This Month in Parks - February 2020

Special Events | Kids Sports | Kids Activities | Gardening | Adult Sports | Fun for All Ages | Get Outside | Accessible Rec


Special Events

Sat., Feb. 22: Daddy Daughter Dance
Girls, bring your dad, step-dad, grandpa, uncle, or special guy out for a night you’ll always remember. This year’s theme is Enchanted Evening! Enjoy a catered dinner, music, dancing, and special surprises. Event held in the Northview Center Ballroom, adjacent to Doling Family Center. Register early in-person at Park Board Family Centers or call 417-837-5900; space is limited. Doling Family Center 837-5900

For ages 3 yrs. and up
6-9 p.m.
$40/Couple
$15/Each Addl. Girl


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Feb. 1, 8: Black History Month
Learn about African-American contributions to Springfield history at Timmons Hall. The Feb. 1 People’s History Café offers a history skit and a panel discussion of African-Americans in the Medical Profession. The Feb. 8 History Spotlight focuses on the Milly Project, a play about a former Springfield slave who won her freedom in 1836. Space is limited, registration required. Timmons Hall 864-1171

For all ages
Sat., Feb. 1: People’s History Café
11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 8: History Spotlight
11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Free


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Fri., Feb. 14: Valentine’s Romance in the Garden
Take a stroll through the serene garden decorated with ambient lights and with romantic music playing softly in the background. Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden 891-1515

For all ages
4:30-7:30 p.m.
$8/person


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Feb. 14-16, Feb. 21-23, Feb. 28-March 1: Lifeguard Training
Get certified to work as a lifeguard this summer. Taught by certified American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructors. Class offers certification in Lifeguarding, Water Park, First Aid, CPR and AED for the Professional Rescuer. Scholarships may be available to youth who qualify for free/reduced meals. Apply at ParkBoard.org/Scholarships. Chesterfield Family Center 891-1616

For ages 15 yrs. and up
Feb. 14-16, Feb. 21-23, Feb. 28-March 1
$160/Members, $170/Non-members


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Sat., Feb. 22: Try Hockey for Free Day
Kids interested in ice hockey? Give it a try. We provide coaches and equipment. Skating experience not required, but registration is at tryhockeyforfree.com. Jordan Valley Ice Park 866-7444

For ages 10 yrs. and under
1 p.m.
Free


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Fri., Feb. 28: Owl Prowl: Nature Walk and Hot Chocolate Bar
Take a short hike around Lake Springfield to listen for wild owls. Then, inside the Boathouse, make delicious hot chocolate, and meet four different species of owls from the Dickerson Park Zoo up close. Registration requested by calling 417-891-1550 or in-person.

For all ages
7-8 p.m.
$5/person (ages 4 and under free)


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Feb. 29-March 1: Ultimate Springfield Cave Tour
A full day of caving adventure in the Springfield area: a walking tour of Giboney Cave in Doling Park, a hiking tour of karst features in Ritter Springs Park and a boat tour through Sequiota Cave in Sequiota Park. Bring your own snacks, water and headlamps or flashlights. Transportation provided. Dates subject to weather and bat activity. Register by Feb. 28. Outdoor Initiatives 833-8647

For ages 5 yrs. and up (5-17 yrs. with an adult)
Feb. 29-March 1
Sat. Tour 1: 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Sat. Tour 2: 12-4:30 p.m.
Sun. Tour 1: 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Sun. Tour 2: 12-4:30 p.m.
$15/Person


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Kids Sports



Feb. 2-27: Stingrays Swim Team
For swimmers ages 6-18 who would like to continue their swim team experience through the school year. A great alternative to the highly competitive aquatics arena. Classes are three times a week. Chesterfield Family Center 891-1616

For ages 6-18 yrs.
Sun., 2-3 p.m., Tues. and Thurs., 6:30-7:30 p.m.
$35/Members, $45/Non-members


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Feb. 4-25: Youth and Home School HorseSHOE I
Sheriff’s Horsemanship Outreach and Education (HorseSHOE) teaches safety around horses and basic grooming, saddling and riding techniques. Eight students per class. Horses and helmets provided. Equestrian Center 833-3291

For ages 7-16 yrs.
Youth: 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Home School: 10-11 a.m.
$60/Session


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Feb. 4-27: Tae Kwon Do
Build self-confidence, learn self-defense, achieve new skills and make new friends. Beginning and Advanced. Doling Family Center 837-5900

For ages 6 yrs. and up
Tues. and Thurs., 6-7 p.m.
$30/Member, $40/Non-member


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Feb. 9: Deadline to Register for SPARC Volleyball
A fun, safe, and affordable experience where players learn basic volleyball skills and positive life skills. Practices scheduled by volunteer coaches on weekday evenings. SPARC Office 837-5737
Grades 3rd-8th
March 7-April 4;
Game times vary, call for details
$45/Child


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Feb. 17-March 4: Family Learn to Swim at Doling
Designed to accommodate all ages through Level-2 skills. This program focuses on swimming skills and water safety. Each class takes place twice a week for three weeks. Doling Family Center 837-5900
For all ages
5:45-6:30 p.m.
$40/Members, $50/Non-members


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Feb. 18-March 31: Chesterfield Home School Aquatics Program
Aquatics class for home school students ages 5-14. For physical education credit or just to have fun and improve swimming skills. A great opportunity for socializing and networking! Chesterfield Family Center 891-1616

For ages 5-14 yrs.
Tues., 10:30 a.m.-Noon
$18/Members, $28/Non-members


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Feb. 18-March 5: Family Learn to Swim at Chesterfield
Designed to accommodate all ages through Level-2 skills. This program focuses on swimming skills and water safety. Each class takes place twice a week for three weeks. Chesterfield Family Center 891-1616

For all ages
5:45-6:30 p.m.
$40/Members, $50/Non-members


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Feb. 19-April 1: Doling Home School Aquatics Program
Aquatics class for home school students ages 5-14. For physical education credit or just to have fun and improve swimming skills. A great opportunity for socializing and networking! No classes the week of SPS Spring Break. Doling Family Center 837-5900

For ages 5-14 yrs.
Wed., 1-2:30 p.m.
$18/Members, $28/Non-members


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Wed., Feb. 19: Try Archery Program
Allows beginners an opportunity to shoot a limited number of arrows under the supervision of an instructor. Equipment is provided. Archery Range 874-2910

For ages 6 yrs. and up
6-7 p.m.
$5/One-hour class


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Feb. 22-April 11: Tiny Dancers
Learn basic movements of ballet while having a lot of fun. No class March 21. Doling Family Center 837-5900

For ages 3-4 yrs.
Sat., 9-9:45 a.m.
$30/Member, $40/Non-member


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Feb. 22-April 11: Kids’ Beginning Dance
Basic Ballet and Jazz. Must be at least 5 years old, with less than two sessions of dance experience. No class March 21. Doling Family Center 837-5900

For ages 5-10 yrs.
Sat., 10-11 a.m.
$30/Member, $40/Non-member


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Feb. 22-April 11: Kids’ Intermediate Dance
Builds upon Ballet and Jazz techniques learned in Beginning Dance. Must have at least two sessions of dance experience. No class March 21. Doling Family Center 837-5900

For ages 5-10 yrs.
Sat., 11 a.m.-Noon
$30/Member, $40/Non-member


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Feb. 22-April 11: Kids’ Advanced Dance
Builds upon Ballet and Jazz techniques learned in Intermediate Dance. Must have at least three sessions of dance experience. Doling Family Center 837-5900
For ages 5-10 yrs.
Sat., 11 a.m.-Noon
$30/Member, $40/Non-member


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Sat., Feb. 22: Daddy Daughter Dance
Girls, bring your dad, step-dad, grandpa, uncle, or special guy out for a night you’ll always remember. This year’s theme is Enchanted Evening! Enjoy a catered dinner, music, dancing, and special surprises. Event held in the Northview Center Ballroom, adjacent to Doling Family Center. Register early in-person at Park Board Family Centers or call 417-837-5900; space is limited. Doling Family Center 837-5900

For ages 3 yrs. and up
Saturday, Feb. 22 from 6-9 p.m.
$40/Couple
$15/Each Addl. Girl


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Sat., Feb. 22: Try Hockey for Free Day
Kids interested in ice hockey? Give it a try. We provide coaches and equipment. Skating experience not required, but registration is at tryhockeyforfree.com. Jordan Valley Ice Park 866-7444
For ages 10 yrs. and under
1 p.m.
Free


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Feb. 24-April 13: Youth Intermediate & Advanced Dance
Teens and preteens will continue developing ballet and jazz skills learned during Kids’ Dance classes, while incorporating additional contemporary elements. No class March 23. Doling Family Center 837-5900

For ages 11-18 yrs.
Mon., 4:45 p.m.-5:35 p.m.
$30/Member, $40/Non-member


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Feb. 25-March 5: Pickleball for Beginners at Doling Family Center
An instructor-led course focusing on the rules and fundamentals of pickleball. Fun for teens and adults of all ages! All equipment provided. Please register in advance, as space is limited! Doling Family Center 837-5900

For ages 10 yrs. and up
Tues. and Thurs., 8-9 p.m.
$20/Member, $30/Non-member


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Feb. 25-March 5: Intermediate Pickleball at Doling Family Center
Builds on the skills learned during Pickleball for Beginners and teaches more advanced skills for leagues and tournaments. All equipment provided. Please register in advance, as space is limited! Doling Family Center 837-5900

For ages 10 yrs. and up
Tues. and Thurs., 7-8 p.m.
$20/Member, $30/Non-member


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Register for VolleyTikes
Fun introductory volleyball for ages 4-6, focusing on motor movements, hand-eye coordination, basic volleyball skills and basic game knowledge. Registration for the spring session opens in February. O’Reilly-Tefft Gym 417-874-2915

For ages 4-6 yrs.
March 5, 12, 26 and April 2, 9
Thurs., 4:15-5 p.m.
$50/5-week session


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Register for VolleyKids
Fun introductory volleyball for ages 7-9, focusing on motor movements, hand-eye coordination, basic volleyball skills and basic game knowledge. Registration for the spring session opens in February. O’Reilly-Tefft Gym 417-874-2915

For ages 7-9 yrs.
March 5, 12, 26 and April 2, 9
THurs., 5-5:45 p.m.
$50/5-week session


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Kids Activities

Fri., Feb. 7: Kids’ Night at Dan Kinney
Parents enjoy a night out while kids have supervised fun with friends enjoying games, activities, crafts and pizza. Dan Kinney Family Center 891-1500

For ages 5-12 yrs.
Fri., 5:30-9 p.m.
$7/Member, $10/Non-member


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Fri., Feb. 14: Kids’ Night at Chesterfield
Parents enjoy a night out while kids have supervised fun with friends, swimming, a movie and pizza. Chesterfield Family Center 891-1616
For ages 5-11 yrs.
6-9:30 p.m.
$10/Member, $15/Non-member


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Fri., Feb. 14: Kids’ Night at Doling
Kids, join us for a movie, crafts, pizza and games! Doling Family Center 837-5900

For ages 5-12 yrs.
5-8:30 p.m.
$10/Member, $15/Non-member


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Mon., Feb. 17: SPARC School’s Out Program
Don’t sit around bored while school is out. Join us for a fun-filled day of art exploration! We’ll learn about different artists, explore tactile art materials, and create our very own masterpieces and memories that will last a lifetime! At Sequiota Elementary. Register by Feb. 12. SPARC Office 837-573

For ages 5-12 yrs.
7 a.m.-6 p.m.
$20/Child/Day


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Mon., Feb. 17: SPARC Quest School’s Out Program
Join SPARC for a fun filled day at INCREDIBLE PIZZA. Lunch buffet and a game card will be provided! Drop-off and pick-up at Cherokee Middle School. SPARC Office 837-5737

For ages 11-14 yrs.
7 a.m.- 6 p.m.
$24/Child


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Mon., Feb. 17: Pony Day Camp
When school’s away, it’s time to play! Fun-filled days surrounded by fuzzy, furry horses. Day campers are immersed in barn life: feeding, grooming, saddling, one indoor riding lesson, as well as crafts and movies. Bring a lunch, snack and water. Wear jeans, boots and appropriate outdoor clothing. Previous horse experience is not necessary. Space is limited. Registration required. Equestrian Center 833-3291

For ages 7 yrs. and up
Drop-off begins at 7:30 a.m.
Pick-up ends at 5:30 p.m.
Program is 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
$35/Student


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Sun., Feb. 23: Art-C Paint at Chesterfield
A paint class for people of all ages and abilities. Price is per canvas, so paint your own or create a masterpiece together with a loved one! Chesterfield Family Center 891-1616

For all ages
(children under 5 with parent)
Sun., 2-4 p.m.
$30/Member, $40/Non-member,
$25 for additional canvas


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GARDENING

Fri., Feb. 14: Valentine’s Romance in the Garden
Take a stroll through the serene garden decorated with ambient lights and with romantic music playing softly in the background. Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden 891-1515

For all ages
4:30-7:30 p.m.
$8/person
Buy 2 tickets, get one free.


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NOW!: Adopt an Urban Garden
Enjoy the benefits of gardening and growing your own food — even if you don’t have a yard! Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park has 60 raised garden beds available for rent March-October. Choose from 8’x16’ or 16’x16’. You chose what to grow. Maintenance and watering are your responsibility. All garden beds are filled with topsoil and organic matter, with several water sources on site. Plots are open dawn to dusk. Previous renters may renew garden plots Jan. 2. New renters may reserve plots Feb. 1. Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park 837-5949

For all ages
March-Oct.
$25/8 ‘x16’ plot, $40/16’ x 16’ plot
Optional Garden Prep $15/$30


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Feb. 17, 24: Potting Shed University at Springfield Botanical Center
Presented by the Master Gardeners of Greene County. Invest in gardening skills for life and become a better gardener. Pay-at-the-door registration opens at 5:30 p.m. MU Extension 881-8909

For ages 18 yrs. and up
Feb. 17: Soil Health for the Home Gardener
Feb. 24: Dish to Dirt Home Composting
Mon., 6-7 p.m.
$5/Class


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Adult Sports & Programming

Ongoing: Pickleball Open Play
Join us for open play Pickleball at O’Reilly-Tefft Gymnasium at 1408 E. Pythian St. Open play available 3 times a week. O’Reilly-Tefft Gymnasium 837-5817

For all ages
Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
$5/Person for a day pass or
$25/10-visit punch card


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Feb. 2-March 8: Adult Pickleball League 
Doubles league with 5 weeks of play, followed by a tournament. Each week will be a double-header. Dan Kinney Family Center 891-1500

For ages 15 yrs. and up
Sun., 4 p.m.
$40/Team


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Sat., Feb. 8: Indoor Triathlon
Features a 10-minute swim, 30-minute spin bike ride and a 20-minute treadmill run. Competition based on distance traveled. Medals awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place men and women. Chesterfield Family Center 891-1616

For ages 16 yrs. and up
Staggered heats start at 6 a.m.
$40/Member, $50/Non-member


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Feb. 15-March 14: Tai Chi
Relaxation, focus and balance practices for all experience levels. Dan Kinney Family Center 891-1500

For ages 16 yrs. and up
Sat., 10 a.m.
$35/Member, $45/Non-member


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Feb. 18-March 17: Yoga at Chesterfield
Five-week sessions of yoga, accommodating any level of experience. Chesterfield Family Center 891-1616

For ages 12 yrs. and up
Tues., 7 p.m.
$35/Member; $45/Non-member


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Feb. 20-April 13: Adult Volleyball Leagues
Adult volleyball leagues for women (Mon. nights), and coed (Thurs. or Fri. nights). Register your team of about 6+ players by Feb. 7. Killian Sports Complex 837-5817

For ages 16 yrs. and up
Mon., Thurs. or Fri., times vary
$160/Team


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Feb. 20-March 31: Total Yoga at Doling
Ideal for improving balance, coordination, peace of mind and overall health. Doling Family Center 837-5900

For ages 18 yrs. and up
Session 2: Feb 25-March 31;
Tues., 9-10 a.m. or 6-7 p.m.
Session 2: Feb. 10-March 26;
Thurs., 6-7 p.m.
$35/Member, $45/Non-member


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Feb. 20-March 19: Yoga at Dan Kinney
Includes breathing techniques and gentle, yet powerful yoga poses to help reduce stress and increase flexibility. Dan Kinney Family Center 891-1500

For ages 14 yrs. and up
Thurs., 6:10 p.m.
$35/Member, $45/Non-member


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Feb. 24-March 23: Ballroom Dance
Five-week sessions include a variety of ballroom dance steps. Chesterfield Family Center 891-1616

For ages 12 yrs. and up
Mon., 7 p.m.
$35/Member; $45/Non-member


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Feb. 25-March 5: Pickleball for Beginners at Doling Family Center
An instructor-led course focusing on the rules and fundamentals of pickleball. Fun for teens and adults of all ages! All equipment provided. Please register in advance, as space is limited!

For ages 10 yrs. and up
Tues. and Thurs., 8-9 p.m.
$20/Member, $30/Non-member


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Feb. 25-March 5: Intermediate Pickleball at Doling Family Center
Builds on the skills learned during Pickleball for Beginners and teaches more advanced skills for leagues and tournaments. All equipment provided. Please register in advance, as space is limited!

For ages 10 yrs. and up
Tues. and Thurs., 7-8 p.m.
$20/Member, $30/Non-member


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Fun For All Ages

Sat., Feb. 1: Bingo
Join us for an afternoon of fun, friends and snacks! Dan Kinney Family Center 891-1500

For ages 14 yrs. and up
5-6 p.m.
$5/Person, $5.50/Couple


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Feb. 14-15: Archery Tournaments
Indoor, Outdoor and Field. Archery Range 874-2910

For all ages
Feb. 14-15: Springfield 690 Tournament
Feb. 15: Ozarks Target Archers S3DA Invitational
Time varies, call for details
$10-35


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Feb. 18-March 17: Yoga at Chesterfield
Five-week sessions of yoga, accommodating any level of experience. Chesterfield Family Center 891-1616

For ages 12 yrs. and up
Tues., 7 p.m.
$35/Member; $45/Non-member


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Fri., Feb. 28: Owl Prowl: Nature Walk and Hot Chocolate Bar
Take a short hike around Lake Springfield to listen for wild owls. Then, inside the Boathouse, make delicious hot chocolate, and meet four different species of owls from the Dickerson Park Zoo up close. Registration requested by calling 417-891-1550 or in-person.

For all ages
Fri., 7-8 p.m.
$5/person (ages 4 and under free)


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Feb. 29-March 1: Ultimate Springfield Cave Tour
A full day of caving adventure in the Springfield area: a walking tour of Giboney Cave in Doling Park, a hiking tour of karst features in Ritter Springs Park and a boat tour through Sequiota Cave in Sequiota Park. Bring your own snacks, water and headlamps or flashlights. Transportation provided. Dates subject to weather and bat activity. Register by Feb. 28. Outdoor Initiatives 833-8647

For ages 5 yrs. and up (5-17 yrs. with an adult)
Feb. 29-March 1
Sat. Tour 1: 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Sat. Tour 2: 12-4:30 p.m.
Sun. Tour 1: 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Sun. Tour 2: 12-4:30 p.m.
$15/Person


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Get Outside

Feb. 22: Spring Hiking Series to Roaring River
Warm up on the trail as we make our way through some of the most scenic parts of Missouri. Enjoy a scenic 2.7 mile-hike at Roaring River State Park and end it with a campfire and s’mores. Trip is moderate in difficulty, so physical fitness is a must. Transportation provided. Bring your own lunch, snacks and water. Register by the Fri., Feb. 21. Outdoor Initiatives 833-8647

For ages 13 yrs. & up (13-17 yrs. with an adult)
Sat., 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
$20/Person


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Fri., Feb. 28: Owl Prowl: Nature Walk and Hot Chocolate Bar
Take a short hike around Lake Springfield to listen for wild owls. Then, inside the Boathouse, make delicious hot chocolate, and meet four different species of owls from the Dickerson Park Zoo up close. Registration requested by calling 417-891-1550 or in-person.

For all ages
Fri., 7-8 p.m.
$5/person (ages 4 and under free)


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Feb. 29-March 1: Ultimate Springfield Cave Tour
A full day of caving adventure in the Springfield area: a walking tour of Giboney Cave in Doling Park, a hiking tour of karst features in Ritter Springs Park and a boat tour through Sequiota Cave in Sequiota Park. Bring your own snacks, water and headlamps or flashlights. Transportation provided. Dates subject to weather and bat activity. Register by Feb. 28. Outdoor Initiatives 833-8647

For ages 5 yrs. and up (5-17 yrs. with an adult)
Sat. Tour 1: 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Sat. Tour 2: 12-4:30 p.m.
Sun. Tour 1: 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Sun. Tour 2: 12-4:30 p.m.
$15/Person


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Accessible Rec

Sat., Feb. 22: Discovering the Ozarks: MSU Basketball
Join us to watch the MSU Men’s Basketball Bears take on the Loyola Ramblers! Anyone ages 5 and up with a disability, as well as their family, friends, and support staff are welcome to purchase tickets and join us! Anyone ages 5-18 are asked to attend with at least one family or staff member, please. Pre-register by Feb. 19, 2020. Accessible Recreation 837-5808

For ages 5 yrs. And up with a disability
2:30 p.m.
$5/Person


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Wed., Feb. 26: Leather Stamping with Tandy Leather
Participants ages 12 and up with a disability, as well as their family, friends, and staff are welcome to purchase a project and join us! Accessible Recreation 837-5808

For ages 12 yrs. and up with a disability
3:30-5 p.m.
$5-15, depending on project


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