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Learn more about how you can have a sustainable Whitaker experience: 

Bring Your Reusable Water Bottle
St. Louis enjoys some of the nation's best-tasting water!

  • Refill your bottle at the hydration stations located next to the rest rooms in the Doris I. Schnuck Children's Garden, adjacent to the Whitaker concert stage.
  • Drinking fountains are located near all rest rooms and around the grounds. 
    • Find exact locations on your Map and Visitor Guide, or ask Garden hosts for directions to a fountain.
  • Forgot your bottle? Souvenir refillable bottles are available at refreshment stands on Whitaker concert nights.

Consider Alternative Transportation 
There are multiple ways to get to the Garden.

  • Electric vehicle charging stations are available in the west main parking lot at no cost to all Garden visitors. 100% of electrical usage is offset by wind energy credits purchased via Ameren Missouri.
  • Bicycle parking is available in the upper west parking lot at the Ridgway Visitor Center. Concert overflow parking provided by Trailnet.
  • Metro bus stops are conveniently located along Shaw Blvd. Go to to find the best route.
  • Attending as a small group—consider calling a taxi or carpooling to save on fuel and parking.
Pack a Waste-free Picnic
  • Use a picnic basket or a reusable grocery bag.
  • Pack your food in reusable containers along with reusable utensils.
  • Use cloth napkins
  • Recycle any beverage containers in designated receptacles throughout the Garden. 

Buy Local
Buy your picnic food and supplies locally

  • Try some locally raised vegetables, meat, poultry, fruit, etc. 
  • Check your local farmer's market for the finest local grub.
  • Stock your cooler with a local brand of beer, wine or soda.

Be Pest-free

  • Try herbal-based mosquito repellents available locally or online.
  • Avoid perfume, scented soaps and body products during mosquito season.

Leave No Trace

  • Look around your seating area and pick up all personal items and trash.
  • Recycle all of your cans and bottles.
  • Bring enough bags to efficiently dispose of your trash.
  • Do not dispose of ice on the grass or planting beds.
  • Leave your picnic area as clean as it was when you arrived

Respect Your Surroundings

  • Walk on paved paths and picnic only in grassy areas, not in planting beds.
  • Be mindful of the neighborhoods surrounding the Garden as you arrive and leave.
  • Dispose of your recycling and trash in the correct receptacles both on and off Garden grounds.
  • Once the concert begins, remove any items such as umbrellas, etc., that might obstruct others' view of the stage

Learn more about sustainable operations at the Garden