Edward Jones Hall
Brookings Exploration Center

Open year-round, the Brookings Exploration Center offers visitors of all ages interactive, multimedia opportunities to learn about plants, the places they grow, how people rely on them and the importance of protecting them. 

Get an up-close look at what's living in soil, create a symphony with the sounds of nature, retreat to the Family Tree Area and read a book or take part in hands-on activities in our new maker space. 

Pick up a Garden on the Go Pack and explore the garden in a new way. 

Hours and Admission 

  • Open daily, year round 9 a.m. to 5 p.m
  • Closed Christmas Day
  • Included in Garden Admission
    St. Louis City/ County Residents: Free Garden admission on Wednesday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon


Designed as an energizing, creative hub for plant science, investigative learning, critical thinking and discovery, the 1,100-square foot PlantLab offers a year-round experiential learning space for people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities to:

  • Engage in meantingful, hands-on experiences
  • Connect with the Garden's plant science mission in new and meaningful ways
  • Discover experiences you can recreate in your own classroom, home and community 
  • Gain inspiration and ideas for increasing plants and biodiversity in the greater St. Louis region

Find out about classes and field trips at the Garden:

Summer Programs
Programs for Scouts
School Programs & Field Trips


Calming Corner

The Calming Corner is a comfortable room for nursing moms and for young visitors who need a quiet space and relief from sensory stimulation. Located in Edward Jones Hall near the Brookings Exploration Center and Doris I. Schnuck Children's Garden, the room is purposefully designed with soft lighting, soothing colors, and comfortable seating. Calming activities in the room include books, tactile toys, plush forest critters, and soft mats. The room is available on a first come-first served basis. Learn more

A special thank you for your support of the Brookings Exploration Center renovations:

Edward Jones, Mr. and Mrs. William A. Gilbert, Dr. Ann J. Johanson, John and Anita O’Connell, Nora Stern and the Driver and Gleason Families, the Garden’s Members’ Board and alumni, and the Garden’s Young Friends Council and alumni.