Earth Month/Arbor Month Activities
April 2016 

Please send information about your Earth Month activities to Barbara Lucks at blucks@springfieldmo.govThis listing will be updated as news of additional activities is received.


April 1



Missouri Arbor Day
Locations:
  • Boyd Elementary (10:30 a.m.) – Flowering Dogwood Planting
  • Field Elementary (1 p.m.) – Willow
  • Cowden (2:30 p.m.) – Tulip Tree
Missouri celebrates three different planting events on this date. Arbor Day is an annual observance that celebrates trees in our lives and promotes tree planting and care. 

April 2

16th Annual Table Rock Lake Shore Clean-Up (all day)
For more information contact Ronna Haxby at 417-739-4100 or visit http://www.ozarkswaterwatch.org/activities/table-rock-lake-shoreline-cleanup/

Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield Clean-Up (9 a.m.)
Wilson's Creek National Battlefield will hold its 16th annual "Park Day" clean-up in partnership with the Civil War Preservation Trust. This event is in conjunction with celebrating the National Park Service’s 100th birthday. Volunteers should meet at the Visitor Center at 8:30 to register. Work will begin at 9 and continue until about 2:00PM, depending on the project. Persons wishing to volunteer for Park Day should call Billie Aschwege at 417-732-2662, extension 389 to pre-register. For additional information visit http://www.nps.gov/wicr. Register at 8:30 a.m. on April 2, 2016
 
Tom Watkins Neighborhood Clean-Up (8 a.m.- noon) (Limited Area)
Location: Williams Elementary, 2205 W. Kearney
Items Accepted: trash, brush, metal
Contact: Marti Mowery 417-864-7239

Native Plant Workshop and Plant Sale in Springfield (9 a.m.-2 p.m.)
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Plants that are naturally adapted to their surroundings tend to be less dependent on pesticides and watering hoses and they provide better habitat for butterflies, songbirds and other local wildlife. The event is free and open to all ages. No registration is required. For more information about the event, call the Springfield Conservation Nature Center, 417-888-4237. 

Conservation TEENS: Fishing At Bois D’Arc (10 a.m.-3 p.m.)
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Springtime in the Ozarks means fishing! Come and have a great time chasing lunkers. Fishing will be catch-and-release and participants 16 years of age and older must have a child fishing permit. Meet at the Bois D’Arc pond and dress for weather. Lunch will be provided. Ages 12-17. Registration begins March 15. Call 417-888-4237. Reserve by April 2.

Cherry Blossom Kite and Piñata Festival (11 a.m.-3 p.m.)
Location: Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center, Great Lawn and Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden
Celebrate spring and the re-opening of the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden for the season. Enjoy free admission to the Japanese Garden; make a kite; take swing at a piñata; make and take crafts for free. Kite kits are $5 (you are welcome to bring your own kite). This is sponsored by Springfield Sister Cities Association. For more information on this event contact Cindy Jobe at 864-1341 or http://peacethroughpeople.org/.


April 3



Primitive Skills Series- Useful Plant Hike (1-3 p.m.)
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Plants have always been important to humans for food, medicine, and other purposes. Volunteer Specialist Don Brink will explore the folklore and modern uses of several Missouri plants during this indoor and outdoor program. Ages 15-adult. Registration begins March 15. Call 417-888-4237. Reserve by April 3.

April 4



Potting Shed University: Trees for Small Gardens (6:30 p.m.)
Location: Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center
Small trees offer so much for the home landscape in the Ozark’s – beauty in a small package, focal points that are approachable, and a wonderful backdrop for other landscape features.  Many produce edible fruits, and the interesting twigs, barks, leaves, and blossoms add to their appeal. The presentation will discuss choosing the best small tree for the southwest Missouri garden, planting in the proper location and caring for the tree. This event is sponsored by Master Gardeners of Greene County. For more information, contact Katie Steinhoff at 417-891-1515 ext 3 or http://mggreene.org/.

April 7



Retracting Schoolcraft’s Routes (7-8:30 p.m.)

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Join Springfield resident and re-enactor Bob Kipfer as he embodies Missouri Territory explorer Henery Rowe Schoolcraft. Kipfer discusses what Schoolcraft saw when he walked though southern Missouri almost 200 years ago. Also, at the event, hear from an area biologist how the Springfield area landscape has changed in the past 200 years and about efforts to protect and restore species through a range of techniques including prescribed burning. This program is co-sponsored by KBIA in partnership with the Missouri Humanities Council and with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Each attendee will receive a free copy of a new map detailing Schoolcraft’s route though Missouri and Arkansas. Ages 12-adult. Registration begins March 15. Call 417-888-4237. Reserve by April 7.

Soil Health Survey Training (4-7 p.m.)
Location: Glendale High School, 2727 S. Ingram Mill Road, Springfield
Volunteer citizens, teachers, high school students, land owners, and youth groups are invited to learn about soil science, how to monitor soil health by measuring soil physical, chemical, and biological indicators, and how to collect data. This is free event. If you decide to join the soil surveys project, you will receive a manual and a soil kit free of charge. For more information contact MODirt@danforthcenter.org or 314-587-1412. 

April 8



Springfield Arbor Day (12:30 p.m.)
Location: Hickory Hills Elementary
This will be a ceremonial tulip tree planting event. 

April 11



Potting Shed University: Straw Bale Gardening (6:30 p.m.)
Location: Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center
Did you know you could grow many vegetables directly in a bale of straw? It has the convenience of a raised bed and the versatility of something that could be located somewhere different every year or left in the same place without concerns about needing to rotate crops. And you should see the roots that can develop! There is a $5 fee. This event is sponsored by Master Gardeners of Greene County. For more information contact Katie Steinhoff at 891-1515 ext 3 or http://mggreene.org/.

April 12



Little Acorns: Spring Peepers (11-11:45 a.m. and 1:30-2:15 p.m.)

Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
It’s time for some frog-frolicking fun exploring the life cycle and world of the tiny little peepers. Ages 3-5. Registration beings April 1. Call 417-888-4237. Little Acorns programs are limited one per month. Reservations begin April 1.

Guided Walking Program around the Gardens (Tuesdays beginning April 12 (10 a.m.)
Location: Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center
This is an integral walking program starting with 20 minutes, building to walking for 45 minutes at easy and brisk paces. This also includes information about the plants and gardens and access to the Japanese Garden. Classes are $10/8-week class which includes refillable water bottle. For more information contact Katie Steinhoff at Katie Steinhoff 891-1515 ext 3 or
http://mggreene.org/.

April 13



Story Time with Ms. Ladybug (11-11:30 a.m.)
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Join Volunteer Naturalist Joyce Tolliver at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center as she reads a nature story and shares activities with your 2-6 year olds. Please, no organized groups. 

Spring Wildflower Hike (1-2:30 p.m.)
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Take a stroll on the trails for a close look at spring wild flowers. Ages 8-adult. Registration begins April 1. Call 417-888-4237. Reservations begin April 1.

Little Acorns: Turtlemania (11-11:45 a.m.)
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Turtles come in many shapes and sizes. Learn the names of common turtles and discover where and how they live. Ages 3-6. Registration beings April 1. Call 417-888-4237. Little Acorns programs are limited one per month. Reservations begin April 1.

April 14



Little Acorns: Turtlemania (11-11:45 a.m. and 1:30-2:15 p.m.)
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Turtles come in many shapes and sizes. Learn the names of common turtles and discover where and how they live. Ages 3-6. Registration beings April 1. Call 417-888-4237 Little Acorns programs are limited one per month. Reservations begin April 1.

April 15



Babes in the Woods (10-11 a.m.)
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Bring your children ages 0-2 for a guided walk with Volunteer Naturalist Dana Tideman. Bring a stroller and join the fun. Ages 0-2. Registration begins April 1. Call 417-888-4237. Reservations begin April 1.

City Utilities and Missouri State University Tree Line and Tree Campus Awards (10:30 a.m. immediately following poster award ceremony)
Location: Greenwood Campus
This award is a cooperative effort of the Arbor Day Foundation and the National Association of State Foresters. It recognizes public and private utilities companies that demonstrate practices that protect and enhance the country’s urban forests. To qualify for this award, utility companies must follow industry standards for pruning, planting, removals, trenching and tunneling near trees.

April 16



Midtown Neighborhood Clean-Up (8 a.m.-noon) (Limited Area)
Location: Cox North Parking Lot, 1471 N. Benton
Items Accepted: trash, brush, metal, leaves.
Contact: Brain Shipman 417-880-2855.

Woodland Heights Neighborhood Clean-Up (8 a.m.-noon) (Limited Area)
Location: Reed Academy, 2000 N. Lyon
Items Accepted: trash, brush, metal
Contact: Becky Volz 417-8804210

Babes in the Woods (10-11 a.m.)
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Bring your children ages 0-2 for a guided walk with Volunteer Naturalist Dana Tideman. Bring a stroller and join the fun. Ages 0-2. Registration begins April 1. Call 417-888-4237. Reservations begin April 1.

Take a Hike (8:15 a.m.-5 p.m.)
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Explore Hercules Glades Wilderness with Volunteer Naturalist Mike Mihalik. Meet at the nature center and carpool. Bring a sack lunch and water and wear comfortable hiking shoes. Hike is approximately five miles and rated moderate in difficulty. Ages 18-adult. Registration begins April 1. Call 417-888-4237.

Party for the Planet (10 a.m.-2 p.m.)
Location: Dickerson Park Zoo
This event will have learning stations with earth-friendly activities and the annual Enrichment Eggstravaganza demonstration with papier-mache eggs and other egg-themed treats for the animals. Zoo admission is $12/adults and teens, $8/children ages 3-12 and seniors 60 and older. Children age 2 and under and Friends of the Zoo Members admitted FREE! For more information please call 417-864-1800 or visit dickersonparkzoo.org

Little Acorns: Turtlemania (11-11:45 a.m.)
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Turtles come in many shapes and sizes. Learn the names of common turtles and discover where and how they live. Ages 3-6. Registration beings April 1. Call 417-888-4237 Little Acorns programs are limited one per month. 

Ozark Whittlers & Woodcrafters (1-4 p.m.)
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Stop by to see members of the Ozark Whittlers & Woodcarvers transform wood into treasurers. No registration required.

April 18



Potting Shed University: Twilight Gardens (6:30 p.m.)
Location: Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center
Plan your outdoor living spaces to stimulate your senses after the sun sets. This program discusses design elements and plant selections with the heat sensitive, working class, perpetual student and party host in mind.  $5 per person. This event is sponsored by the Master Gardeners of Greene County. For more information contact Katie Steinhoff at Katie Steinhoff 891-1515 ext 3 or http://mggreene.org/.

April 20



Make Trash into Treasure (3:30-4:30 p.m.)

Location: Midtown Carnegie Branch Library
In Honor of Earth Day, 6th - 12th graders are welcome to come flex your creative muscles by making crafts using all recycled materials. Materials will be provided. This is free of charge. For more information, please visit thelibrary.org/programs

April 22



Dedication of City's new Clean Water Services Operations Building (10 a.m.-noon)
Celebrate Earth Day with the dedication of the new City of Springfield Environmental Services Clean Water Services Operations Building 10 a.m.-noon, Friday, April 22 at 755 N. Franklin Avenue.  Join us for a ribbon-cutting ceremony followed by refreshments, facility tours and demonstrations. 

Earth Day in the Garden Volunteer Work Day (9 a.m.)
Location: Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center
Familiarize yourself with the gardens and the opportunities to serve at the Springfield Botanical Gardens at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park. Register as an individual or as a team.
This event is free. Volunteers should register by contacting Katie Steinhoff at 891-1515 ext 3or http://mggreene.org/.

Drury University Tree Campus Awards (11 a.m.)
Location: Drury University Ballroom (FSC)
Join the celebration of our urban forest – program includes the Tree Campus,  USA, Announcement, Updated DU Campus Tree Map, presentation of the Good Steward Award and a Tree Walking Tour follows the Program.

Earth Day at the Discovery Center (10-11:30 a.m. and 2-3:30 p.m.)
Location: Discovery Center of Springfield 438 E. St. Louis St.
Come make it rain at the Discovery Center! Learn about the wonderful water cycle with hands-on activities and stories. Fees and charges are included with general admission. For more information, please contact Ashlee Ifland at 417-862-9910 or aifland@discoverycenter.org.

Upcycling Art (3-4 p.m.)
Location: Brentwood Branch Library
Calling all 6th-8th graders! Come kind to the Earth and create an original piece of art using newspapers and other recyclables that you’ll be proud of to display in your room. Canvases and other materials will be provided. This is free of charge. For more information please visit thelibrary.org/programsRegistration starts April 12.

Ozark Greenway 25-Year Earth Day Celebration (5 p.m.)
Location: Creek Side Grill Galloway Greenways/Trail
Ozark Greenways 25-Year Earth Day celebration and music. Celebrate your Earth Day activity with Ozark Greenways Creek Side Grill on the Galloway Greenway. Socialize and share your Earth Day tails with others. Music by the Blue Plate Special starting at 6:00PM. Fun prizes and incentives. 

Mercy Earth Day Fair (7 a.m.-5 p.m.) Rain date: April 27
Location: Mercy Hospital
This event will focus on growing local, healthy food. There will be vendors there presenting Information on community gardening, heirloom seeds vs. GMO, organic gardening, outdoor gardening, natural pest repellents, food preservation methods, and other sustainability Information and activities. 

Parents as Teachers Story Time (12:30 p.m.-1:15 p.m., 1:30-2:15 p.m. and 2:30-3:15 p.m.)
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Parent Educators from Parents as Teachers will offer a Nature at Its Best story time. Enjoy stories, activities, and finger plays designed for children from birth to age five. Each session is 45 minutes in length. Ages 0-5. 

Annual Joe Kleiber Memorial Earth Day Clean-Up (1-5 p.m.)
Location: Lake Springfield
The James River Basin Partnership will be hosting their annual Joe Kleiber Memorial Earth Day Clean-Up as a free event open to anyone who would like to get outside and make a difference in our local waterways this Earth Day. The clean-up will have shoreline, lake, and river clean-up opportunities. Please contact Brent Stock at 417-836-4847 or BrentonStock@MissouriState.eduPre-registration is required. 

Hike for Homeschoolers (1-3 p.m.)
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Join us for a naturalist-guided hike to learn about plants and animals. Wear comfortable hiking shoes and feel free to bring journals, cameras, and binoculars. Ages 5-adult. Registration begins April 1. Call 417-888-4237.

Westport Health, Safety, and Summer Event (4:30-7 p.m.)
Location: Westport Park
This free family event is sponsored by Community Partnership of the Ozarks, Century Real Estate Services, and Springfield Greene County Parks. There will be information and activities on health, safety, and summer activities. No fees or charges. For more information contact Patricia Deck at 417-888-2020 or pdeck@commpartnership.org

April 22-23



Urban Roots Farm Annual Plant Sale (9 a.m.-7 p.m.)
Location: Urban Roots Farm. Celebrate Earth Day by planting you garden! This is two-day only plant sale. This year we have planned extra seedlings for your garden. Swing by the farm and check out our favorite varieties that have done well for our farm year after year. For further information: http://www.facebook.com/events/1173283306029891.

April 23



Weller Neighborhood Clean-Up (8 a.m.-noon) (Limited Area)

Location: Weller Community Church 1624 E. Blaine.
Items Accepted: trash, brush, metal.
Contact: Mark Maynard 918-231-4960.

For Women Only: Hiking at Henning Conservation Area (8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.)
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Join us for a day of exploration at the Henning Conservation Area in Branson. We’ll walk the Homesteaders Trail and also check out what’s blooming on the glade. Hike is approximately 4.5 miles and is rated moderate to difficult. Bring a sack lunch and water and wear comfortable hiking shoes. Meet at the nature center and carpool. Girls ages 14-17 are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult female. Registration begins April 1. Call 417-888-4237. 

Discover Nature- Shotgun Shooting Basics (8:30-11:30 a.m.)
Location: Andy Dalton Shooting Range and Outdoor Education
Join us to discover the joys of shotgun shooting. We will discuss shotgun nomenclature, stance, dominant eye, mounting and moving the shotgun and much more. You may use our shotguns or plan to use your own and please make sure your shotgun is completely unloaded before you arrive at the range. To register please call 417-742-4361 or email daltonrange@mdc.mo.gov. Reserve by April 23.

Little Acorns: Spring Peepers (11-11:45 a.m.)
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
It's time for some frog-frolicking fun exploring the life cycle and world of the tiny peepers. Ages 3-6. Registration begins April 1. Call 417-888-4237. Little Acorns programs are limited to one per month. 

Better Business Bureau “Secure Your ID” Shredding and Electronic Waste Event (9 a.m.-1 p.m.)
Location: Great Southern Bank Operations Center, 218 S. Glenstone
Did you know that protecting your identity is largely in your own hands? Fifty-six percent of identity theft victims traced the theft to something that was stolen from their own possession. BBB is here to help with Secure Your ID Day. For more information, visit https://www.bbb.org/southwestern-missouri/news-events/events/2013/06/secure-your-id-day/#sthash.Ir160o7A.dpuf.

April 28



Conservation Kids: Celebrate Earth Day (6:30-7:45 p.m.)
Location: Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Learn about making good environmental choices, recycling, and what kids can do to make our earth a little more "green." Enjoy a fun, interactive evening as you compete in a "green" shopping spree with the City of Springfield Environmental Services staff. Ages 7-12. Please, no younger siblings and only one adult per group of kids. Registration begins April 1. Call 417-888-4237.

April 29



Choose Environmental Excellence Awards Luncheon

Location: White River Conference Room at Bass Pro
Join area organizations and agencies in celebrating accomplishments of volunteers, organizations and professionals dedicated to choosing environmental excellence. Reservations required: blucks@springfieldmo.gov  or 417-864-2005.

Brentwood Garden Club Heirloom Apple Tree Planting (1 p.m.)

Location: Gray/Campbell Farmstead at Nathanael Greene Park

April 30



Bradford Park Neighborhood Clean-Up (8 a.m.-noon)  (Limited Area)

Location: End of Walnut Lawn, 1370 E. Walnut Lawn.
Items Accepted: trash, brush, metal, leaves, Tires, TVs.
Contact: Dellene Nelson 417-882-2801.

Drug Take Back Event (10 a.m.-2 p.m.)
Several locations will be announced.
Prescription medication take-backs offer a safe way for community members to dispose of unused or expired prescription and over-the-counter medication which are a public safety concern due to abuse or ending up in our water. Pharmacists and law enforcement will be at each site to answer any medication disposal questions. 

Fassnight Park Community Wide Play Day/Explore the Outdoors (10 a.m.-2 p.m.)
Location: Fassnight Park        

Master Gardener and More Plant Sale (7:30 a.m.)
Location: Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center
Find tried and true plants that have been dug and divided from master gardeners’ home gardens and our public gardens and annuals and vegetables grown from seed. Supports the Master Gardener program and our gardens! Prices vary per plant. This event is sponsored by the Master Gardeners of Greene County. For more information contact Katie Steinhoff at Katie Steinhoff 891-1515 ext 3 or http://mggreene.org/.