School Programs & Field Trips
PAUSE Meditation for Educators

Where do you go when the world is moving too fast? Try the Garden. In today's "grind until the gears fall off" culture, it may feel counterproductive or pointless to take a break. Trust us, it is necessary and vital to your overall wellness. PAUSE (Positively Adapting Using Silence Everyday) gives you skills to retreat within using silence to unlock your new peace. Simply start by giving yourself permission to PAUSE.

Classes will take place outside on Garden grounds (select Thursdays in September and October) and include a short walk. In-person classes will follow current safety procedures. Virtual classes will take place on select Thursdays in November, December, January, February and March from 4:30–5:30 p.m. Registered educators will be sent information regarding login instructions.

There is no cost for educators to attend PAUSE classes.

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These PAUSE meditation classes are made possible by a grant from the Dewitt and Caroline Van Evera Foundation.

Instructor: Dr. Brittany Conners


At the Missouri Botanical Garden, we strive to provide teachers and students with activities and field trip options that are as innovative as our grounds are beautiful! Featuring inquiry-based hands-on activities, knowledgeable instructors and fascinating plants, a field trip to the Missouri Botanical Garden is an educational experience your students will remember for a lifetime!

We want to make you aware of some current guidelines as you consider a School Program on-site field trip, which are available Tuesdays–Fridays (the Garden is closed on Mondays). At this time, there is a limit on group sizes to no more than 10 individuals in total. In accordance with Missouri Botanical Garden guidelines, all visitors over the age of 5 must wear protective face coverings while indoors. It is recommended visitors wear protective face coverings while outside. Visitors cannot have lunch on-site. Instead, you may choose to enjoy lunch in Tower Grove Park as an alternate location.

Construction of the new Jack C. Taylor Visitor Center at the Missouri Botanical Garden is continuing through 2021. We will adjust the student drop off and pick up locations. As preparation for your school program visit, please view and share the printable Bus Parking Instructions map. To learn more about the new visitor center, please view the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Jack C. Taylor Visitor Center Announcement. For general questions regarding your day of program operations, please contact the School Programs team at (314) 577-5185 or via email at


PlantLab Student Scientists

Announcing a NEW program: PlantLab Student Scientists

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  • Practice STEM skills that can tackle real-world environmental challenges
  • Connect with field professionals in plant science, horticulture, conservation, education, and sustainability
  • Develop stronger self-identities as critical thinkers and creative problem-solvers
  • Spark interest in careers that can lead to a more sustainable future
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Field Trips & Outreach

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Garden Classes
Dig deep and learn about plants, soil and ecosystems using interactive activities, stories and hands-on explorations! Learn more
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Self-guided Visits
Design your own class experience at the Garden!
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Virtual Programming
We've modified programming to meet your needs!
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Teacher Professional Development

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Sustainability in Schools

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Whether 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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Learn at Our Other Sites

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Litzsinger Road Ecology Center

Check out field trip opportunities at the Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House in Chesterfield, Missouri, Litzsinger Road Ecology Center in Ladue or the Shaw Nature Reserve located in Gray Summit!


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