Native plant sale Saturday at Springfield Conservation Nature Center
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.