April 7–8 • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Climb into the tree canopy, try stand-up paddleboarding, or take a nature scavenger hunt to kick off spring at the Missouri Botanical Garden, Shaw Nature Reserve, and Butterfly House. Enjoy food, music, special exhibitors, and more at three of the St. Louis area's most beautiful destinations. 

Regular admission applies.

Get outside
and play!

Discover outdoor opportunities all year long!

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Children's Garden Seasonal Opening

Construct micro-habitats like nest boxes, insect hotels and native bee homes.

Try new outdoor activities

Construct micro-habitats

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Take home native plants and native plant gardening and landscaping design ideas and inspirations.

Come celebrate our region’s great outdoors!

Interact with experts from the region’s national, state and city parks and reserves.

Help us kick off another season of family fun in the Children's Garden with two days of special activities.

Local Experts

Native Plant Sales and Tips

Featuring a fun line-up of active, outdoor experiences, exhibitors, experts and more at Missouri Botanical Garden, Shaw Nature Reserve and the Butterfly House, the Meet Me Outdoors in St. Louis weekend festival invites people of all ages to embrace their role as citizen stewards—celebrating, connecting with and conserving our region’s great outdoors.

Children's Garden activities sponsored by

Try out outdoor activities including Canopy Climb, geocaching, and more.

Additional support provided by

Share your outdoor experiences over the weekend and all year long

on social media with #MeetMeOutdoorsSTL!

The Shaw Nature Reserve of the Missouri Botanical Garden is a 2,400-acre natural area located just south of Interstate-44 in Gray Summit. Its close proximity to St. Louis allows easy access for visitors of all ages to experience the natural beauty of our region and to learn about the history of this unique attraction.

307 Pinetum Loop Rd, Gray Summit, MO 63039 | (314) 577-9555






Missouri Botanical Garden

Visit more than one thousand live tropical butterflies fly freely in the glass conservatory at the Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House. Watch a butterfly emerge from a chrysalis right before your eyes. Go outside to spy local pollinators and migrating species in the Native Butterfly Garden.

15193 Olive Blvd. Chesterfield, MO 63017 | (314) 577-0888 




Events and activities at all three of our locations

The Garden offers 79 acres of beautiful horticultural display, including a 14-acre Japanese strolling garden, Henry Shaw's original 1850 estate home, and one of the world's largest collections of rare and endangered orchids.

4344 Shaw Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63110 | (314) 577-5100

Gray Summit, MO

St. Louis, MO

Chesterfield, MO

"To discover and share knowledge about plants and their environment in order to preserve and enrich life." 

 – Missouri Botanical Garden mission

Spend more of 2018 exploring and stewarding St. Louis’ great outdoors. 

Nearby Nature Map




to Love

Our greater St. Louis eco-region is like none other—home to forests, farms, parks, prairies, caves, bluffs, glades, wetlands, meadows, lakes, streams, and an iconic river confluence. The region boasts so many nature-rich sites, from urban oases to outer-rim reserves, just waiting to be explored, enjoyed, and loved. Download our map to see few of our favorites.

Explore Outdoor St. Louis

A nighttime multimedia experience | Opening June 29

The outdoor adventures continue all summer long!

Missouri Botanical Garden |  4344 Shaw Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63110 | (314) 577-5100