April21_header
Want to have This Month in Parks e-mailed to you every month? Sign Up Here

divider

SummerCampsBanner

divider

Special Events



  1. March 5-June 6: Lifeguard Training


    You can get paid to spend the summer at the pool! Get certified to work as a lifeguard. Taught by certified American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructors. Class offers certification in Lifeguarding, First Aid, CPR and AED for the Professional Rescuer. Days and time varies, call or check ParkBoard.org/Aquatics for details. The Park Board hires certified lifeguards as young as 15 years old! Scholarships may be available to Greene County residents 18 and under who qualify for free/reduced meals. Apply at ParkBoard.org/Scholarships.

    AGE
    15 yrs. and up
    DATE
    March 5-7, March 15-17, March 19-20, March 26-28, April 9-11, April 16-18, April 30-May 2, May 7-9, June 4-6
    TIME
    Varies, call for details.
    LOCATION
    Doling Aquatic Center
    FEE
    $160/Member, $170/Non-member

     


  2. Sat., April 24: 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

     


  3. Sat, April 24: Earth Fair & Movie Night


    Free screening of a family movie with an environmental message. Come early for tree activities and takeaways. Movie begins at dusk at the Peace Through People Pavilion at Springfield Botanical Gardens.

    AGE
    All ages
    DATE
    Sat., April 24
    TIME
    7 p.m.
    LOCATION
    Springfield Botanical Gardens
    FEE
    Free

     

divider

Fun for All Ages



  1. April 15-Oct. 15: Boat Rentals at Lake Springfield


    Rent a boat and explore the James River Water Trail at your own pace. Choose from an assortment of boats, including solo and tandem kayaks, Old Town canoes, and stand-up paddleboards available a first-come, first-serve basis. Life preservers are provided and required. Must be 18 yrs. to rent boats. All boats must be returned the launch area by 5 p.m.

    AGE
    3 yrs. and up (Ages 3-5 allowed in only canoes, with a guardian. Ages 6-13 must be with a guardian. Ages 14-17 may command their own boat accompanied by an adult.)
    DATE
    April 15-Oct. 15
    TIME
    Mon.- Sat., 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 
    LOCATION
    Lake Springfield
    FEE
    $10/hour solo kayaks and stand-up paddleboards $12/hour tandem kayaks 

     


  2. April 18-May 2: Tails to Trails 5K/10K


    Celebrate your pets and run in our 3rd 2021 Virtual Race event. This event benefits the Springfield Greene County Park Board scholarship fund, which provides financial support for kids who want to participate in Park Board activities throughout the year. Submit your results online from April 18 - May 2. To submit results, please visit our Virtual Race Series page, find your event, and click on the results button. Once there, just enter your registration ID number located on your confirmation email, type in your time and submit a photo or screenshot of your run. Once you have submitted your results and they have been approved, you will be able to compare your results with other virtual runners who have participated.

    AGE
    All ages
    DATE
    April 18-May 2
    FEE
    $25 (includes race shirt) or $30 (includes race shirt and custom race medal)

     


  3. Sat., April 24: 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

     


  4. Sat, April 24: Earth Fair & Movie Night


    Free screening of a family movie with an environmental message. Come early for tree activities and takeaways. Movie begins at dusk at the Peace Through People Pavilion at Springfield Botanical Gardens.

    AGE
    All ages
    DATE
    Sat., April 24
    TIME
    7 p.m.
    LOCATION
    Springfield Botanical Gardens
    FEE
    Free

     


  5. Tuesday, April 13: Stress Recess Planting Positivity


    Burrell Behavioral Health has partnered with Springfield-Greene County Park Board, the Missouri Show-Me Hope Crisis Counseling Program and Stay Positive Arkansas to host "Stress Recess," a series of virtual events hosted on Zoom. Stress Recess allows our community to connect with one another and take a break from the everyday stress we may be feeling. We will come together once a month to participate in light-hearted, fun activities while also providing educational resources about self-care and how to take care of ourselves during the pandemic. Planting Positivity will be an hour of interactive games, raffle prizes, wellness tips, and connection to local resources. You will not want to miss out on the fun and engagement!
    ZOOM LINK INFORMATION:
    https://burrellcenter.zoom.us/j/3288218036
    Meeting ID: 328 821 8036
    Audio Only: 1-312-626-6799

    AGE
    All ages
    DATE
    Tues., April 13
    TIME
    6 p.m.
    LOCATION
    Online via Zoom
    FEE
    Free

     

divider

Gardening



  1. Sat., April 24: 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

     


  2. Sat, April 24: Earth Fair, Arbor Day & Movie Night


    Free screening of a family movie with an environmental message. Come early for tree activities and takeaways. Movie begins at dusk at the Peace Through People Pavilion at Springfield Botanical Gardens.

    AGE
    All ages
    DATE
    Sat., April 24
    TIME
    7 p.m.
    LOCATION
    Springfield Botanical Gardens
    FEE
    Free

     

divider

Get Outside



  1. April 15-Oct. 15: Boat Rentals at Lake Springfield


    Rent a boat and explore the James River Water Trail at your own pace. Choose from an assortment of boats, including solo and tandem kayaks, Old Town canoes, and stand-up paddleboards available a first-come, first-serve basis. Life preservers are provided and required. Must be 18 yrs. to rent boats. All boats must be returned the launch area by 5 p.m.

    AGE
    3 yrs. and up (Ages 3-5 allowed in only canoes, with a guardian. Ages 6-13 must be with a guardian. Ages 14-17 may command their own boat accompanied by an adult.)
    DATE
    April 15-Oct. 15
    TIME
    Mon.- Sat., 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 
    LOCATION
    Lake Springfield
    FEE
    $10/hour solo kayaks and stand-up paddleboards $12/hour tandem kayaks 

     


  2. April 24-25: Ozark Trail Backpacking Trip


    Hike a section of the scenic Ozark Trail! We’ll backpack along the beautiful Eleven Point River, hike 11 miles over two days, and camp right next to the river. This trip is rated strenuous in difficulty, so physical fitness is a must. Camping gear available for rent. Gear lists and meal planning help available. Register by April 23.

    AGE
    15 yrs. and up (15-17 yrs. with an adult) 
    DATE
    April 24-25
    TIME
    Sat., 8 a.m.-Sun., 7 p.m.
    LOCATION
    Eleven Point River
    FEE
    $60/Person

     

divider

Kids’ Programs & Activities

  1. SummerCampsBanner


  2. Fri., April 23: Art-C Paint - April


    Attention artists! ART-C at Home is here to help you create your very own canvas masterpiece with no experience required. Register for this step-by-step virtual painting class which includes an art kit with everything you need: canvas, paint, brushes, and an apron! A video tutorial by a certified art teacher will be available for download immediately upon packet pick-up, April 27 or 29.   View flyer.

    AGE
    5 yrs. and up
    RESERVE
    by Fri., April 23
    PICKUP
    Tues., April 27 at Oak Grove Community Center; Thurs., April 29 at SPARC Office
    FEE
    $30/Kit

     

Kids' Sports



  1. Now-April 28: Generation Pound


    A youth-oriented program that fuses movement and music to improve focus, coordination, physical fitness and teamwork skills. Kids use special drumsticks and are encouraged to explore movement and embrace their creativity. Registration required. No class March 15 and 17.

    AGE
    6-14 yrs.
    DATE
    Jan. 11-April 28
    TIME
    Mon., Wed., 6-7 p.m.
    LOCATION
    Doling Family Center
    FEE
    Free/Member, Daily Fee/Non-member

     


  2. April 1-22: Youth HorseSHOE I & II and Home School HorseSHOE I & II


    Sheriff’s Horsemanship Outreach and Education (HorseSHOE) teaches safety around horses and basic grooming, saddling and riding techniques. Six students per class. Horses and helmets provided. Face covering and social distance required in barn area.

    AGE
    7-16 yrs. 
    DATE
    SHOE II Session 2: Thurs., April 1, 8, 15, 22
    TIME
    Afternoon sessions: 3:15-4:15 p.m. and 4:30-5:30 p.m.; Morning session: 10-11 a.m.
    LOCATION
    Valley Water Mill Equestrian Center
    FEE
    $80/Session

     


  3. Tues., April 6-27: Spring Bike Camp


    Springfield Skate Park Bike Camp is intended for beginner and intermediate bikers. Instructors will teach the basics of biking in a fun camp setting. Riders will develop and enhance biking skills while creating new friendships and building confidence. Instruction focuses on bike control, safety, park etiquette and fundamentals. Space is limited, register in person at Springfield Skate Park by Fri., April 2. Download registration form. View flyer.

    AGE
    6-14 yrs.
    DATE
    Tues., April 6-27
    TIME
    6-8 p.m.
    LOCATION
    Springfield Skate Park
    FEE
    $55

     


  4. April 6-29: Tae Kwon Do at Doling


    Build self-confidence, learn self-defense, achieve new skills and make new friends. Beginning and Advanced.

    AGE
    6 yrs. and up 
    DATE
    April 6-29
    TIME
    Tues. and Thurs., 6-7 p.m.
    LOCATION
    Doling Family Center
    FEE
    $30/Member, $40/Non-member 

     


  5. Sat., April 24: 13th Annual Youth Softball Spring Classic Tournament


    Tournament with a three-game guarantee. Divisions are Coach Pitch and Girls’ Fast Pitch. Classifications are 10U in Coach Pitch; 10U Modified Pitch and 12U, 14U in Fast Pitch. All tournament spots filled on a first-come basis. Register by April 16. Modified COVID rules may be in place.

    AGE
    10U-14U
    DATE
    Sat., April 24
    TIME
    Varies, call for details 
    LOCATION
    Meador Softball Complex
    FEE
    $110/Team Coach Pitch + Gate Fee; $130/Team 10U Modified Pitch and 12U Fast Pitch + Gate Fee; $160/Team 14U Fast Pitch + Gate Fee

     

divider

Zoo Programs



  1. March 21, 28: Keeper for a Day


    NEW! A limited opportunity to shadow the education animal staff in a personal setting (only two students each day.) Participate in every day care duties of our education animal ambassadors, including: feeding, cleaning and making special enrichment items.

    AGE
    Grades 2-6
    DATE
    Grades 2-3: April 18, Grades 4-6: April 25
    TIME
    12:30-4:30 p.m.
    LOCATION
    Dickerson Park Zoo
    FEE
    $60/Members, $75/Non-members

     


  2. April 20, 23, 24, 28: Zoo Tots: Tails that Swish


    Designed to excite and inspire a love of learning in young kids. Includes crafts, animals and lots of fun facts to learn!

    AGE
    2-5 yrs. (pre-K) with an adult 
    DATE
    April 20, 23, 24, 28
    TIME
    10-11 a.m.
    LOCATION
    Dickerson Park Zoo
    FEE
    $10/FOZ Member, $15/Non-member

     


  3. Sat., April 24: World Penguin Day Parade


    Encourage a love of learning in young students by exploring amazing facts about the way animals see the world and move around in it. Each class includes: zoo tours (weather permitting), crafts, animal visits, snacks, and more.

    AGE
    Kindergarten and 1st grade 
    DATE
    Sat., April 24
    TIME
    1-4 p.m. 
    LOCATION
    Dickerson Park Zoo
    FEE
    $20/Member, $30/Non-members 

     

Adult Sports & Programs



  1. Daily: Water Aerobics at Chesterfield


    Available at both Doling and Chesterfield Family Centers. A great way to get in shape with minimal impact on your muscles and joints. This program is tentative based on current COVID-19 regulations. Chesterfield Family Center 891-1616

    TIME
    Mon.-Sat., 8:30 & 9:30 a.m.; Mon., Wed., Fri., 5:30 p.m.
    LOCATION
    Chesterfield Family Center
    FEE
    Free/Members, Daily fee/Non-members

     


  2. Daily: Water Aerobics at Doling


    Available at both Doling and Chesterfield Family Centers. A great way to get in shape with minimal impact on your muscles and joints. This program is tentative based on current COVID-19 regulations. Doling Family Center 837-5900

    TIME
    Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.; Sat., 9:30 a.m.; Tues., Thurs., 5:30 & 6:30 p.m.
    LOCATION
    Doling Family Center
    FEE
    Free/Members, Daily fee/Non-members

     


  3. Fri., March 19: Register for Adult Softball Leagues


    Men’s Slow, Women’s Slow, and Coed Slow Pitch softball leagues. Register your team of about 10+ players by March 19. Modified COVID rules may be in place.

    AGE
    14 yrs. and up
    DATE
    March 29-July 16
    TIME
    Varies, call for details
    LOCATION
    Killian Sports Complex
    FEE
    $340/Team

     


  4. April 6-May 4: Yoga at Chesterfield


    Five-week sessions of yoga, accommodating any level of experience.

    AGE
    12 yrs. and up 
    DATE
    April 6-May 4
    TIME
    Tues., 7 p.m.
    LOCATION
    Chesterfield Family Center
    FEE
    $35/Member; $45/Non-member

     


  5. April 8-May 6: Yoga at Dan Kinney


    Includes breathing techniques and gentle, yet powerful yoga poses to help reduce stress and increase flexibility.

    AGE
    14 yrs. and up 
    DATE
    April 8-May 6
    TIME
    Thurs., 6:10 p.m.
    LOCATION
    Dan Kinney Family Center
    FEE
    $35/Member; $45/Non-member

     


  6. April 13-May 20: Total Yoga at Doling Family Center


    Ideal for improving balance, coordination, peace of mind and overall health. 

    AGE
    18 yrs. and up
    DATE
    April 13-May 18
    TIME
    Tues., 9-10 a.m. or Thurs., 6:15-7:15 p.m.
    LOCATION
    Doling Family Center
    FEE
    $35/Member, $45/Non-member

     


  7. April 9-11, 16-18, 30-May 2: Lifeguard Training


    Get certified to work as a lifeguard this summer. Taught by certified American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructors. Class offers certification in Lifeguarding, First Aid, CPR and AED for the Professional Rescuer. Day and time varies, call or check ParkBoard.org/Aquatics for details..

    AGE
    15 yrs. and up
    DATE
    April 9-11, April 16-18, April 30-May 2, May 7-9, June 4-6
    TIME
    Varies, call for details
    FEE
    $160/Member, $170/Non-member

     


  8. Sat., April 10: Register for Adult Volleyball


    Adult volleyball leagues for women (Mon. nights), and coed (Thurs. or Fri. nights). Register your team of about 6+ players by Sat., April 10.

    AGE
    16 yrs. and up
    DATE
    April 19-June 7
    TIME
    Times vary, call for details
    LOCATION
    Monday women’s games at O’Reilly-Tefft, Chesterfield and Doling Family Centers. Thursday Coed games at O’Reilly-Tefft and Dan Kinney centers. Friday Coed games at O’Reilly-Tefft and Chesterfield centers.
    FEE
    $170/Team

     

Accessible Recreation



  1. Now - Drive-Thru Ceramics


    Looking for something fun to do in your own home? Look no further than Accessible Recreation's Drive-thru Ceramics! It's minimal interaction but maximum fun for our friends with disabilities and their family and friends! We have ceramic projects that are ready to be your next masterpiece! Call or email to schedule a pick-up time. Call when you arrive, and we will bring it out! Pick-up at the Northview Center (301 E. Talmage).

    AGE
    All ages with a disability
    DATE
    Call or email to schedule a pickup time
    LOCATION
    Northview Center
    FEE
    Starting at $5/project

     


  2. April 1-22: Ceramics Class


    Join us for a fun way to create ceramic projects for anyone ages 16 and up with a disability! Classes will be held in the Northview Center Ballroom. No transportation will be offered for these programs. Register by March 29.

    AGE
    16 yrs. and up with a disability
    DATE
    Thurs., April 1-22
    TIME
    9 a.m.-12 p.m.
    LOCATION
    Northview Center Ballroom
    FEE
    $20, additional fee for some items