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

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.) 

2015 Winter Programs


Wednesday, February 4 (ages 4-7)

Use your observation skills to identify winter animals and find them in our outdoors spaces.


Wednesday, February 11  (ages 4-7)

Winter has come to TGC and you get to play in the "snow."  Explore our gardens while you get to hunt for "snowballs!"


Wednesday, February 18 (ages 4-7)

Hike around the Center to observe the differences between trees.  These trees will be your paintbrushes to create your own masterpiece. 

Jr. Naturalist

Wednesday, February 25 (ages 4-7)

Become a naturalist by uncovering the secrets of the outdoors during the winter season. What can you find in the trees?  HIdden among the prairie grasses?  Under rotting logs?  Develop skills to use anywhere outdoors. 


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