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 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:

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Outside Opportunities 

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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.

Opportunities for Teachers

Hands drawing watersheds on map

The 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.

EarthWays Sustainability Network
MSD Clean Water Teacher Workshops
Energy Efficiency Teacher Workshops
Learn more about upcoming professional development opportunities

Contact Kat Golden at katherine.golden@mobot.org for more information on upcoming professional development opportunities.

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