"Back to the Earth" article in St. Louis Family Fall-Winter 2014 Magazine

Tuesday, October 14 2014 08:22

Back to the Earth

Want your kids to be more eco-savvy? Send them here.



Pathways Through Nature, A Lifetime Journey Speaker Series 2013-2014

Last Updated on Monday, September 15 2014 15:10 Tuesday, January 28 2014 14:17


The Green Center presents a series of speakers who will share stories and recollections of their early childhood experiences in nature and the impact it had on their lives. 


Our 2013-2014 Series includes:

Dr. Peter Raven- October 8, 2013

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Doug Ladd- January 14, 2014

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Noppadol Paothong- March 4, 2014

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Mike Clark- April 29, 2014



Walter Crawford- September 9, 2014








The Green Center welcomes participants in the International Visitor Leadership Program!

Last Updated on Wednesday, August 21 2013 14:01 Wednesday, August 21 2013 13:50

We had a group from the International Visitor Leadership Program visit our Center! Countries represented include Ethiopia, Finland, Mexico, Nepal, Pakistan, People's Republic of China and Tunisia.

We had a group from the International Visitor Leadership Program visit our Center today! Countries represented include Ethiopia, Finland, Mexico, Nepal, Pakistan, People's Republic of China and Tunisia.


The Healthy Planet features P. Allen Smith and a member of The Green Center!

Last Updated on Friday, October 05 2012 10:19 Friday, October 05 2012 10:18


Our very own Golden Laced Polish chicken named Alberta visiting P. Allen Smith!

The Heathly Planet highlighted this visit in their June 2012 magazine that you can view here



Richard Louv's Visit to The Green Center

Friday, October 05 2012 10:14

Richard Louv, author of "Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder" visited The Green Center on May 1st! 

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Backdoor Harvest at The Green Center

Last Updated on Friday, October 05 2012 10:03 Friday, October 05 2012 10:02

Check out the article about Backdoor Harvest's bee hives at The Green Center.  The bee hives are located in Kaufman Woods which is behind the headquarters of the Center.  The bees can be found daily around the hives and buzzing around all of our gardens!


5th Annual Fall Fire Festival

Last Updated on Monday, October 29 2012 07:35 Tuesday, September 04 2012 07:59

Our Fall Fire Festival is scheduled for Saturday, November 3 from 5:30-8:30pm.  Come spend a fall evening with your family watching fire performers, eating chili and warming up by a bonfire while you make s'mores!  All included in your ticket price!

Tickets are on sale now! Purchase advanced tickets at a discounted rate at our EVENTBRITE site.  These discounted tickets are Adults: $10 and Children: $5 and will be sold until October 28th.

Tickets will also be available from October 30-(November 3: at the door) for Adults: $15 and Children $5. 

We hope to see you there!


New Boardwalk in Urban Bird Corridor!

Last Updated on Friday, October 05 2012 09:00 Wednesday, August 15 2012 12:12

UPDATE!  The NEW boardwalk is completed!  Visit our Urban Bird Corridor and check out our new boardwalk!

If you visit The Green Center's Urban Bird Corridor in September 2012, please note that the wetland area is currently under construction.  The boardwalk is being upgraded and will be accessible again soon!


Green Tie Affair fundraiser is scheduled for Saturday, June 9th, 2012!

Last Updated on Wednesday, June 06 2012 15:36 Friday, April 27 2012 08:30

Mark Your Calendar!  This year's Green Tie Affair fundraising event will be held on Saturday, June 9th from 5:30-8:00pm

Get your tickets today!  Members:  $25 each (limit 2 /2012 membership)   Non-Members:  $40 each

Purchase tickets by credit card via our eventbrite link  or by sending in a check made out to The Green Center.

THANK YOU to our sponsors! 

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The Green Center Earns National Certification as Nature Explore Classroom

Tuesday, January 17 2012 13:40


Nebraska City, Neb. (December 12, 2011) – The Green Center outdoor classroom earned the national designation of a certified Nature Explore Classroom from the Arbor Day Foundation and Dimensions Educational Research Foundation.

The national certification places The Green Center in a growing network of organizations that have created effective outdoor learning environments for children.  This network allows for idea-sharing, peer support, and continuous learning and development. The first Nature Explore Classroom is located in the Tree Adventure attraction at Arbor Day Farm, the Arbor Day Foundation’s interactive conservation venue in Nebraska City, Neb.  Nature Explore Classrooms are part of the Nature Explore program, a collaborative project of the Arbor Day Foundation and Dimensions Educational Research Foundation. Developed in response to the growing disconnect between children and nature, certified Nature Explore Classrooms are designed to help fill the void by educating young children using research-based principles for integrating nature into their daily learning.

These classrooms, which are being developed across the country, offer interactive elements – including musical instruments made of natural materials, climbing structures, wooden blocks, garden areas, and natural materials for building and creating art – that give children important and inspiring nature experiences. While connecting children with nature, such unstructured play and activities are shown to enhance concentration, develop creativity and problem-solving, relieve stress, and improve skills in many areas.

The Green Center is located at 8025 Blackberry Avenue in University City, MO.  Outdoor classrooms that are designed according to principles described in the Dimensions Foundation’s Learning With Nature Idea Book are eligible to become certified Nature Explore Classrooms. In a certified Nature Explore Classroom, children can create visual masterpieces in a nature art area, build with natural materials, climb on natural structures, and practice their balance, agility, and creativity in areas designed for music and movement.  

“The Green Center has taken an important leadership role in a profoundly needed initiative to connect young children with nature, setting a wonderful example for education centers across the country,” said Susie Wirth, Nature Explore outreach director for the Arbor Day Foundation. “Everyone at Arbor Day Foundation and Dimensions Educational Research Foundation appreciates the commitment that The Green Center has made to the Nature Explore program and to providing nature education opportunities for young children.” 

About the Arbor Day Foundation:  The Arbor Day Foundation is a nonprofit education organization of more than 1 million members, with a mission to inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees. More information on the Foundation and its programs can be found at

About Dimensions Educational Research Foundation:  Dimensions Educational Research Foundation was formed in 1998 to study how science, math and literacy learning can be enhanced by the addition of more visual-spatial activities into classrooms and homes. For a number of years, the Foundation has conducted and collected research on how children best develop visual-spatial skills and how teachers and families can optimally support this development. Dimensions Educational Research Foundation’s goal is to create and deliver unique educational programming to 1) Help people better understand and appreciate the natural world by developing visual-spatial skills; and 2) Improve science, math and literacy learning through visual-spatial skills.


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