Celebrate Earth Day by Getting Your Hands Dirty
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Four Springfield organizations are encouraging local residents to celebrate Earth Day by volunteering from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., Friday, April 22 at the Springfield Botanical Gardens, located in the 114-acre Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park, 2400 South Scenic Avenue, in southwest Springfield.
The Springfield-Greene County Park Board, Springfield Botanical Gardens, Friends of the Garden and Greene County MU Extension are working together to coordinate this day of volunteering.
“This event is an invitation for individuals, church groups and businesses to think globally by acting locally,” says Katie Steinhoff, coordinator of the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center. “We will start with an orientation to the gardens and then spend time in the gardens.”
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with coffee and brief history and overview of the Springfield Botanical Gardens by Steinhoff.
From 9-11 a.m. volunteers will be divided into groups to complete volunteer beautification projects in the park.
“We will work on garden beautification projects including mulching, weeding, spreading gravel and planting,” explains Kelly McGowan, horticulture educator with University of Missouri Extension and Friends of the Garden.
Pre-registration is required and can be made by contacting Kelly McGowan by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 417-874-2965.