Bell Mountain HikeKnown as one of the best day hikes in the region, Bell Mountain provides hikers with a spectacular view of the St. Francois Mountains from its peak, along with breath-taking scenery of the area. The total distance covered will be 8.4 miles, on moderate trail. Transportation and gear are provided. Participants will need to bring water, snacks, and a lunch.
|Age:||12 yrs. and up (12-17 yrs. with an adult)|
|Time:||Sat., 6 a.m. - 8 p.m.|
|Fee:||$15 / Person|
The Ultimate Springfield Cave Tour
This will be a full day of adventure, caving around the Springfield area. The tour will include a hike that highlights the caves of Ritter Springs Park, a walk through Giboney Cave at Doling Park, and boating through Sequiota Cave at Sequiota Park. Transportation and gear are provided, although participants are encouraged to bring their own headlamps or flashlights, as well as snacks and water.
|Age:||6 yrs. And up (6-17 yrs. With an adult)|
|Date:||Feb. 25 - 26|
|Time:||Sat. Tour 1: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. / Tour 2: 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
|Sun. Tour 1: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. / Tour 2: 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
|Fee:||$15 / Person|
Register Online: Saturday Tour 1, Saturday Tour 2, Sunday Tour 1, Sunday Tour 2
Sequiota Cave Boat Tour
CANCELED DUE TO EARLY BAT ACTIVITY
Sequiota Park Cave Boat Tours are canceled March 11-12. Migrating gray bats have returned to the cave earlier than usual this year, forcing the cancellation of our final weekend of boat tours. To protect these and other species of bats at Sequiota, there will be no more boat tours this spring. And as a reminder, the caves are closed to foot traffic year-round, to protect resident bats. We apologize for the inconvenience — thanks for your understanding!
Camping Basics 101
The Springfield-Greene County Park Board brings nature inside with this interactive series including games, activities, and much more. (Supplies provided for the classes) Two locations to choose from, Tom Watkins Center and Doling Family Center.
Paper Registration | Online Registration
|Location:||Tom Watkins Center||Doling Family Center|
||March 21||March 22|
|March 28||March 29|
|April 4||April 5|
|April 11||April 12|
|April 18||April 19|
|Fee:||$16/per 5 week series|
Sams Throne Camping
Join us for camping and hiking, or just ride down with us and do your own thing. This overnight camping trip includes scenic hiking in the beautiful Boston Mountains of Arkansas, and a dinner provided by Outdoor Initiatives Saturday evening. All major camping equipment and transportation included.
|Date:||March 25 - 26|
|Time:||Sat., 8 a.m. - Sun. 5 p.m.|
|Fee:||$20 / Person|
Giboney Cave Tours
Explore the myths, facts and history of Doling Park’s Giboney Cave. Shoes will get muddy on Walking Tours, and you will get very muddy and wet on the in-depth Tunnel Tours. Tours subject to cancellation, due to bats and weather.
|Age:||6 yrs. And up|
|Date:||April 1, May 6|
|Time:||Sat., 1, 2 (tunnel) and 3 p.m.|
|Walking Tour:||$4 / Person, $12 / Family of 4|
|Tunnel Tour:||$6 / Person, $20 / Family of 4|
Taum Sauk Backpacking
Embark on one of the most scenic sections of the Ozark Trail, where we will backpack 15 miles from Taum Sauk to Johnson's Shut-ins, passing through Mina Sauk Falls and the Devil's Tollgate. This is a moderate-to-strenuous level trip. Being in physically good condition is a must. We will camp the first night at Taum Sauk Camp Ground. Transportation, water filtration, and major gear included. Gear lists and meal planning help are available. Call our office for additional options for including meals for this trip.
|Age:||18 yrs. And up|
|Date:||April 7 - 9|
|Time:||Sun., 8 p.m.|
|Fee:||$50 / Person|
Ritter Springs Camping
Join Outdoor Initiatives for a fun overnight campout at beautiful Ritter Springs Park. Includes kayaking, catch & release fishing, hiking, and more. Dutch Oven dinner provided Saturday evening. Some equipment available on a first come first serve basis. Scholarships may be available to youth 18 years and under who meet the income requirements.
|Time:||Sat. 12 p.m. - Sun. 12 p.m.|
|Fee:||$10 / Person|