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Native plant sale Saturday at Springfield Conservation Nature Center

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Linda Chorice, Springfield Conservation Nature Center Manager, explains the extensive renovations nearing completion in Phase I. The annual native plant sale is Saturday.

Linda Chorice, Springfield Conservation Nature Center Manager, explains the extensive renovations nearing completion in Phase I. The annual native plant sale is Saturday.

Native plants from a variety of vendors and some nature-friendly information from exhibitors will be available at annual Native Plant Sale And Workshops from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, April 2, at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center.
A series of guest speakers on topics related to native plants will be presenting through this annual event. Call 417-888-4237 for a flier of the day’s activities and more information.
One of the most popular destinations in Springfield, the center has attracted more than 2.5 million visitors since it opened in 1988 explore 79 acres of habitat including forest, glade, woodland, prairie plantings, creeks, and frontage on Lake Springfield. It is located at at 4601 S. Nature Center Way in southeast Springfield, just west of U.S. 65 off the James River Freeway (U.S. 60). Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; Noon- 5 p.m. on Sunday, and closed Monday.
After 27 years, up to one third of the exhibits original to the building needed to be brought updated or replaced.
Phase I includes changes in the lobby, exhibit entrance, spring pool, turtle tank, and the popular nocturnal room in addition to new attractions entirely.
Phase II is slated to begin in 2017 and could take two years to complete.
Two thirds of the funding is from the one-eighth of one-percent sales tax.
Design for Conservation sales tax.
Phase I designed was by Chase Studios in Cedar Creek, Mo. Museum Arts of Dallas, supervised construction.

George Freeman is a veteran journalist and photographer. An award-winning writer, editor and columnist in Springfield, Mo., with more than 50 years experience. His preference is for positive and uplifting stories about people, places, traditions and trends that make the Ozarks one of the most livable regions anywhere. A member of the Garden Writers Association of America, he is a past-president of the Society of Professional Journalists of Southwest Missouri, the Kansas and Ohio AP societies; a board member of Friends of the Garden and a member of the Rotary Club of Springfield. In 1976, he traveled to India as a member of a Rotary Foundation Group Study Exchange Team.

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