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Warm Up the Classroom - Grow in Your Green Knowledge!

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Want to do a sustainability related volunteer project in your own backyard?

Think about conducting an MSD storm drain marking campaign in your neighborhood. These campaigns help build awareness and provide a visible reminder of the consequences of improper waste disposal. This in turn educates the community of the importance of keeping our watershed healthy, connecting storm drains in our streets to the creeks, streams, and rivers that surround us. This is a great project for individuals, scouts, and community groups. We provide all the tools and equipment your group needs to help put knowledge into action. Opportunities to participate in the program begin in March 2022 while supplies last. Contact EarthWays Center at MSDCleanwater@mobot.org to get on the waitlist for storm drain marking projects today.


Free Family Fun Event at the Garden This Winter

GROWING ROOTS IN STEM: STEM SATURDAYS
9 a.m. – noon February 26 and March 5, 2022

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Join us for a morning of interactive tabletop activities designed for students to EXPLORE, CREATE, LEARN, and DISCOVER exciting opportunities in Science, Engineering, Math, and Technology. Learn about real-world plant science and conservation careers, interact with local organizations, and research institutions, and practice your STEM investigation skills and methods. No registration is needed to participate. Included with Garden admission. Admission is free to St. Louis City and County residents Saturdays, 9 –11 a.m.


Other Educational Opportunities Available:

EnviroScape Presentation - Learn how everyone plays a role in keeping water clean. See how pollution enters our streams and rivers and what you can do in your own neighborhood to help using the popular EnviroScape® Watershed model. Teachers can borrow the model for demonstrations or EarthWays can provide a virtual demonstration. Contact EarthWays Center at MSDCleanwater@mobot.org for questions or model reservations. 

Are you an educator within St. Louis and the surrounding region? We have an upcoming workshop for you! Learn how to integrate pollution and water topics into your classroom and get trained on using the popular EnviroScape model. Register and learn more here.

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Virtual Learning Lessons - EarthWays Center classes help learners discover sustainable solutions to address complex sustainability issues in our region. Topics such as energy efficiency, solar power, sustainability 101, and other requests. Current offerings that can be modified to fit your needs and taught in your classroom or virtually include Garbology 101, Living the 3Rs, and Decomposer Detectives. Contact Kat Golden at Katherine.golden@mobot.org if interested! 

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Compost Stew - New this school year! Check out a hands-on learning kit from EarthWays Center for your early learner classroom. The kit this season will focus on compost, with a copy of Compost Stew by Mary McKenna Siddals and manipulatives to go with the book. This is a great interactive kit to introduce young learners to composting and how to care for the planet. Contact Kat Golden at Katherine.golden@mobot.org if interested! 

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Write Outside Your Door – Submission window opens March 2022. Write Outside Your Door is a free writing competition co-sponsored by the Missouri Botanical Garden and Gateway Writing Project that authentically integrates creative writing into the science and English language curriculums. Write Outside Your Door invites students from grades K - 12 and adults to write about their experiences outside, with nature, and as stewards of the environment. 

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