Educational Activities

2016 activities will be available in early April!

Environmental education and hands-on learning is a key component of the Festival. New this year, many of the hands-on environmental education activity booths are clustered in the Youth Corner, a space where children and young adults can explore the art and science of Earth Day. Look for the hand print stamp to easily find kid-friendly programs. Refer to the map to locate booths. 

Additional activities are listed under Special Programming. View our Family Guide to quickly identify kid-friendly activities & plan your family’s visit.


Endangered Wolf Center
Wolf Turf – Can Your Pack Survive? Play an active game, “Wolf Turf,” where each ‘pack’ will need to hunt to feed all its members. Nature 11-13

Greenway Network
Sun Painting: Create a sun painting using invasive plant species leaves to form a light impression on fabric. Live macroinvertebrates will also be on display! Nature 20

Honeybees – Native Pollinators
Observation Hive: See if you can spot the queen and watch as the bees interact with one another. Beekeepers will be on hand to answer questions about bees, beekeeping and local honey. Nature 32

Miss Fay’s Cafe
Insect Hotel: Observe how found and recycled objects assembled in different styles become homes for wildlife such as solitary bees, predator insects, pollinators and amphibians. Nature 30

National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)
Maps Save the Day! Visit the NGA table to see sample evasion charts/survival maps and gain hands-on knowledge of the skills you need to survive at home or in the wild. Learn how to read a map and recognize local plants and wildlife in order to know which species are hazardous and which help support life. See demonstrations of how maps can be used to gather resources and protect against the elements. Youth Corner 15

River Kids
Interactive Stream Table Presentations: River Kids will be offering hands-on, interactive stream table presentations about the anatomy of a healthy stream. Participants will help build a model of a healthy stream and observe the impacts humans have upon these systems. Youth Corner 9-10

Saint Louis Science Center
EVie the electric vehicle exhibit: EVie is a fully electric moving truck full of hands-on interactive exhibits dealing with energy basics, energy production including green energy and electric vehicles versus combustion vehicles. Transportation 5

Wildlife Rescue Center
Wild Neighbors: Contribute to a collage of the region that maps the places where people and wildlife live, eat and play! Nature 7


Better Business Bureau Serving Eastern Missouri and Southern Illinois
How eco-literate are you? See if you can spot “greenwashing” ads and learn how to tell if an advertisement is accurate or misleading. Recycle 3

St. Louis College of Pharmacy and Missouri P2D2
Medication disposal: Learn how to safely dispose of medications at home and whether or not prescription packaging can be recycled. Go home with your own medication disposal kit. Recycle 4


Gateway Greening
Seed Starting: Take the first step in growing your own food by planting a seed to take home. Grab a vegetable planting guide for St. Louis and instructions on how to care for your seedling; you are on your way to becoming more involved in the local food system! Youth Corner 19

Gardening for Good: Plant a piece of wildflower seed paper in your own mini pot that you will decorate and take home. Nature 24

Usborne Books & More
Wild for Native Seed Bombs: Learn about locations best suited to grow native wildflowers, then create a “seed bomb” to take home to enjoy the benefits of native plantings. Youth 11

US Fish and Wildlife Service [KF]

“Bombs” and butterflies: Learn about the monarch butterfly and how you can help save their habitat through a fun game. Make a seed bomb to take home and plant in your backyard. Nature 3-4


Build by design: Ever wonder how things get built from architects’ designs? Try it yourself using DIY designs to build structures from recycled materials generated from CannonDesign office operations. Youth Corner 7

Dancing Rabbit
Straw Bale Construction: Learn how to mix a simple earthen plaster with natural materials: sand, clay, water. Apply it to straw bales and you can build a structure! Youth Corner 16-17

Jack’s Back Books
Upcycle THIS! Create your own handmade wallet, cell phone case, or tablet case using repurposed materials and a pre-designed pattern. Youth Corner 8

Upcycled Crafts: You’ll never look at your trash can or recycling bin the same again after seeing how easy it is to transform ‘waste’ materials into something useful. Recycle 7

Sew Good and Trendy
Cloth Blossoms: Transform ‘scrap’ fabric into stylish and unique wearable flowers. Arts & Crafts 15

St. Louis Language Immersion School
Sustainability and Storytelling – A Trip Around the World: Create a sock puppet and then join the puppet theater. Meet other puppets who speak in Chinese, French and Spanish as they travel around the world learning about animals and the earth. Youth Corner 1