So you know......!

St. Louis is an independent city and the second-largest city in the U.S. state of Missouri. The city has a 2010 population of 319,294 and is the principal municipality of Greater St. Louis, population 2,892,874, the largest urban area in Missouri, the 4th largest urban area in the Midwest, and 15th-largest in the United States. St. Louis lies at the heart of Greater St. Louis, metropolitan area of nearly three million people in Missouri and Illinois, the Illinois portion of which is commonly referred to as the Metro-East. Greater St. Louis is known as an academic and corporate center for the biomedical sciences, with St. Louis University and Washington University in St. Louis being the leading research institutions. In addition, St. Louis is home to some of the country's largest privately held corporations, including Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Graybar, Scottrade, Edward Jones, and also some of the largest public corporations and corporate divisions, including Emerson, Energizer, Anheuser-Busch, Inc., Boeing Defense, Space & Security, Purina, Express Scripts, Charter Communications, Monsanto Company, Wells Fargo Advisers, Citimortgage, and MasterCard. (From Wikipedia)

Getting to St. Louis

Several Airlines fly into St. Louis' Lambert International Airport - check out flights and times here (Our preference is Southwest, where bags fly free!)

Once at the Airport we have negotiated a deal for Airport Shuttle Service to the Hotels and the Dorms at Washington University.....Check here!

The city is very drivable and within hours of several major metropolitan areas and easily accessible by interstate 70 and 55. See Map!

Amtrak offers daily trains to and from St. Louis check the schedule at for more information - Come in from Chicago for as little as $32.00 (one way!).

Check the Greyhound Bus Schedule to travel by Bus...another low cost option!

Getting to the Chase

Direction to use MetroLink from the Airport
The Metrolink has one line that runs from the airport directly to The Central West End (Red Line). Basic directions:

  • In the airport, follow signs to the Metrolink (a large blue “M”)

  • Board the train headed into St. Louis City (this is the only possible direction from the airport)

  • Exit train at the Central West End stop

  • At The Exit, follow signs to Euclid Avenue / Central West End – Forest Park Parkway to Euclid Avenue

  • Right (north) on Euclid Avenue

  • Walk for approximately 3 blocks

  • Left (west) on Lindell Boulevard

  • Hotel is ½ block up on the right, on the corner of Lindell and Kingshighway Ave

Getting from the Washington University Dorms to the Chase

By Metro: take the Blue Line from either the Big Bend/University City station or the Skinker station (it is about the same distance walking to either from the residence hall) to the Central West End station. 
The housing is on the South Side of campus and there are two stations one stop apart on the north side of campus.  The walk from the residence hall to the metro link is about a 15 minute walk.  The walk from the Central West End station to the Chase Park Plaza is about 4 blocks.  You will be provided a Metro Map when you check into the dorms.

Driving Directions to the Dorms

Once you are there...

The conference is being held at the Chase Park Plaza, located in the vibrant Central West End of St. Louis - close to a fabulous line up of restaurants and pubs for after science socializing. In addition, it is directly across from Forest Park, home to the St. Louis Zoo (free admission!) and the St. Louis Science Center as well as acres and acres to explore. St. Louis is the perfect place to plan your vacation around the BOTANY 2011 conference with plenty of things for all ages to do!

One of the major jewels of St. Louis is the Missouri Botanical Garden and no trip to the city would be complete with out a visit - so for all attendees of the conference we have arranged for FREE admission to the Garden with your conference

Need to Share Expenses?

Take advantage of our Roommate Matching Service... Click Here

Botany 2011 will maintain a list of registrants who have submitted their names and indicated an interest in sharing a room during the conference. Botany 2011 is not responsible for assigning roommates. To be included on the list, please submit your name, e-mail address and pertinent information on the Room Sharing Service link.

Please Note: Only one roommate should make the reservations, and it is recommended that you make your reservations early. Botany 2011 will assume NO responsibility for any difficulties arising from a shared room and recommends that all potential roommates be screened carefully. Registrants are responsible for contacting individuals on the password-protected list and for making their own arrangements.

Participating Societies
American Fern Society
Society for Economic Botany
American Society of Plant Taxonomists
Botanical Society of America