City of Springfield Environment News Releases

Posted on: April 3, 2015

Earth Month 2015 full of activities and educational opportunities



What began as a one-day celebration of the natural environment more than 40 years ago has expanded to include all of April. The first Earth Day, held on April 22, 1970, is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement. The passage of the landmark Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act and many other groundbreaking environmental programs – all designed to protect the natural environment where we live, work and play – soon followed.

Springfield's observance of the 45th Earth Day is a month-long offering of activities and educational opportunities.

Planned activities include a native plant workshop and sale at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., a tree-planting relay on Arbor Day April 10, a shoreline clean-up at Lake Springfield, Party for the Planet at the Dickerson Park Zoo on April 18 and many other opportunities for fun and learning.

A complete schedule of events is available at

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For more information, please contact: Barbara Lucks, Sustainability Officer, Department of Environmental Services, 417-864-2005 or

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