May 23, 2009

News Release

For Immediate Release

FREE Green Fest May 30

The Springfield-Greene County Park Board and the Greater Ozarks Audubon Society will host “Green Fest” from 1 – 4 p.m., Saturday, May 30, along the South Creek Greenway trail alongside Sunset Street, between Jefferson and National Avenues.

The free event offers participants the chance to become “greener” at home and in the community. A number of organizations will offer information and demonstrations on ways to reduce carbon emissions, present innovative ideas for recycling, and show homeowners how to make their yards less labor-intensive and more wildlife-friendly. Additional activities include:

Day-long kids activities, including face painting and temporary tattoos will be available. Attendees can register-to-win free prizes like bird houses, native plants, a rain barrel, energy saving package from City Utilities and a $400 installed native plant garden. Concessions are also available for sale.

Parking is available just east of the corner of Jefferson Avenue and Sunset Street, near the electrical substation on South Creek Greenway. The event is rain or shine.

Participants can also use the South Creek Greenway that day to travel to another event happening along its route at the Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park, 2400 S. Scenic Ave. This year’s Master Gardeners “Young Sprouts in the Garden” will take place from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Saturday, May 30. The event offers interactive exhibits and booths offering kids and families ways to learn about or participate in activities such as planting a seed, botany rubbings, insects, conservation, weather, trees, recycling, vegetable gardening and more. While supplies last, children will receive an Ozarks Harvesting Hope gardening apron and reusable bag when they visit the exhibits.

Green Fest is a TogetherGreen activity, sponsored by the National Audubon Society with funding from Toyota. The Greater Ozarks Audubon Society received a $7,000 grant to run six TogetherGreen events, with Green Fest being the last of those. For more information on the event or the Greater Ozarks Audubon, visit www.greaterozarksaudubon.org.

For more information, media contact: Sue Schuble, Greater Ozarks Audubon, (417) 887-1678; or for Young Sprouts information, David Burton, MU Extension, (417) 862-9284 ext. 22.