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

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 Jim Biggs, EarthWays Sustainability Education Manager for more information on upcoming professional development opportunities. 

Contact Jim at 

2016 Sustainability Institute for Educators

Whole School Sustainability: A Framework for Organizational Change

Tuesday, June 21–Thursday, June 23, 2016
8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
At Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School

Join us at the sixth annual Sustainability Institute for Educators, this three-day institute will guide educators and administrations through the Whole-School Sustainability Framework to understand how to create the conditions necessary to journey toward whole-school sustainability: organizational culture, physical place, and educational programs.

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. NEW this year participants will also have the opportunity to complete certification as a Green Classroom Professional; a certificate program developed by the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council. 

More Information and Registration: 

$150 registration fee includes speaker fees, breakfast and lunch for all three days.
Graduate credit is available. A limited number of scholarships are available. 

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.