Art, nature and science blend together to create exhibits as eye-catching as they are educational. Step behind a bumblebee mask for a bee’s eye view of the native gardens in the WaterWorks area. Learn about water conservation while splashing around in the rain play area and then soak up the sun while learning about photosynthesis in the Botany Basics section. Turn the wheels and watch the leaves of a larger than life plant move around and gather the sun’s rays. Get to the root of how plants gather energy to thrive and how birds and bees are involved in growing our food, too.
Inside the GROW Pavilion (the only indoor portion of the exhibit), visitors can get a closer look at just how important agriculture is to our area and how vital St. Louis agriculture is to the rest of the world. While inside the pavilion be sure to visit The Hive and listen in to see what new exhibit the resident bees are buzzing about. Choose your own adventure as a farmer, truck driver, or grocery buyer when you take a seat at the Farm to Fork Adventure kiosk. This interactive game lets you take on the role of a food provider and see first-hand how the weather, traffic and other incidents can affect our food supply.
Discover how new technologies help farmers every day in FarmTech Field. Watch a robot test the soil, get up close and personal with farm equipment, or even see a combine in action at different times throughout the day. For a small fee, little ones can spend time in the mini-tractor area navigating the hay maze.
Destined to become a fan favorite for all will be meeting GROW’s resident chicken family. These feathered fowl call a UFO-shaped coop their home. Small groups will be allowed to take a look inside this unique chicken house.
GROW is intended to be a hands-on experience and guests are encouraged to get involved and try something new. Before you head home, try your hand at milking a cow in the Animal Corral, dig in the dirt in the Homegrown area, take a tour of the Greenhouse, or taste locally grown produce at Fermentation Station.
GROW is open during regular Saint Louis Science Center hours and will include daily demonstrations and hands-on activities. Demonstrations span interests of all ages and tastes and may encompass kids’ crafts, backyard gardening, grafting, and even hands-on beer brewing and wine fermentation. Guests can also expect regular visits from local farm families and their livestock to share their stories. Guided tours, classes, workshops and special events will also be a regular feature at GROW. Visit the Saint Louis Science Center’s website at www.slsc.org/GROW for a schedule and more information.
Saint Louis Science Center is located at 5050 Oakland Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63110. Admission is free, though some programs and activities may cost a small fee.
Melissa Nordmann currently resides in St. Charles County. She enjoys attending her sons' baseball games and hiking with her family in many of the area's fabulous parks.
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