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2015 Caravan to Cuba



The Green Center has a STL250 Cake!

We have been caked!  Come visit us to view our Cakeway to the West special cake to celebrate St. Louis' 250th birthday! 

Update:  Thank you to everyone who visited The Green Center in search of our cake!  As of January 21, 2015, the cake has been moved to a new location.




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

Back to the Earth

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



Pathways Through Nature, A Lifetime Journey Speaker Series 2013-2015


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



Sharon Deem- February 3, 2015

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Ed Spevak- May 12, 2015





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

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!


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

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

Check out the stlmag.com 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

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!

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!

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





The Green Center Earns National Certification as Nature Explore Classroom


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 arborday.org.

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.


Connecting with Nature Student Art Exhibit

Check out the article in the University City Patch about our Student Art Exhibit featuring art work created by students that participated in our Connecting with Nature Camp this past summer!

A special thank you to the University City Education Foundation for helping to fund this program by awarding The Green Center with the Harriett Woods Award!


The Green Center Receives Award!

The Green Center received this year's Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc Area III Community Service Award for "Outstanding Contributions to Community Beautification."  A special thanks to the Top Ladies for granting us this award at their 35th Annual Leadership Conference held on March 11 and both the Top Ladies and Top Teens that help us with our restoration events each year!


Kresge Arts in St. Louis

The Green Center is excited to announce receipt of a grant from Kresge Arts in St. Louis to support arts integration. This award will fund a key component of the Center's Green Jobs training program, aesthetic documentation. This form of ecological monitoring engages participants in the visual and literary arts by utilizing these in the process of data collection. Kresge Arts in St. Louis is a partnership of the Kresge Foundation, the Arts and Education Council, and the Greater Saint Louis Community Foundation.

The Green Center has also received a grant from the Albert I. Pierce Foundation www.aipfoundation.org to fund the EnviroArts Project, an initiative born of community interest in recognizing and celebrating the work being done to restore the Calvary Cemetery Prairie. Students from the community will design and install interpretive signage designating the prairie site.


Calvary Cemetery Prairie Restoration Project Featured in the April 8 "The Economist" Magazine!

The Green Center has partnered with the Missouri Department of Conservation, Missouri Botanical Garden, The Nature Conservancy, and the Archdiocese of St. Louis Catholic Cemeteries to preserve and restore the last known native tallgrass prairie remnant in St. Louis, located at Calvary Cemetery. As part of this collaborative, The Green Center has coordinated outreach efforts, volunteer planting and invasive species removal days, and hands-on education in the Calvary Prairie.

For more information about this exciting project, call
314-725-8314 x 101 or email events@thegreencenter.org.

You can also read more online at the The Economist.


Discovery Garden

Visit The Green Center’s new Discovery Garden. This outdoor learning space is open for children to engage in “nature play” and discovery. It is a great resource for schools designing outdoor classrooms.



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Join us for our Holiday Fundraiser Open House!

Wednesday, December 9 from 4:00-7:00pm

Cocktails and Nibbles with old friends and new.  A perfect opportunity to support The Green Center and pick up a great gift for yourself and someone special.  

A preview of some of our delightful gifts for purchase are pictured below and more will be posted soon!





Welcome to The Green Center

We are located at 8025 Blackberry Avenue in University City, MO 63130.

For general information, call 314-725-8314.

The Green Center's headquarters house is open to the public Wednesdays from 9 am to 3 pm, during special events, and by arrangement.  Our outdoor spaces are open from dawn to dusk.

Founded in 1998, the Green Center is a natural oasis in the heart of the St. Louis metropolitan region. The center is headquartered in a residence built in 1932 and is located in Kaufman Park, University City, Missouri.

The heart of the Green Center is its outdoor spaces which include learning and demonstration gardens on the headquarters' grounds; a half-acre prairie within a short walk of the headquarters; a half-acre Missouri wetland; the 26-acre Ruth Park Woods; and an Arboretum in University City's Heman Park.

We encourage visitors to explore the Green Center's outdoor spaces on their own or take advantage of our classes, guided field trips, summer youth camps, scout badge programs, and service learning and volunteer opportunities. Artists find inspiration here for their photography, painting, and creative writing.

Bringing the outdoors in, The Green Center now provides nature-related art exhibits by talented local artists.

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