Missouri Botanical Garden’s EarthWays Center knows that teachers are the sustainability champions within schools. Through lessons, afterschool clubs, and green teams, educators help to drive school sustainability culture. To support that work, EarthWays Center offers professional development opportunities for educators focused on waste reduction, recycling, and green team development.

There are opportunities for educators who are just learning about what can be recycled and those who are ready to take on more sustainability leadership roles. “Thinking Beyond the 3Rs” is our annual waste reduction workshop that introduces educators to solid-waste related topics.

Thinking Beyond the 3Rs Workshop

June 18, 2024
9 a.m.–4 p.m.

Students recyclingIf you’ve ever wanted to start your students thinking about trash and recycling, but didn’t know where to begin, we have something for you. This free workshop will provide you with the resources, tools, and knowledge you need to bring solid-waste related topics like recycling, composting, and household hazardous waste, into your classroom and empower students to make change in their community. The “Thinking Beyond the 3Rs” workshop was developed to assist educators in curriculum support, implementing special projects, and creating behavioral changes that promote wise resource use in schools throughout the greater St. Louis region. We encourage educators from all schools, subjects, and grade-levels to attend.

In this workshop, you’ll:

  • Get a full understanding of what happens when we throw things “away.”
  • Build confidence in your own content knowledge.
  • Learn best practices to encourage environmental stewardship in students.
  • Develop students’ problem-solving and critical thinking skills.
  • Help students plan, implement, and evaluate projects with real-world impacts.
  • Access cross-curricular, inquiry-based materials and lesson plans.