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

"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. alt

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

2015 Spring Programs


Tuesday, March 24 (ages 4-5)

Wednesday, March 24 (ages 6-7)

Hike our forest trail to discover what belongs in the forest and what does not.  Use your observation skills to complete the trek!


Tuesday, April 7  (ages 4-5)

Wednesday, April 8  (ages 6-7)

Become a naturalist by uncovering the secrets of the outdoors during the spring season.  Develop skills to use anywhere outdoors!


Tuesday, April 14  (ages 4-5)

Wednesday, April 15 (ages 6-7)

Follow clues to figure out where to find hidden treasures in nature.


Tuesday, April 21 (ages 4-5)

Wednesday, April 22 (ages 6-7)

It's never too early to discover a green thumb for planting!  Explore our greenhouse, learn how plants grow and plant your own seeds.


Tuesday, April 28  (ages 4-5)

Wednesday, April 29  (ages 6-7)

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


Tuesday, May 5  (ages 4-5)

Wednesday, April 6  (ages 6-7)

Play bingo with nature.  Use your senses to 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