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  1. Garden Story Time 


    Join us inside the Botanical Center Workshop for a garden season-themed story followed by a fun environmental-based activity. Attend in person or watch later on Facebook!


    AGE
    Preschoolers and family 
    DATE
    Thurs., Feb. 18, March 18, April 15
    TIME
    10 a.m. 
    LOCATION
    Springfield Botanical Center
    FEE
    Free

     

  2. Homeschool Horticulture Series


    Join staff for lessons connected to working in and enjoying the outdoors!
    • Feb. 11: Winter Hike Preparedness, age 10 yrs. and up, includes notebook, pen and mini first aid
    • March 11: All About MO Wildlife, age 5 yrs. and up, includes notebook, pen and wildlife ID worksheet
    • April 7: Gardening 101, age 8 yrs. and up, includes soil, seeds and planter


    AGE
    Varies
    DATE
    Feb. 11, March 11, April 7
    TIME
    2-3 p.m.
    LOCATION
    Springfield Botanical Center
    FEE
    $5/Student

     

  3. Volunteer Orientation


    Green thumbs not required! If you have a heart for your park and want to share it with others, learn more about our opportunities! Registration required.
    • Sat., March 6, 10 a.m.: Gray/Campbell Farmstead Annual Meeting
    • Fri., April 9, 10 a.m.: Garden Volunteer Fair Social Mixer
    • Wed., April 14, 5:30 p.m.: Butterfly House Docent Training
    • Sat., April 17, 9 a.m.: Butterfly House Docent Training


    AGE
    18 yrs. and up
    DATE
    March 6, April 9, April 14, April 17
    TIME
    Varies
    LOCATION
    Springfield Botanical Center
    FEE
    Free

     

  4. Japanese Gardening Series


    Gain hands-on work experience in the Mizumoto Japanese Garden with a series of special projects and skill demonstrations. Includes lunch.
    • Fri., March 19: Meditation Zen Garden – Rock, Rake, and Knot Tying
    • Fri., May 14: Candling Pine
    • Fri., June 11: Pruning Maples and Spring Blooms


    AGE
    17 yrs. and up
    DATE
    March 19, May 14, June 11
    TIME
    8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
    LOCATION
    Springfield Botanical Center
    FEE
    $20/Session

     

  5. Winter Twilight Hikes


    Enjoy the subtle beauty of a winter landscape while listening for owls and early spring peepers on this staff-guided walk around Lake Drummond. Hot chocolate and treats included.
    • Feb. 13: Far out and Far from Valentine’s
    • Feb. 27: Full Moon Hike
    • March 26: Full Moon Hike


    AGE
    5 yrs. and up
    DATE
    Feb. 13, Feb. 27, March 26
    TIME
    5- 6:30 p.m.
    LOCATION
    Springfield Botanical Gardens
    FEE
    $3/adult, $2/Ages 5-12

     

  6. Cherry Blossom Kite and Piñata Day


    Celebrate spring with the Springfield Sister Cities Association. Bring a kite to fly or build one with us. Make your own mini piñata. Enjoy Japanese and Mexican children’s crafts and performances, and free admission to the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden as it reopens for the season. Face coverings required.

    AGE
    All ages
    DATE
    Sat., April 10
    TIME
    11 a.m.-4 p.m.
    LOCATION
    Springfield Botanical Gardens
    FEE
    Free admission, $5/kite and mini piñata kit

     

  7. Park Partners Plant Sale


    Parks partner groups offer plants and other items for sale at Springfield Botanical Gardens. This is a smaller event than usual, due to COVID prevention. All ages, free admission.

    AGE
    All ages
    DATE
    Sat., April 24
    TIME
    8 a.m.-2 p.m.
    LOCATION
    Springfield Botanical Gardens
    FEE
    Free admission, prices vary per plant

     

  8. Earth Fair & Movie Night


    Free screening of a family movie with an environmental message. Come early for tree activities and take-aways. Movie begins at dusk at the Peace Through People Pavilion.

    AGE
    All ages
    DATE
    Sat, April 24
    TIME
    7 p.m.
    LOCATION
    Peace Through People Pavilion
    FEE
    Free