MBG Center for Nature-Inspired Learning logo

The St. Louis-based MBG Center for Nature-Inspired Learning offers opportunities—including field trips, outreach, teen programs, scout programs, professional development and educational resources—at three sites:

Missouri Botanical Garden logo   Butterfly House logo   Shaw Nature Reserve logo
in St. Louis, Missouri

This 79-acre public garden includes tropical and temperate conservatories as well as a multitude of themed gardens that allow visitors to learn about different ecosystems, cultures and history, all while celebrating, connecting with and learning about plants.

Go to school programs at the Missouri Botanical Garden

  in Chesterfield, Missouri

A tropical conservatory and outdoor native gardens provide habitats in which butterflies thrive. Visitors can explore butterfly characteristics and a wide variety of species while learning about the role butterflies and other insects play in our everyday lives and in the global world.

Go to school programs at the Butterfly House

  in Gray Summit, Missouri

More than 2,400 acres serve as a vibrant, biodiverse, living laboratory of Missouri ecosystems, including prairie, woodlands, glades and wetlands. This outdoor classroom also demonstrates the importance of ecological conservation and restoration.

Go to school programs at the Shaw Nature Reserve

Sustainability in Schools

Students with landfill model The Garden's EarthWays Center offers PK–12 school programs and classroom visits centering on wise resource use, including waste reduction and recycling, pollutants and energy consumption. Professional development opportunities for teachers and support to integrate sustainability and environmental literacy to colleges and universities are also available. Learn more


Teacher Professional Development

Teachers planting seeds during a workshopTeachers, we have learning opportunities for you, too! Sign up for one of our workshops.


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Instructor teaching kids about butterfliesWhether your event is a STEM night, a career fair, a professional development day or a conference, our educators can create and customize an experience for your audience.
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