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

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"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.  Programs may take place in our Discovery Garden which became a certified Nature Explore Classroom in 2011!

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

 

2014 Spring Programs

TOAD ABODE

Tuesday, March 25  (ages *4-5)       Wednesday, March 26 (ages 6-7)

Learn all about toads and create a home for them to put in your yard.

 

WEAVING NATURE

Tuesday, April 1 (ages *4-5)        Wednesday, April 2 (ages 6-7)

Seek out hidden treasures in our outdoor gardens and use them to create your own nature weave.

 

INSECT HOTEL

Tuesday, April 8 (ages *4-5)              Wednesday, April 9 (ages 6-7)

Learn how to look for insects outdoors and create an insect hotel to take home. 

 

GREEN THUMBS UP!

Tuesday, April 15 (ages *4-5)              Wednesday, April 16 (ages 6-7)

It's never too early to discover a green thumb for planting! Explore our greenhouse, learn how plants grow and create special garden markers.

 

NATURE MOBILE

Tuesday, April 22 (ages *4-5)              Wednesday, April 23 (ages 6-7)

Hike our trails to collect natural items to create your own nature mobile.

 

FAIRY GARDENS

Tuesday, May 6 (ages *4-5)              Wednesday, May 7 (ages 6-7)

Create a miniature fairy garden where even the tiniest of creatures can live.

 

Time:  4:00-5:00pm

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

 

Payment must be received in advance of the registered class.

 Pre-registration is required for each program!

 

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

Programs will occur outdoors.  Please dress children appropriately for the weather.

 

To register for a class, contact:  Kathleen Evans 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

Location

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

Participation

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

Registration

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