institute for Educators.

We will be presenting this conference next summer, June 22–24, 2021. We will be providing resources related to the topics of climate change education, environmental justice, and educational equity at This will be dynamic content available between now and the 2021 Institute.

Equity and Justice in a Changing Climate
June 22–24, 2021

The 2021 Sustainability Institute for Educators will focus on climate change and its interconnectedness with the E's of Sustainability: Economics, Equity and Environment. Educators will discuss principles of environmental justice and the impact of climate change while empowering learners to engage in civic leadership and action. Each day will feature a mix of special guest speakers, tools and resources, field studies and hands-on experiences. This three-day Institute challenges participants to build agency for a more just and sustainable world.

$150 registration fee includes speaker fees, breakfast and lunch for all three days. Graduate credit and scholarships are available. Hosted at Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School, St. Louis, Missouri.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand and face the challenges of community issues as part of the school culture
  • Recognize local resources that can support curriculum and changes for sustainability
  • Collaborate with others to empower young citizens
  • Create a community of advocates for sustainable schools and communities
  • Setting a foundation for whole school sustainability

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, Maggie McCoy 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