Schools and 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 PreK–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, projects, and activities are hands-on, interactive experiences that teach students how they can make a difference. 

In School Opportunities:

Current programs:

Past programs:

Learn about other school program opportunities offered by the Garden

Outside of School Opportunities:

Opportunities for Higher Education

We support institutions as they integrate sustainability into their curriculum and on their campus grounds.

We are able to assist your university with a number of tasks associated with improving the environmental literacy within your campus culture. These services are free-of-cost, and could include:

  • Assessing existing operations and education and outreach needs
  • Working with sustainability task forces, environmental committees, and "green teams" to identify team goals and objectives as well as university-wide initiatives
  • Improving current operations to meet industry best practices and current standards
  • Writing and incorporating policies to facilitate change
  • Publicizing results to encourage success
  • Working with the USGBC Missouri Gateway Chapter’s Higher Education Advocacy Subcommittee to provide other opportunities to get involved in green professions

The EarthWays Center's higher education offerings include:

STL Higher Education Sustainability Consortium

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, Maggie McCoy at mmccoy@mobot.org for more information or about how you can get involved.

Sustainability Institute for Educators

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Due to complications and uncertainties from the COVID-19 pandemic and to keep all our Sustainability-minded educators safe, we are postponing the Summer 2020 Sustainability Institute for Educators.

We will be presenting this conference next summer, June 22–24, 2021. We will be providing resources related to the topics of climate change education, environmental justice, and educational equity at webster.edu/sie. This will be dynamic content available between now and the 2021 Institute.

Equity and Justice in a Changing Climate
June 22–24, 2021

The 2021 Sustainability Institute for Educators will focus on climate change and its interconnectedness with the E's of Sustainability: Economics, Equity and Environment. Educators will discuss principles of environmental justice and the impact of climate change while empowering learners to engage in civic leadership and action. Each day will feature a mix of special guest speakers, tools and resources, field studies and hands-on experiences. This three-day Institute challenges participants to build agency for a more just and sustainable world.

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

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand and face the challenges of community issues as part of the school culture
  • Recognize local resources that can support curriculum and changes for sustainability
  • Collaborate with others to empower young citizens
  • Create a community of advocates for sustainable schools and communities
  • Setting a foundation for whole school sustainability

Learn more and register: webster.edu/sie

Internships

The EarthWays Center offers internship opportunities to college students seeking to gain experience or college credit in outreach and education-related fields with an emphasis in conservation and sustainability.

  • EarthWays Sustainability Education Internship
  • EarthWays Energy Efficiency Programs/Sunflower+ Internship

Learn more

For more information about these programs and other opportunities, please contact Maggie McCoy at mmccoy@mobot.org

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