In Schools & Universities
The EarthWays Center of the Missouri Botanical Garden is a leader in the field of educating for sustainability, and its staff and programs have been a regional resource since 1988. By making materials and topics relevant to today's learner and providing interdisciplinary, hands-on instruction for audiences of all ages, the EarthWays Center promotes wise resource use through shaping students' behavior and changing school cultures.
Opportunities for PK–12 Schools

Teacher with reminder to turn off lightsThrough our school-based, curriculum-enhancing educational programs and materials, we provide classroom and teacher presentations and resources on solid waste reduction, recycling, energy and air pollution. Lessons are hands-on, interactive experiences that teach students how they can make a difference. 

The EarthWays Center's education offerings include:

For more information about these programs, please contact Katherine Golden at

Learn about other field trip opportunities offered by the Garden.

Opportunities for Teachers

Hands drawing watersheds on mapThe EarthWays Center offers professional development opportunities for educators in all roles and environments. Workshops often involve field trips, hands-on lessons and activities and meaningful discussions. Topics include energy production, usage and conservation; reduce, reuse, recycle; and other sustainability topics. Check out upcoming professional development opportunities

Contact Kat Golden at for more information on upcoming professional development opportunities.

Sustainability Institute for Educators


Exploring the World Around Us: Using Technology to Build Connections
June 18–20, 2019

The 2019 Sustainability Institute for Educators will focus on the intersection of exploration, place, and sustainability. Using technology as a vehicle, educators will investigate local and global connections—all from their own classroom, learning space, or schoolyard. In its ninth year, this three-day institute challenges participants to help learners build awareness, recognize responsibility, and take action as global citizens working to build a sustainable world. The institute will feature a mix of special guest speakers, tools and resources, field studies and hands-on experiences.

$150 registration fee includes speaker fees, breakfast and lunch for all three days. Graduate credit is available! Hosted at Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School, St. Louis, Missouri.

Keynote Speaker:
Peg Keiner, Director of Innovation at GEMS World Academy Chicago and 2019 National Geographic Education Fellow. Peg Keiner's educational passion is creating space for people to solve the problems that matter to them. She empowers communities by helping them to collect data and drive positive action.

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Opportunities for Colleges & Universities

STL Higher Ed Sustainability Consortium logo The EarthWays Center of the Missouri Botanical Garden can help your institution integrate sustainability and environmental literacy on your campus. We are proud to support the St. Louis Regional Higher Education Sustainability Consortium (STL-HESC).

Learn more about the Consortium and other initiatives happening within the higher education sector in St. Louis. Or contact STL-HESC Coordinator, Katherine Golden at for more information.
School Programs at the Missouri Botanical Garden

Students planting during a Garden class
The Garden offers a wide variety of school programs including classes, guided tours, outreach programs and teacher professional development opportunities. Learn more