Meet the Garden's Science and Sustainability Experts

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The Science and Sustainability Open House will be held for one day on Saturday, March 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Meet our scientists at the Monsanto Research Center and learn how they collect, study, and conserve plants. You can also learn about the Garden's sustainability programs by joining EarthWays Center and Education division staff at the Commerce Bank Center for Science Education (CBEC). The event is free and open to the public. For more info, visit mobot.org/openhouse.

A few of the organizations and highlights you can see that day at the two locations include:

EarthWays Center (CBEC)
At the EarthWays Center, we strive to enrich lives and protect plants and our environment by educating and connecting people to make practical sustainable choices where they live, learn, work, and play. Meet the team that educates and connects people to 20+ programs in the community. Discover how the Garden is making Saint Louis greener, with environmental classes and programs for schools, businesses, individuals, and families! Click here to learn more about this group. 

There will be plenty to do for all ages. Interact with the BiodiverseCity game, learn “how to green your school,” or take the reduce-reuse-recycle plastic bag quiz. Hands-on activities will include a sustainability scavenger hunt, make and take herbal sachets, and DIY upcycling with our friends from Perennial

Missouri Botanical Garden Botanists (Monsanto)
Missouri Botanical Garden scientists are doing research all over the world. Visitors will be invited to hear more about their experiences and findings, and learn how they collect, study, and conserve plants. Tour our 7 million-specimen herbarium and visit the Peter H. Raven Library, one of the most comprehensive libraries of botanical literature in the world, including more than 6,500 rare books. For more information about the things our botanists are doing, click here.

Therapeutic Horticulture (CBEC)
Therapeutic Horticulture experts will discuss the numerous programs they have developed and the wide range of individuals these programs help within our community. If you've been wondering what plants and gardening can do for your mind, body, and spirit, click here to learn more!

U.S. Green Building Council - Missouri Gateway Chapter (CBEC)
The mission of the Missouri Gateway Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council is "To create and restore buildings and communities that will regenerate and sustain the health and vitality of all life within a generation." For more information about how they are implementing sustainability into our communities and spaces, check out their website.

Go Behind the Scenes at Two Locations!
The two buildings are across the street from each other. You can park at the Garden or at either of the two sites and then walk to both places. Both events are free and open to the public. Improve your chances of winning Garden memberships and gift baskets by visiting both locations to register to win.

WHAT: Science and Sustainability Open House
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday March 9
WHERE: Monsanto Center, 4500 Shaw Blvd., and Commerce Bank Center for Science Education, 4651 Shaw Blvd, St. Louis
COST: Free
INFO: For more details and maps, visit mobot.org/openhouse.

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