January 06, 2011

News Release

For Immediate Release

FREE: New Monthly Nature Education Programs

The Springfield-Greene County Park Board will offer a new series of free monthly programming called "GO: Gettin' Out" to introduce the general public to activities and places to enjoy nature in the Ozarks and beyond, as well as learn about the Children in Nature movement and Family Nature Clubs.

Held each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center, 2400 S. Scenic Ave., the 60-90 minute presentations and discussions are open to any age. Attendees must RSVP by the Friday prior to each date, by calling 417-864-1049 (register for Jan. 12 date through next week). Each class is taught by instructor Sue Schuble, who weaves her own years of experience with travel and outdoor education into each discussion.

The following is a list of 2011 classes, all held on Wednesdays and subject to change:

January 12—Spotting Wildlife
Learn techniques to make spotting wildlife easier and discover places to find different species.
February 16—Backpacking Trails
Discuss locations of established trails for overnight trips, such as the Ozark and Buffalo River Trails, as well as other trails throughout the U.S.
March 23—Missouri State Parks
View slides of several of our nearby State Parks and learn what activities are available at each.
April 6—Floating
Discover the world of canoeing, kayaking and rafting on lakes and rivers.
May 11—Wildflowers
Learn about the prairies of Missouri and enjoy the beauty of Missouri's natural flowers by walking through the gardens at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Parks.
June 8—Birds
Discuss backyard Missouri birds, birding hotspots and migration, as well as walking through the gardens at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Parks looking for birds.
July 13—Butterflies
Enhance your knowledge about some of our most beloved insects and take a stroll through the Butterfly Garden at Close Memorial Park.
August 10—Gardens and Flowers
Discover our many gardens surrounding the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center and learn about other gardens throughout the state, nation and world.
September 7—Biking Trails
Learn where to find safe biking routes for day trips or overnight trips and how to enjoy our Ozark Greenways, Katy Trail, rails-to-trails and mountain biking trails.
October 5—Hiking Trails
Learn what to take and what to look for when hiking our county, state and national trails.
November 2—Caves
Develop a sense of wonder for our Missouri caves and critters and learn about other caves to explore in the U.S.
December 7—Waterfalls and Springs
Discover these hidden gems of the Ozarks and view slides of other spectacular features nationally and worldwide.

For more information, contact: Bob Nelson, Public Information Administrator, 417-874-2176.