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Sustainable Education Update

EarthWays Center education programs for youth and adults explore sustainability topics. Join us to investigate energy efficiency and conservation, renewable energy sources, solid waste reduction and recycling, green building, water conservation and air quality.

Sign Up Now for Camp EarthWays!

Camp EarthWays kidsThis summer, kids ages 10-13 can explore the Garden at Camp EarthWays and learn how buildings, plants and people connect. In this week-long day camp, campers will investigate sustainable building design as they work to create a fantasy green home from the inside out. Campers will meet and interact with real green building experts, such as architects, construction and city planning professionals, to help plan their green dream home. 

We’ll hop aboard Metrolink to experience how public transportation reduces carbon emissions and discover new sites and sounds as we explore sustainable features of St. Louis.

For more information, call (314) 577-0207 or email Katherine Golden.
Green Homes Festival

Green Homes Festival: Saturday, June 4
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The EarthWays Center marks another year of planning and action towards green living. 

Saturday, June 4
9 a.m to 4 p.m.
Missouri Botanical Garden

Energy efficiency, sustainability, NatureScaping and more! Bring your questions, share your plans and learn about all things Green at the 15th annual Green Homes Festival. Presented by Ameren Missouri.

Ameren Tent at GHFExperts from all areas of sustainability will gather together to share their ideas and resources. Enjoy great demonstrations and presentations on topics ranging from healthy grilling with gas grills, making tables from invasive honeysuckle, and raising backyard chickens.

You can visit the Festival resources year-round, access the program book with exhibitor and vendor contact information and see presentation details, photos and more here.

Built Environment Update

EarthWays Center programs focus on improving all aspects of our living and working environments. The EarthWays Center is home to the U.S. Green Building Council – Missouri Gateway Chapter. 

Think Spring!Wildflower garden

It's time to plant those sustainable native plants in your yard. Native plants come in all shapes, colors, types and sizes. They will conserve water, restore healthy habitat and connect humans of all ages to nature. All this with no toxic chemical inputs! Learn more and don’t miss the Shaw Wildflower Market on May 7 at Shaw Nature Reserve.

 Help Plant Sunshine in the City

SunflowersIn addition, the Sunflower+ Project STL is getting ready to plant sunflowers around the city. If you have a small yard but want to plant in a big way, you can help plant sunflowers around the city. The Sunflower+ Project STL plants sunflowers on vacant, urban land. Get your hands dirty and help clean up the site on April 23 or join planting day on April 30.

For more information, contact Richard Reilly.

A Greener Garden

At the Garden we strive to put Conservation in Action: from the built environment and employee engagement, to behind-the-scenes operations and guest services. Learn more about our accomplishments.

New Exploration at the GardenPlantLab

The EarthWays Center is excited about the opening of the Garden’s newest facility, the Edward Jones Hall. Constructed as an addition to the Climatron,  the building encompasses the redesigned Brookings Exploration Center and the new PlantLab. The PlantLab is an educational area and classroom complex with windows on three sides. This sunlit space is to be used for a wide array of programs and interactive presentations about plant science for visitors of all ages.

During construWhat Makes teh Garden Greenction, best practices in sustainable design were integrated into the facility such as energy saving LED lighting, water saving plumbing fixtures, a high efficiency mechanical system and a rooftop photovoltaic solar array. Environmentally friendly finishes included recycled plastic and wood lumber, recycled rubber flooring and carpeting manufactured from recycled nylon.

A display titled “What Makes the Garden Green” features many other ways the Garden advances sustainability—in how we grow our plants, construct our facilities and inspire our visitors to be green too!

Upcoming Programs

Take a Class – Build Something – Learn Green to Live Green with the EarthWays Center!

2016 Classes and Educational Opportunities

Join us at one of these fun, educational, and sustainable Green Living classes and tours happening soon!

Natural Dyes ClassMaking Natural Dyes at Home

Tuesday, May 17, 2016
 7 to 9 p.m.

$35 members; $45 nonmembers
Commerce Bank Center for Science and Education, Room 125

The staff of Perennial will show you how to use different plants to make your own dyes naturally at home. Bring any white cotton that you would like to try dyeing as you will make the dyes and use them out during this class. Designed for adults only. Click here to register.

Home Made Cleaners to Go!

Thursday, May 19, 2016
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
$35 members; $45 nonmembers
Commerce Bank Center for Science and Education, Room 125

Homemade CleanersJoin us in making cleaning products you can make at home –save money, use less hazardous materials, and know the ingredients. Great for all, especially those wanting to remove certain products from their homes and anyone with sensitive skin, allergies, or health needs. You’ll go home with two products: liquid laundry detergent and all-purpose spray cleaner. Bring your own homemade cleaning product ideas to share. Appetizers will be provided as we make our cleaners! Designed for adults only. Click here to register.

Featured Organization

Brightside St. Louis Makes a Busy Corner BlossomBrightside Garden

Missouri native plants, storm water management and other sustainable gardening features are quietly at work beside one of St. Louis’s busiest intersections. Situated under the giant purple coneflowers near the corner of Kingshighway and Vandeventer lies Brightside St. Louis’s Demonstration Garden. Brightside’s garden represents the organization’s 34-year commitment to enhancing the quality of life in our community by educating, engaging and inspiring St. Louis residents to make our region cleaner, greener and more environmentally sustainable. Plan to attend the St. Louis Urban Gardening Symposium on June 4 from 9 a.m.to noon to learn more about sustainable home and neighborhood gardening.

After the Symposium, make it a whole day of celebrating sustainability and visit the Green Homes Festival at the Missouri Botanical Garden to get more ideas on green living.

Volunteer Opportunities

The EarthWays Center seeks volunteers year round for events and other sustainability projects!

Become a Trained Zero-Waste Ambassador!

Waste StationHave you ever worked an event waste or recycling station and wanted to know about the science and art behind why we work so hard to separate our waste? Curious about the ins and outs of recycling? Want to help divert waste from landfills and increase recycling rates?

New for 2016, EarthWays is offering specialized training answering these questions and more! This training will help provide volunteers with background information and training necessary to be effective, empowered Zero-Waste Ambassadors. This two-hour presentation is packed full of information and fun activities to help provide knowledge and engagement practices for volunteers helping monitor Zero-Waste Stations at special events at the Missouri Botanical Garden and more!

Upcoming Trainings:
Thursday, May 5
6 to 8 p.m.
Commerce Bank Education Center

To register you can sign up through your Garden volunteer CERVIS profile or email katherine.golden@mobot.org.

Save the Date for the Green Homes Festival!  

Save the date for a great day of volunteer opportunities at the Green Homes Festival on June 4 at the Missouri Botanical Garden. Join us for a fun-filled day with eco-friendly exhibitors, local food and living-green presentations for all ages.

For additional questions or inquiries related to volunteer opportunities contact Katherine Golden or call (314) 577-0207.

News Rewind

EarthWays Center People & Programs in the Media


Listen upGrowing Green St. Louis — Jean Ponzi hosts this engaging radio talk show focused on regional "green" endeavors with a changing line up of guests. Airing Saturdays 3-4 pm on the Big 550 KTRS-AM.

Listen up: Jean Ponzi presents “Green Views You Can Use” in her Earthworms Podcasts, available at Earthworms.kdhXtra.org or through iTunes – and catch Earthworms Segments throughout the broadcast week on 88.1 KDHX-FM.

Behind the News: Contacting Our Staff
Don't just read about EarthWays Center staff in the news-- feel free to contact us directly! We are happy to answer your sustainability and green living questions. 

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Everyday Green

Ventilation demo

Plastic Pot Recycling
Help reduce the amount of horticultural waste in landfills

Green Resources Answer Service
Call (314) 577-0246 or email with questions related to green products, services and claims

Rainscaping Guide
Learn how to incorporate sustainable landscaping that reduces stormwater runoff and improves local water quality

Growing Green St. Louis
Listen to the Garden's weekly radio show hosted by our Green Resources Manager, Jean Ponzi, on Sundays from 1 to 2 p.m. on The Big 550 KTRS

Volunteer for the EarthWays Center
A great way to get introduced to the “green scene” here in St. Louis

Special Events
At the Garden and events presented by our partners