People of all ages can learn more about what it means to live Green during the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Green Living Festival. Join experts for a day-long festival of learning, playing and engaging in ideas for sustainable lifestyles. The 17th annual Green Living Festival, formerly called the Green Homes Festival, will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 2.
Hosted by EarthWays Center, the festival lets visitors explore the links between sustainability and a healthy environment. You can live more sustainably by focusing on your choices no matter where you reside or what you own (or don’t own)! Our experts will offer tips to make your lifestyle, workplace, community and residence greener.
Presented by Ameren Missouri and sponsored by many local partners, this year’s festival features more than 40 exhibits and demonstrations by the region’s leading sustainability focused businesses and organizations. Attendees can talk one-on-one with a wide range of experts about their specific interests and project ideas, and learn more about green living, recycling, energy efficiency, naturescaping and native gardens, renewable energy systems, and more! Guests completing the Passport to Green Learning and visiting exhibitors in each Festival area at the event will take home a terrific green living gift!
A roster of fast-paced “Presentations to the People” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. will cover useful topics from local experts such as solar technology; sustainability of natural gas; fun and functional plants; chicken keeping; healthy homes; and composting. Returning this year, the Festival will showcase some of these topics as more in-depth interactive demonstrations featuring speakers with a DIY focus providing eco-friendly tips and tricks for your everyday life.
The Green Living Festival is a family event! Children and families can have fun building a sun-powered miniature roadster, sample treats cooked in solar ovens, snap photos with costumed characters and join in the fun recycled art activities. If you complete a scavenger hunt you get an EarthWays patch to take home!
We’ll have an exclusive event Snapchat filter that day, come take your photo at the Festival! Visitors can also enjoy free, all-levels yoga classes for adults and kids hosted by STL non-profit Yoga Buzz. Bring your own yoga mat or towel. Earthbound Brewing will be with us! Come check them out!
Recycling and composting will reduce the festival’s “waste-line.” Bring your reusable bottle and get free water refills.
The Green Living Festival is included with Missouri Botanical Garden admission of $12 for adults and free for children ages 12 and under. St. Louis City and County residents enjoy free admission on Saturday before noon and are $6 thereafter, with proof of residency. It will be held primarily indoors at the William T. Kemper Center for Home Gardening, Cohen Amphitheater, and its surrounding gardens and grounds.
Visitors are encouraged to cycle to the Garden, using Bike St. Louis routes along Shaw and Tower Grove, which connect to routes through Tower Grove Park, along Grand, and on Macklind Avenue and take advantage of convenient free bicycle parking.
The EarthWays Center of the Missouri Botanical Garden enriches lives and protects plants and our environment by educating and connecting people to practical sustainable solutions where they live, learn, work, and play. Learn more about the Garden’s sustainability efforts at www.mobot.org/sustainability or call the EarthWays Center at (314) 577-0220.
Additional Green Living Festival sponsorship support from Boeing, MSD Project Clear, and Spire.
For more information go to: www.mobot.org/greenlivingfest