Environmentally Friendly

See St. Louis’ top green and environmentally friendly attractions during your group’s next tour through the Gateway City.

Day One

1. Missouri Botanical Garden

2 - 3 hours

The Missouri Botanical Garden has been a “green” destination for travelers for almost 150 years. Considered one of the top three public gardens in the world (along with Kew Gardens in London and the New York Botanic Garden), the Missouri Botanical Garden is also renowned for its beauty as well as its worldwide research aimed at plant conservation.

http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/ | Get Directions

2. City Museum

2 - 3 hours

Recycling is truly an art form at City Museum, a museum made entirely out of recycled pieces. The museum building itself is recycled having started life as a shoe manufacturing factory and warehouse. Items that would have become landfill now fill the floors of the quirky and innovative warehouse of artistic fun. Remnants of old buildings were transformed into the museum’s gift shop, retired heating coils from area breweries provide access to ceiling-high habit trails for kids and adults. The Museum operates on Pure Power – all the energy used comes from sources such as regional wind and other renewable resources.

http://www.citymuseum.org/ | Get Directions

Have lunch at Schlafly Bottleworks, an environment-friendly restaurant and microbrewery in St. Louis’ Maplewood neighborhood. The restaurant uses fresh produce and herbs grown in its own garden. All kitchen produce scraps are composted for use in the garden.

3. Saint Louis Zoo

2 - 3 hours

Spend the afternoon at the world-famous Saint Louis Zoo in Forest Park. Groups can ride on the Emerson Zooline Railroad, which operates year round, and stop at the most popular animal exhibit areas. The train is ADA accessible. See the Zoo on foot during group walking tours or a botanical wonders tour, which looks at plant life. Group seating is also available for the Zoo’s popular Sea Lion shows and youth groups can compete during a fun scavenger hunt through the Zoo.

http://stlzoo.org | Get Directions

4. Saint Louis Science Center

1 - 2 hours

Stop at the Saint Louis Science Center in Forest Park during the day or on one of its select late night openings where telescope viewing parties, Planetarium star shows and science trivia contests will be underway.

http://www.slsc.org/ | Get Directions

Day Two

1. Sophia M Sachs Butterfly House

1 - 2 hours

The Butterfly House in Faust Park and Shaw Nature Reserve in Gray Summit, Missouri. Fields of wild flowers and tall grass prairies at Shaw Nature Reserve showcase native plants that conserve water and create habitats for birds, bees and butterflies. Scores of gorgeous butterflies flutter about as visitors stroll the conservatory paths at the Butterfly House and learn of this delicate creature’s powerful impact on our environment.

http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/visit/family-of-attractions/butterfly-house.aspx | Get Directions

2. The Wild Canid Survival and Research Center

1 - 2 hours

Howl with wolves at The Wild Canid Survival and Research Center, the first captive breeding facility in the world for endangered wolves. The facility offers public daytime and evening educational tours and programs, including campground programs and wolf howls. The institution, founded by noted zoologist Marlin Perkins, has an apt slogan: Providing An Alternative To Extinction.

http://www.endangeredwolfcenter.org/ | Get Directions

3. World Bird Sanctuary

1 - 2 hours

Birders will flap about a visit to the World Bird Sanctuary, dedicated to preserving the earth’s biological diversity and securing the future of birds of prey in their natural environments. WBS is home to eagles, owls, hawks, falcons, vultures, parrots, mammals and reptiles. Naturalists offer programs on a variety of environmental topics.

http://www.worldbirdsanctuary.org/ | Get Directions
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