Exhibits and Activities for All Ages: From Beekeeping to Yoga
The 14th annual Green Homes Festival returns to St. Louis on Saturday, June 20, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For the first time, the event will be held at the Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House in Faust Park. The festival showcases affordable, practical options for sustainable living combined with positive ways to maintain the health of people and the planet. The Butterfly House location will highlight the connections between plant-based green-living ideas and solutions to energy, water and waste issues. This family-friendly event is hosted by the EarthWays Center of the Missouri Botanical Garden. Festival admission is free.
Presented by Ameren Missouri and sponsored by many local partners, this year’s festival features more than 70 exhibits and demonstrations by the region’s leading sustainability focused businesses and organizations. Attendees can talk one-on-one with a wide range of experts about their specific interests and project ideas, and learn more about home improvement and healthy homes.
Home exhibits will feature:
- Solar, wind, geothermal and other renewable energy systems
- Energy efficient lighting and appliances
- Cool roof retro-fits; efficient windows, insulation and weatherization
- Heating and cooling systems
- Green home building materials and methods
- Home energy auditing
- Non-toxic home cleaning and decorating products
- Reduction of waste by recycling, composting and creatively “UpCycling”
The NatureScaping area will feature plant-based ideas and resources to grow a livelier, healthier environment in your own backyard using native plants. Exhibitors will feature water-saving RainScaping options, backyard biodiversity resources, hobby beekeeping, and more.
Children and families can have fun building a sun-powered miniature roadster to compete in the popular solar car races. Sample treats cooked in solar ovens, and snap photos with costumed recycling characters. Join in recycled arts activities led by local arts groups, and enjoy sustainability-themed hands-on activities and face painting.
Discover new ways to “Get Around Green” with bicycle transportation, safety and maintenance tips; public transit resources; and alternative vehicle and fuel options. Join a free all levels yoga class provided by Yoga Buzz from 9-10 a.m.; yoga mats suggested, but not required.
A roster of interactive “Presentations to the People” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. will cover useful topics such as keeping backyard chickens and bees; solar electricity and solar shingles; home energy efficiency and sustainability of natural gas; green building and remodeling tips; good bugs for gardens; native plant RainScaping, and composting with worms.
Shop the “HOME Made – HOME Grown” green marketplace, featuring home décor and gifts made by area crafters and edibles grown by local farmers.
Enjoy live local music as you stroll the “Eat Well Local” food court, featuring tasty treats and local brews. Bring your reusable bottle and get free water refills. Recycling and composting will reduce the festival’s “waste-line.”
A $4 Fun Pass will be available for entry to the Butterfly House’s Tropical Conservatory and the St. Louis Carousel. Interpreters will be on hand to share stories of the Faust Historic Village.
For festival details, visit MOBOT.org/GreenHomesFest, or call 314.577.5100 (toll free 1.800.642.8842).