Monday, August 7, 2017

Science at Sunset

A friend said I should do a "What is Lilly Doing Today?" blog, and it reminded me when I closed Craves, Caves, & Graves, one of the things I wanted to do with a new blog was to keep that focus on learning and discovering new things to do around town. Since before Lilly was born, I've always had the idea of homeschooling/unschooling/road schooling in mind, and now that she's a toddler it's a constant buzz in my head. We still have some time before making a final decision, but I'm always looking for educational opportunities outside of the house. We have memberships to Missouri Botanical Garden, St Louis Science Center, St Louis Zoo, and the parking pass for Grants Farm, and when it's not ungodly hot (I wilt) we try to take advantage of the family nights/member nights during the summer.

Last week we went to Science at Sunset at the St Louis Science Center! The Science Center is open until 8pm on Thursdays during the summer, and you have time to catch ONE MORE on August 10! There are food specials and live music outside in the Grow pavilion, and all kinds of fun activities, and a special price for the King Tut exhibit. This week you can learn beekeeping basics!

On our visit we learned about milk and cow burps, aka "why I have started making almond milk at home." Methane from dairy farms is a huge contributor to greenhouse gas (not sure they mention this since it's sponsored by Prairie Farms). We do still buy cows milk for Lilly but cutting out my daily chai latte with whole cows milk cut our consumption by 1/3! 

Did you know that 30% of landfill trash in the City of St Louis is yard waste and food waste? We recently started composting (and got a Great Pyrenees/Border Collie pup who loves fruit & veggie scraps) and the reduction in our trash has been huge. It DOES matter which dumpster you use!

We have been talking about redoing our landscaping to get rid of grass and plant more native/useful plants, so I was very interested in this native prairie strip. We also talked about visiting Epcot Flower and Garden Festival next year for more landscaping inspiration, because they always do amazing things with edible plants.

Another thing that reminded us of Epcot is the greenhouse aquaponics area, just like Living with the Land! Aquaponics is a system of aquaculture in which the waste produced by farmed fish or other aquatic animals supplies nutrients for plants grown hydroponically, which in turn purify the water.

Don't forget to stop by the fermentation station for beer & wine, plus fermented foods! The pretzels are the best! There is much, much more to see in the Grow pavilion, and it's always accessible whenever the Science Center is open.


  1. Have you considered buffalo grass? I noticed it at MOBOT in the home grow section. It's native to the area, and really needs to be mowed maybe once a year (or maybe you could borrow a goat from someone)!

    1. We are planning to go to Member Tuesday tomorrow so I will check that out!

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