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Learn to Grow in the Gardens


Meet a Master Gardener for a guided garden tour and talk about special topics. Springfield Botanical Gardens 891-1515

Age: All Ages
Date: Mon., Sept. 11 - Herbs
Mon., Oct. 9 - Garden Journaling
Time: 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Fee: $5, pay at the door

26th Annual 1860's Lifestyle Expo at Gray-Campbell Farmstead


Rediscover pioneer life at the oldest house in Springfield. Apple butter making, horseshoes, hearth cooking, fiber arts, crafts, wood carving, seed-spitting contests and more. Barn, house, kitchen and Liberty Schoolhouse open for tours. Old-time fiddle music jam, Saturday, 11 am. Children’s 1860’s costume contest Saturday,11:30 a.m., register by 11. Dedication of the new Founder’s Pavilion Saturday, 1 p.m. Brush arbor service Sunday, 11 a.m. Apple Pie Baking Contest Sunday, 3 p.m., register by 2:15, no crumb-top pies. Concessions available. Gray-Campbell Farmstead 891-1515

Age: All Ages
Date: Sept. 16-17
Time: Sat., 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Sun., 12-4:30 p.m.
Fee: Free

Monarch Tagging


Learn about Monarch Watch, a Monarch butterfly migration study conducted through the University of Kansas. Meet outside the Butterfly House for a demonstration, then help tag butterflies. Learn more at monarchwatch.org. Springfield Botanical Gardens 891-1515

Age: All Ages
Date: Sat., Sept. 30
Time: 2-4 p.m.
Fee: Free

The Dr. Bill Roston Native Butterfly House


Egg. Caterpillar. Chrysalis. Butterfly! Observe the complete lifecycle of the butterfly inside the screened butterfly house. Volunteer docents provide information on a variety of butterfly and garden topics. Fieldtrips and private tours available through the week. Springfield Botanical Gardens 891-1515

Age: All Ages
Date: Most days through Oct. 1 (call ahead)
Time: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Fee: Free, donations appreciated

Romance in the Garden Moonlight Masquerade


Dress in costume surrounded in the romantic setting of the Japanese Garden. Take a rare nighttime stroll the beautiful Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden, decorated with candles, lanterns and music playing. Floating wishing lanterns available for purchase. Pre-order picnic basket and tickets through friendsofthegarden.org Springfield Botanical Gardens 891-1515

Age: 17 yrs. and up
Date: Oct. 6
Time: 6-9 p.m.
Fee: $10/individual or $15/couple, extra fee for pre-ordered picnic baskets

Twilight Masquerade for Families


Come in costume or make a costume in the decorated Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden. Floating wishing lanterns available for purchase. Music from favorite movies and musicals will be playing. Springfield Botanical Gardens 891-1515

Age: All Ages
Date: Oct. 7
Time: Sat., 5-7 p.m.
Fee: $10/adult, $5/child, or $20/family up to 6 people

Road Map to Learning Adventures


An event especially for teachers. Familiarize yourself with resources in our community to assist in planning field education and hands-on learning. Learn what the City of Springfield, the Park Board, museums and other area attractions can offer for your classes. Springfield Botanical Gardens 891-1515

Age: 18 yrs. and up, especially for teachers
Date: Thurs., Oct. 19
Time: 4-6 p.m.
Fee: Free

Americana Music at the Springfield Botanical Gardens


Pack a Sunday picnic and bring a lawn chair to the Peace Through People Pavilion. Local musician Patrick Mureithi performs original and traditional acoustic Americana and blues. Donations support increased accessibility of the Kickapoo Edge Prairie. Springfield Botanical Gardens 891-1515

Age: All ages
Date: Sun., Oct. 22
Time: 3 p.m.
Fee: Free, $10 appreciated donation

Solar Tram Tours


Ride a solar tram on a 20-minute guided tour of the 112-acre Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park. Weekday fieldtrips and private tours available for a fee. Springfield Botanical Gardens 891-1515

Age: All Ages
Date: Sat. and Sun. through Oct. 30
Time: 1-5 p.m.
Fee: Free

Christmas at the Farmstead


Join volunteers at the Gray-Campbell Farmstead to celebrate an old-fashioned Christmas. Decorate the tree with hand-made vintage ornaments. Enjoy hot cocoa, cookies and carols. Gray-Campbell Farmstead 891-1515

Age: All ages
Date: Sat., Dec. 2
Time: 1-3 p.m.
Fee: Free

Wreaths and Centerpieces


Create your own wreath, or centerpiece with fresh greenery and dried natural ornaments from the garden. Classes limited to 12, registration required. Or book your own group for a private decorating party anytime through the holidays! Springfield Botanical Gardens 891-1515

Age: 12 yrs. and up
Date: Sat., Dec. 10
Time: 12-2 p.m.
Fee: $25/Greenery item

School's Out Christmas Gift and Decoration making


Learn what you can create from dried materials from the garden. Choose from dried flowers, leaves, cones and pods to make ornaments, table decorations, wall hangings and more! Paint, ribbon and accessories included. Springfield Botanical Gardens 891-1515

Age: All ages
Date: Fri., Dec. 22
Time: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Fee: $5/participant, includes all materials