Litzsinger Road Ecology Center

The Litzsinger Road Ecology Center (LREC) is an established, 34-acre nature reserve dedicated to children’s nature education in central St.Louis county. The site and its staff are dedicated to promoting science teaching, learning environmental literacy, and stewardship of the Earth. The Litzsinger Road Ecology Center (LREC) helps teachers engage their students in place-based education using local ecology as a framework for studying a variety of subjects.

Located in Ladue, this unique, 34-acre study center encompasses a rich variety of habitats including bottomland forest, restored prairie, and an urban creek.

LREC relies upon two groups of volunteers: Volunteer Educators and Horticulture Volunteers.


Share your time and talents to lead small groups of school children in ecological investigations and explorations of the natural world. Facilitate outdoor learning activities designed by teachers that support their curricular goals.

Weekly availability for 2–3 hours at a time on weekdays during the school year, with occasional opportunities during the summer.


Maintain and develop native ecosystems within LREC:

  • Remove invasive plants
  • Propagate and plant native species
  • Collect and clean seeds
  • Occasional work on special projects

Weekly availability on Tuesday or Friday mornings all year round.

Project leader

Susan Baron
Adult Programs Coordinator