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Earth Month/Arbor Month Activities - April 2017 

This listing will be updated as news of additional activities is received.



April 1-30



Discovery Center Exploratory Lab Exhibit: Environmental Engineering –
Location: Discovery Center of Springfield, 438 St. Louis Street, Springfield MO 65806
Hours: Mondays closed
Tuesday – Thursday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday – Saturday: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Education Director Jackie Douglas, 862-9910

Fantastic Caverns’ Adventure Tour (10 a.m. and 12 p.m. DAILY)
Location – Underground Classroom at Fantastic Caverns

Adventure Tour 2017 is a 90 minute, hands on educational experience designed for Grades 1st-8th. This special program is available to student groups of 20-60 people. Students will work at a "fossil dig site", carefully uncovering and identifying different fossils.  They will answer questions about the animal’s history, survival and demise. The same questions apply to living cave creatures, so the second step is to follow the boardwalk trail into a non-toured part of the cave.  The students are equipped with lanterns to find their way to a “window” in the floor where they’ll have the opportunity to catch a glimpse of a cave fauna. The Adventure Tour includes the all-riding educational tour of Fantastic Caverns. Plus, it all take place in the cave's Underground Classroom where it's always a comfortable 60° regardless of the weather outside. "After school clothes" are encouraged.
Reservations are required and currently being accepted.
To reserve your space, call our reservations department at (417) 833-2010.


April 1 



Native Plant Sale and Workshops (9 a.m. – 2 p.m.)
Location – Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Stop by anytime to purchase native plants from a variety of plant vendors and pick up some nature-friendly information from our many exhibitors. There will be a series of guest speakers on topics related to native plants.
Call 417-888-4237 for a flier of the day’s activities.
No registration required.



April 2



Primitive Skills Series – Useful Plant Hike (1 p.m. – 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 required.
Call 417-888-4237 to register beginning March 15.


April 7 



Arbor Day Poster Contest Tree Dedication Ceremonies
Locations:
  • Field Elementary (10:30 a.m.) – Shumard Oak planting
  • Disney Elementary (12:30 p.m.) – American Hornbeam planting
  • Holland (2:00 p.m.) – Shumard Oak planting
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. 

For Women Only – Caving (1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
Location – Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Join us for a guided tour through one of Missouri’s many caves. Work gloves, bottled water, and knee and elbow pads are recommended. A headlamp and helmet will be provided. Dress appropriately for muddy conditions and bring a change of clothes. Please note, entrance to cave is narrow and requires belly crawling. Meet at the nature center and carpool. Women and girls ages 12-17 accompanied by an adult female.
Registration required.
Call 417-888-4237 to register beginning March 15.



April 8 



Discovery Center Members Only Event: Spring Weather (10 a.m. – 3 p.m.)
Discovery Center of Springfield, 438 St. Louis Street, Springfield MO 65806
FREE for DCS members, limited to 50 kids
Registration required.
Register by calling Education & Marketing Coordinator Jennifer Collins at 417-862-9910

Robberson Neighborhood Cleanup  (8 a.m.-noon.) 
Dumpsters will be located at Central Baptist Church, 2148 N. National.
Items accepted are trash, brush and metal. Curbside pickup is available, but fees may apply.

Woodland Heights Neighborhood Cleanup (8 a.m.-noon.) 
Dumpsters will be located at Reed Academy, 2000 N. Lyon.
Items accepted are trash, brush and metal. Curbside pickup is available, but fees may apply.

Earth Day Upcycling (2 p.m.)
Location – Library Station – 2535 N. Kansas Expressway (Springfield – Greene County Library District)
2 p.m. for grades K-6 in the Story Hour Room Celebrate Earth Day with recycled crafts! We'll "upcycle" items that might otherwise end up in the trash into crafts that help the earth. Stick around to watch Dr. Seuss' "The Lorax," rated PG. 
Contact: Phyllis Davis - phyllisd@thelibrary.org - call 865-1340
No registration required.

Take a Hike (8:15 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
Location – Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Explore the White River Valley Trail System at Table Rock State Park with Volunteer Naturalist Sandy Vaughn. Meet at the nature center and carpool. Bring a sack lunch and water and wear comfortable hiking shoes. Hike is five miles and rated moderate to difficult. Ages 18-adult.
Registration required.
Call 417-888-4237 to register beginning April 1.



April 11 



Little Acorns: Tots and Toads (10 a.m.-10:45 a.m., 11:15 a.m. – 12 p.m.,
1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.)

Location – Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Missouri toads are colorful, harmless, vocal, and valuable. We’ll have fun learning about these “toad”-ally cool creatures. Ages 3-6.
Registration required.
Call 417-888-4237 to register beginning April 1.



April 12 



Story Time with Ms. Ladybug (11 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.)
Location – Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Join Volunteer Naturalist Joyce Tolliver as she reads a nature story and shares activities with your 2-6 year olds. Please, no organized groups.
No registration required.

Spring Wildflower Hike (1 p.m. – 3 p.m.)
Location – Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Take a stroll on the trails for a close look at wildflowers. Ages 8-adult.
Registration required.
Call 417-888-4237 to register beginning April 1.

April 13 



Urban Sustainability Session: Growing Vegetables for Home Gardeners (6:15 p.m.-7:30 p.m.)
Location: The Fairbanks (1126 N Broadway)
Offered by MU Extension.



April 15 



For Adults Only – Caving (8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.)
Location – Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Join us for a guided tour through one of Missouri’s many caves. Work gloves, bottled water, and knee and elbow pads are recommended. A headlamp and helmet will be provided. Dress appropriately for muddy conditions and bring a change of clothes. Please note, entrance to cave is narrow and requires belly crawling. Meet at the nature center and carpool. Ages 18-adult.
Registration required.
Call 417-888-4237 to register beginning April 1.

Ozark Whittlers & Woodcarvers (1 p.m. – 4 p.m.)
Location – Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Stop by to see members of the Ozark Whittlers & Woodcarvers transform wood into treasures.
No registration required.


April 19 



Little Acorns: Egg-squisite Eggs (11 a.m. – 11:45 a.m., 1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.)
Location – Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Bring your little ones and learn egg-sactly how and why animals begin their lives in these wonderful little packages. Ages 3-6.
Registration required.
Call 417-888-4237 to register beginning April 1.



April 21 



City of Springfield Yardwaste Recycling Center Facility Dedication and Open House (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.)
Location – Yardwaste Recycling Center - 3772 County Road 119

Enjoy a dedication ceremony for the newly upgraded facilities at 10 a.m., guided facility tours and various recycling information booths from the Environmental Services Department and other recycling partners.
For more information, call 864-1904.

Arbor Day Poster Contest Tree Dedication Ceremonies
Locations:

  • Pershing Elementary (10:30 a.m.) – Red Fox Katsura planting
  • Hickory Hills Elementary (12:30 p.m.) – Shumard Oak planting
  • Fremont (2:00 p.m.) – Red Fox Katsura planting
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. 

High Tunnel Installation (Begins at 8 a.m.)
Location - The Fairbanks (1126 N Broadway)

Ecopalooza (2-8 p.m.)  - 

RESCHEDULED FOR FRIDAY, APRIL 28


Location – Missouri State University campus (North Mall)
This annual event features a solar-powered music concert and vendor fair with local artists, progressive students groups, sustainable businesses and a celebration of things we've learned about environmental sustainability.
Public is welcome to attend! No fees or registration required. 
For more information, contact: Students for a Sustainable Future (ssf.msu@gmail.com)


April 22 - EARTH DAY



Party for the Planet (10 a.m. - 2 p.m.)
Location - Dickerson Park Zoo

Celebrate Earth Day with hands-on conservation learning stations and zookeeper chats. 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. 

Cherry Blossom Kite & Piñata Festival (11 a.m.- 3 p.m)
Location - Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park, 2400 S. Scenic.

Bring a kite to fly or build one for $5. Whack a piñata and try Japanese and Mexican crafts! Festival is followed by a 3 p.m. concert at the new Peace Through People Pavilion.
Free, including admission to the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden.

Midtown Neighborhood Cleanup (8 a.m.- noon)
Location - Dumpsters will be located at the Cox North parking lot, 1471 N. Benton.

Items accepted are trash, brush, leaves and metal. Curbside pickup is available, but fees may apply.
For more information, contact Brian Shipman at 880-2855.
 
Weller Neighborhood Cleanup (8 a.m.- noon)
Location - Weller Community Church, 1624 E. Blaine.
Items accepted are trash, brush, metal. Curbside pickup is not available.

Parents as Teachers Story Time (12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 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 forty-five minutes in length. Ages 0-5. 
No registration required.

Better Business Bureau “Secure Your ID Day” Shredding and Electronic Waste Event (9 a.m. - 1 p.m., or until trucks are full)
Location: Great Southern Bank Operations Center – 218 S. Glenstone, Springfield MO

Gather up unwanted documents, and take advantage of this FREE shredding service. Drive up and drop off up to three (3) bags or boxes of documents to be securely shredded on-the-spot! Have more than three bags or boxes? No need to worry; you can go through the line as many times as you need! Please remove paperclips and binder clips, as these have the potential to jam the onsite shredders! Please also remove paper from three-ring binders ahead of time.
No registration required.

Computer Recycling Center Free Drive Thru Electronic Drop Off (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
Location – Computer Recycling Center – 528 N. Prince Lane Springfield, MO 65802

There will also be a FREE electronics recycling drive through Computer Recycling Center. Some acceptable items include laptops, PC/Mac/Apple computers, cell phones, and hard drives. More information on the Computer Recycling Center by visiting computerrecyclingcenter.com/recycled-products-list/
No registration required.

Annual Joe Kleiber Memorial Earth Day Cleanup at Lake Springfield (1 p.m. – 5 p.m.) - 

CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER


Location - Lake Springfield Park

James River Basin Partnership (JRBP) will be the annual Joe Kleiber Memorial Earth Day Cleanup will take place at Lake Springfield Park from 1-5 p.m. This is a FREE event offering both on-the-water and land based cleanup opportunities. Volunteers can bring their own boat or call ahead and reserve one for free. Canoes are available on a first come first serve basis. If paddling isn’t of interest, volunteers can grab a trash bag and walk the shorelines of Lake Springfield and the James River. Trash bags and gloves will be provided. Due to bridge construction there will not be a float from Crighton to Southwood Access.
Pre-registration is required.
To register, contact Brent Stock at (417) 836-4847 or BrentonStock@MissouriState.edu. For more information visit our website at www.JamesRiverBasin.com.

James River Basin Partnership Tree Planting Event (1 – 5 p.m.) -

CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER


Location – Little Finley Creek

Volunteers that would rather spend Earth Day outside of the city limits should consider lending a hand at a tree planting event that is focusing on improving the riparian corridor along a section of Little Finley Creek west of Seymour. The landowner is offering post-planting refreshments and a performance by “The Flood Brothers”.
Pre-registration is required.
To register, contact Brent Stock at (417) 836-4847 or mailto:BrentonStock@MissouriState.edu. For more information visit www.JamesRiverBasin.com.

March for Science (10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.)
Location - Jenny Lincoln Park on the corner of Harrison and South St. in downtown Springfield

The March for Science is an international movement, led by organizers distributed around the globe. On Saturday, April 22, or Earth Day, the home march takes place in Washington, D.C. and hundreds of satellite marches on six continents have been organized to occur simultaneously. This march is one of them. Rain or shine, we will congregate in Jenny Lincoln Park on the corner of Harrison and South St, in downtown Springfield. We will march 0.6 miles straight up to Park Central Square for a rally with a lineup of some important voices in our community. Confirmed speakers - Crystal Quade, District 132 Missouri House Representative - Brandon Bond, People's Climate Movement - Robert Powers, Professor Powers Science Symposium - More to come!
For more information, visit our national page https://www.marchforscience.com
No registration required.

Earth Day Fair (9 a.m. - 4 p.m.)
Location - Ozark Chinquapin Nature Center at Roaring River State Park


April 27



Conservation Kids – Animal Communication (6:30 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.)
Location – Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Animal communication is a hoot! Learn about some of the entertaining and interesting ways animals communicate to each other through sounds, smells, visual cues, and touch. Ages 7-12. Please no younger siblings and only one adult per group of kids.
Registration required.
Call 417-888-4237 to register beginning April 1.

April 28 



Arbor Day Poster Contest Tree Dedication Ceremonies
Locations:

  • Greenwood School (9:45 a.m.) – Cupressina Norway Spruce planting
  • St. Agnes Elementary (10:45 a.m.) – Japanese Snowbell planting
  • Sherwood Elementary (12:30 p.m.) – Weeping Willow planting
  • Mark Twain Elementary (2:00 p.m.) – American Hornbeam planting
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. 


Babes in the Woods (1 p.m. – 2 p.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 required.
Call 417-888-4237 to register beginning April 1.

Natural Communities Hike (1:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.)
Location – Springfield Conservation Nature Center

The nature center is home to diverse and interesting natural communities. Join us on a hike to take a closer look at the plants and animals that inhabit these ecosystems. Hike is approximately 3 miles long and rated easy to moderate in difficulty. Ages 12-adult.
Registration required.
Call 417-888-4237 to register beginning April 1.

Ecopalooza (2-8 p.m.) 
Location – Missouri State University campus (North Mall)
This annual event features a solar-powered music concert and vendor fair with local artists, progressive students groups, sustainable businesses and a celebration of things we've learned about environmental sustainability.
Public is welcome to attend! No fees or registration required. 
For more information, contact: Students for a Sustainable Future (ssf.msu@gmail.com)


April 29 



Master Gardener and Plant Society Plant Sale (8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.)
Location - Springfield Botanical Center
Presented by the Master Gardeners of Greene County and other garden societies. Sale includes annuals, perennials, vegetables, herbs, bulbs, grasses, vines, ground covers, shrubs and trees. Master Gardeners accept credit cards. Other societies accept cash or check only.
Free admission. Prices for plants vary.
For more information, call 891-1515.

Spring 2017 DEA Medication Take Back Day (10 a.m.-2 p.m.)
Locations Throughout Springfield:
· Alps Pharmacy 2650 W. Kearney St.
· George’s Pharmacy 3650 E. Sunshine
· Mercy-Smith Glynn Callaway 3231 S. National (1st Floor)
· Medicine Store 1302 E. Sunshine St.
· Walgreens 2681 W. Republic Rd.
· Lawrence Drug and Compounding Lab 1454 E. Republic Rd.
Visit any one of the 6 locations throughout the city to drop off your unused, expired medication for safe disposal.
Contact information: Rose Watson - City of Springfield Dept. of Environmental Services - 417-864-2002

Conservation TEENS – Fishing For River Monsters (10 a.m. – 3 p.m.)
Location – Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Come join the fun as we fish for river monsters! Carp fishing is loads of fun and catching them can be great sport. These fish can get very big and put up a huge battle. Lunch, drinks, and transportation will be provided. Ages 12-17.
Registration required.
Call 417-888-4237 to register beginning April 1.

Bradford Park Neighborhood Cleanup (8 a.m.-noon.) 
Dumpsters will be located at 1370 E. Walnut Lawn.
Items accepted are trash, brush, leaves and metal and TVs (fees may apply for TVs). Curbside pickup is available, but fees may apply.

Doling Neighborhood Cleanup (8 a.m.-noon.) 
Dumpsters will be located at Christ the King Church, 2537 N. Broadway.
Items accepted are trash, brush and metal. Curbside pickup is available, but fees may apply.

Babes in the Woods (10 a.m. – 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 required.
Call 417-888-4237 to register beginning April 1.

Little Acorns: Egg-squisite Eggs (11 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.)
Location – Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Bring your little ones and learn egg-sactly how and why animals begin their lives in these wonderful little packages. Ages 3-6.
Registration required.
Call 417-888-4237 to register beginning April 1.