This event takes place Saturday, July 8, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Saint Louis Zoo (One Government Drive, St. Louis, MO 63110).

Entrance to the Green Living Festival is included with regular entry to the Saint Louis Zoo where general admission is FREE.
Directions and parking


Workshops (sponsored by Spire)

Located in the Bayer Lecture Theatre (lower level of the Living World, north side of campus).
Presentations are approximately 30 minutes.
Advanced registration encouraged.

Noon   wolfWolves and Wildlife
Joshua Sydney-Smith and Jeremy Martin, Saint Louis Zoo
Receive an update on the Saint Louis Zoo’s American red wolf pack that lives at the Sears Lehmann, Jr. Wildlife Reserve in Franklin County. Hear how the wolves are using their BRAND-NEW facility, along with an overview of the 355-acre property and how the Zoo is helping native Missouri wildlife through habitat preservation and improvements.
1 p.m.   mosquito appMosquito Alert STL – Join the Swat Team!
Jean Ponzi, Missouri Botanical Garden
St. Louis is the first U.S. city using the mobile app Mosquito Alert, a global citizen science tool to help ecologically control the bugs and diseases they can transmit. Protect yourself—while protecting pollinators!
2 p.m.   Flooding in streetKnow Your Zone: Making Informed Decisions to Safeguard Against Flooding
Bess McCoy, Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District (MSD)
Did you know that everyone in St. Louis lives in a flood zone? Learn from MSD Project Clear about the escalating issue of overland flooding and find out what steps you can take to protect your property from these unforeseen disasters. Remember our mantra: “If it rains where you live, it can flood where you live.”
3 p.m.   slippered feet in front of fireplaceEnergy Efficiency: Bringing Comfort and Health Home
Richard Reilly, Missouri Botanical Garden
Learn how energy audits can help improve comfort, indoor air quality, and save money in the process by showing you where smart investments can be found.


Guided Walking Tour (sponsored by Spire)

Meet in the lower level of the Living World.
Limit 20 people; pre-registration available.
Tour is walking outdoors and approximately 45 minutes.

11 a.m.   ButterflyGreening the Zoo
Wanda Kolo, Saint Louis Zoo
Learn about the Zoo’s sustainability initiatives and programs, and how we operationalize green practices throughout the organization! Additionally, you can learn about tips and programs available to homeowners and businesses within our region that will help you reduce your environmental footprint.


Family-Friendly Activities

10 a.m. to  4 p.m.   Child at demoBackyard Ecosystem
Come explore our tabletop stream ecosystem to get a closer look at life under the water that can be impacted by what we do in our yards. Plus get information on funds for rainscaping that improves water quality and benefits aquatic life in your own yard. Rainscaping is sustainable landscaping that supports local wildlife and restores urban stream health by increasing water infiltration rates and reducing runoff.
Location: Living World lower level; Missouri Botanical Garden exhibitor booth
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.   BearCo-existing with Carnivores
Stop by any (or all) stations to learn more about how living safely with large carnivores is not only possible, but is also beneficial. Whether it’s black bears here in Missouri, pumas in Utah, or red wolves in North Carolina, large carnivores play a crucial role in a wide variety of ecosystems.
Locations: Grizzly Ridge, Schnucks Family Plaza, outside puma habitat in Big Cat Country


Exhibitors and Vendors

Located in lower level of the Living World.

  • Ameren Missouri: energy efficiency programs
  • Davey Tree Expert Co.: plant health care, fertilization of trees and shrubs, tree work landscape
  • Forrest Keeling Nursery: native plants
  • Friends of the Rainforest: inspiring action to protect, support, and expand the Rainforest
  • Great Rivers Greenway: paved trails connecting communities
  • Missouri Botanical Garden: backyard ecosystem and rainscaping rebates
  • Missouri Coalition for the Environment: LivingScape demo and rainscaping rebates
  • Missouri Department of Conservation: community and private land conservation assistance and access to nature
  • Missouri Gateway Green Building Council: green building education and outreach
  • MSD Project Clear: wastewater and stormwater utility
  • The Saint Louis Zoo: #byetobags pledge

Go to Exhibitor/Vendor contact information