Presentations to the People!

Seven free workshops with local experts: Learn useful tips and tricks to make your life greener and healthier! Full Workshops Schedule, including descriptions, will be available the day of the Festival at the Welcome Tables in Ridgway Visitor Center, Bayer Hall and at all Presentation areas.

Thank you to our Workshops Sponsor Spire.

Green Living & DIY Green Solutions

At Stage 1 – PlantLab in Edward Jones Hall (indoors), near Children's Garden 
Presentations are approximately 45 minutes long.

10 a.m. Can I Be Composted?
Bob Henkel, earthday365
Vermacomposting speaker engages with audience member at 2013 Festival
11 a.m. Clean Air Cleaner: Make Your Own All-purpose Green Cleaning Spray
Julie McCroskey
noon Stocking Your Pollinator Pantry Gardens
Jennifer Schamber, Greenscape Gardens
1 p.m. Go Smart and Save
Doug Kraft, Ameren Missouri
2 p.m. I Can Do That! Combating Climate Change Every Day with Zero Waste Strategies
Christa Payton, @showme_zerowaste
3 p.m. Kombucha Making Demo
William Pauley, Confluence Kombucha


Healthy Grilling Demo

At Stage 2 – Summer Plant House at Kemper Center for Home Gardening (outdoors)

10:30 a.m. Now You’re Cooking with Gas: Healthy Grilling with Your Natural Gas Grill!
Michael Shine, Catering St. Louis
Instructor leading a presentation


Workshop Descriptions

Can I Be Composted?
Enjoy a fun and interactive presentation by a compost-lover. Participants can ask questions and learn the benefits of backyard composting and how it differs from commercial composting--including tips on how to compost your kitchen scraps. (Hint, hint: don’t throw them in the trash!). Get dirty and leave well-aerated with knowledge.
—Bob Henkel, earthday365

Clean Air Cleaner: Make Your Own All-Purpose Green Cleaning Spray
Learn to make your own cleaning products at home—save money, use less hazardous materials, and know the ingredients! Leave with a spray bottle of Clean Air Cleaner and a recipe or two that you can try at home.
—Julie McCroskey

Go Smart and Save
Considering a smart thermostat? We’ll give you all you need to know about the popular smart thermostats to maximize your savings and comfort. Plus, a lucky attendee will leave with smart thermostat donated by Ameren Missouri.
—Doug Kraft, Ameren Missouri

I Can Do That! Combating Climate Change Every Day with Zero Waste Strategies
Want to do more to combat climate change? Our presenter will share her zero waste tips, current research, and a DIY project. Participants will leave with a homemade lip balm and recipe.
—Christa Payton, @showme_zerowaste

Kombucha Making Demo
Learn about the benefits of kombucha and how to brew your own. Samples included.
William Pauley, Confluence Kombucha

Now You’re Cooking with Gas: Healthy Grilling with Your Natural Gas Grill!
A Festival Favorite—Michael will prepare vegetable dishes—with samples!
—Michael Shine, Catering St. Louis

Stocking Your Pollinator Pantry Gardens
Pollinators like bees, butterflies, moths, and hummingbirds play an important role in our gardens and our food chain. Learn how you can attract them to your garden throughout the seasons and leave with a plant that will get you started!
—Jennifer Schamber, Greenscape Gardens