Education Programs

Youth Education

An environmental education and arts-integrated science curriculum offered to school districts sets The Green Center apart from other local cultural and science organizations.

The Green Center offers outdoor classrooms that enable students to learn about the natural world through inquiry-based programming. Whether students are investigating the prairie, forest or wetland, they will receive a hands-on experience that will encourage them to observe and explore. In addition, Scouts can earn badges through field experiences at The Green Center.

Below are just a few general topics of programs that we offer.  We can customize a program to support educational needs.  All programs are available to students of all ages in any school or organized group. 

Field Experiences

Wetland Ecology Insects
Prairie Ecology (fall only) Ecosystem Plot Studies
Forest Ecology Letterboxing
Keying Out Tress-Classficiation Geodesic Greenhouse Growing
Prairie By Design (fall only) Missouri Rocks: Geology
Pollination Appreciation Discovery Garden Exploration

Program Time: 2 hours      Cost: $7 per student    Chaperones are free of charge.


“Nature Play” Programs:  2015 Fall Programs alt

"Nature play" programs reconnect children to nature and offer them experiences to explore, discover and interact with the natural environment.  Connecting children to nature has beneficial effects on a child's health, development and well being. 

(These programs can also be scheduled separately with schools or organized groups.) 



Wednesday, September 23 (ages 4-7)

It is the first day of fall!  You are invited to our party to celebrate!  Find out what changes will be happening during the new season.


Wednesday, October 7 (ages 4-7)

Learn how to use your five senses in the outdoors by exploring a variety of different habitats.  Taste from our herb garden, too!


Wednesday, October 14 (ages 4-7)

Create your own collection of natural items as we search for the colors and textures of fall.


Wednesday, October 21 (ages 4-7)

Learn how pumpkins grow, visit our “pumpkin patch” to find a pumpkin to decorate and enjoy a pumpkin snack.


Wednesday, October 28 (ages 4-7)

Explore the outdoors by investigating critters that blend in with their surroundings.  As Halloween approaches, would could be hidden in the trees and grass?


Wednesday, November 4 (ages 4-7)

Take part in a fall scavenger hunt where you will have to look up in trees, under logs, around a pond and throughout the rest of our outdoor spaces to find all of your items and win a prize!



Time:  4:00-5:00pm

Cost:  $8 per student/ program (includes all materials)

Payment must be received in advance of the registered class.

*Parent/Guardian must stay on site with children 4 & 5 years old. 

**A minimum of 5 students are needed to hold each class.**


To register for a class, contact:  Kathleen Kapayou at  314-725-8314 X 105 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


General Information


Classes meet at The Green Center, 8025 Blackberry Avenue, in University City, MO 63130. (Unless otherwise specified).


Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. There is no charge for adult chaperones and scout leaders.


To schedule a field experience or if you would like more information, please call (314) 725-8314 x 105 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Forest Class Wetland Class