Once the weather turns milder, St. Louisans love to head outdoors and enjoy all the city has to offer. To inspire visitors to explore the outdoors this spring and to give them an opportunity to see some of the changes that have taken sprout during the winter, Missouri Botanical Garden is inviting the community to a Meet Me Outdoors in St. Louis Weekend Festival April 2-3 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“We wanted to do something special to celebrate the reopening of our redesigned Brookings Exploration Center, and to encourage visitors to get outdoors this year,” said Katie O’Sullivan, Missouri Botanical Garden spokesperson.
Closed for renovations in fall 2015, the Brookings Exploration Center is ready to reopen with an open floor plan and the reimagined PlantLab, a hands-on exhibit designed as a greenhouse.
Guests who arrive early will take home a free native Missouri tree sapling in honor of Arbor Day. There are a limited number of saplings available to plant and will be provided while supplies last. A variety of classes and workshops like building a wren nest box, an insect hotel and a bee home will be offered both days to encourage visitors to play outdoors in their own backyards. Regional exhibitors will also be available with opportunities to explore the area and stay active outdoors.
The Meet Me Outdoors in St. Louis Weekend Festival also marks the spring reopening of the Doris I. Schnuck Children’s Garden, Tower Grove House, Café Flora and tram rides. It’s the first time Missouri Botanical Garden has hosted a festival coordinating with the seasonal openings of its attractions.
Missouri Botanical Garden is located at 4344 Shaw Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63110. Regular admission is $8 for ages 13 and up, and free for children 12 and under. St. Louis City and County residents may enter for a discounted rate of $4 for ages 13 to 64, and $3 for seniors ages 65 and over. Some festival activities require separate admission. Call 314-577-5100 for more information.