Life science focuses on the physical world around us using observations and experimentation to understand natural phenomena. Whether you’re interested in plants, animals, or even the human body, the natural sciences are the place for you.
Nature is all around us, and from the depths of the ocean to the vast expanse of the land around us, there is so much still to discover and learn about our planet and ourselves. You could be the individual that identifies a new, never-before-seen species, or you could work on protecting and preserving our natural resources. If you find joy in being outside, consider learning more about life sciences and outdoor STEM!
St. Louis is lucky to have the Missouri Botanical Garden, where the opportunities to learn about plant science, conservation, and sustainability are endless. They provide enriching programs for kids of all ages, from as young as 2 years old up to teenagers. These programs are designed to expand kids’ curiosity in and connection to the natural world while educating them.
Young kids will find excitement in programs like Little Sprouts and Garden Buds, where they will learn all about plant life and gardening through hands-on activities, songs, and stories. Youth and pre-teens can find programs like Habitat Helpers that increase their knowledge of the natural world through exploration of the Shaw Nature Reserve. There are also programs for ages 14-18 that allow teens to give back to the environment through service learning, where they will gain hands-on experience in nature conservation.
The St. Louis Zoo provides educational programs for kids all about animals and wildlife, focusing on respecting animals and protecting and preserving wildlife and our natural world. Kids can also learn all about zookeeping, where they will be exposed to what goes into working at a zoo or aquarium. Kids as young as 3 years can take part in programs that will enrich and engage them in the natural world.