Programs for Kids & Families

The Missouri Botanical Garden continues to be dedicated to keeping all staff and participants safe as we move forward with a variety of class offerings at all three locations. In these ever changing times, we have made some modifications to our classes. All classes will be held outdoors or virtually, where appropriate, until further notice. CLASS LOCATIONS HAVE CHANGED, a new location map, if needed, is included in the confirmation. Classes will be held under covered spaces as necessary. Each participant will be ask to electronically agree to a Covid-19 waiver upon each registration and will receive a Class Participant Protocol to review prior to class, which is included in the emailed confirmation. Each class participant will be asked to review health questions stated on protocol and take their temperature just prior to coming to class. An Education staff member will be at each class to confirm you have read and understand the protocol and have answered the health questions. If participant has a fever of 100.4 + or answers “yes” to any of the health questions, please call (314) 577-9506 to cancel and receive a full refund. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we strive to keep everyone safe in our classes.

Featured Programs at the Missouri Botanical Garden

Mother and son in the iris garden Garden Buds
For ages 4–6
Mother and daughter
Budding Scientists & Budding Artists
For ages 6–12
Preparing ropes to climb
Canopy Climb
For ages 8 and up
Come Grow With Us...

Mother and daughter potting a plant Offered for a diversity of learners, from young explorers to budding enthusiasts, our programs have been expertly designed to educate, inspire and enrich. Most importantly, they are intended to strengthen the connections each of us has with the natural world.

Our classes for kids and families have been designed for children and adults to experience together. Instructors strive to engage children in age-appropriate activities, while providing adults examples of ways to learn about the natural world at home.

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Early Childhood Programs for
Grown-up & Child

Family Programs at the Garden


Family Programs at
Shaw Nature Reserve


in Gray Summit, Missouri

Bring the family to Gray Summit to discover the prairie, the wetlands and nature. Join us for a Creek Stomp, Geocaching or a Canopy Climb! We have classes and programs for families with children of all ages. Learn more

Family Events at
the Butterfly House


in Chesterfield, Missouri

Visit us at the Butterfly House in Chesterfield! Join us for the Spring Fling, Summer Buggin’, Booterfly House, Winter Jewels or participate in one of our other fun programs. Learn more


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