News & Events
Garden Story Time
Join us inside the Botanical Center Workshop for a garden season-themed story followed by a fun environmental-based activity. Attend in person or watch later on Facebook!
AGEPreschoolers and familyDATEThurs., Feb. 18, March 18, April 15TIME10 a.m.LOCATIONSpringfield Botanical CenterFEEFree
Homeschool Horticulture Series
Join staff for lessons connected to working in and enjoying the outdoors!
- Feb. 11: Winter Hike Preparedness, age 10 yrs. and up, includes notebook, pen and mini first aid
- March 11: All About MO Wildlife, age 5 yrs. and up, includes notebook, pen and wildlife ID worksheet
- April 7: Gardening 101, age 8 yrs. and up, includes soil, seeds and planter
AGEVariesDATEFeb. 11, March 11, April 7TIME2-3 p.m.LOCATIONSpringfield Botanical CenterFEE$5/Student
Green thumbs not required! If you have a heart for your park and want to share it with others, learn more about our opportunities! Registration required.
- Sat., March 6, 10 a.m.: Gray/Campbell Farmstead Annual Meeting
- Fri., April 9, 10 a.m.: Garden Volunteer Fair Social Mixer
- Wed., April 14, 5:30 p.m.: Butterfly House Docent Training
- Sat., April 17, 9 a.m.: Butterfly House Docent Training
AGE18 yrs. and upDATEMarch 6, April 9, April 14, April 17TIMEVariesLOCATIONSpringfield Botanical CenterFEEFree
Japanese Gardening Series
Gain hands-on work experience in the Mizumoto Japanese Garden with a series of special projects and skill demonstrations. Includes lunch.
- Fri., March 19: Meditation Zen Garden – Rock, Rake, and Knot Tying
- Fri., May 14: Candling Pine
- Fri., June 11: Pruning Maples and Spring Blooms
AGE17 yrs. and upDATEMarch 19, May 14, June 11TIME8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.LOCATIONSpringfield Botanical CenterFEE$20/Session
Winter Twilight Hikes
Enjoy the subtle beauty of a winter landscape while listening for owls and early spring peepers on this staff-guided walk around Lake Drummond. Hot chocolate and treats included.
- Feb. 13: Far out and Far from Valentine’s
- Feb. 27: Full Moon Hike
- March 26: Full Moon Hike
AGE5 yrs. and upDATEFeb. 13, Feb. 27, March 26TIME5- 6:30 p.m.LOCATIONSpringfield Botanical GardensFEE$3/adult, $2/Ages 5-12
Cherry Blossom Kite and Piñata Day
Celebrate spring with the Springfield Sister Cities Association. Bring a kite to fly or build one with us. Make your own mini piñata. Enjoy Japanese and Mexican children’s crafts and performances, and free admission to the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden as it reopens for the season. Face coverings required.
AGEAll agesDATESat., April 10TIME11 a.m.-4 p.m.LOCATIONSpringfield Botanical GardensFEEFree admission, $5/kite and mini piñata kit
Park Partners Plant Sale
Parks partner groups offer plants and other items for sale at Springfield Botanical Gardens. This is a smaller event than usual, due to COVID prevention. All ages, free admission.
AGEAll agesDATESat., April 24TIME8 a.m.-2 p.m.LOCATIONSpringfield Botanical GardensFEEFree admission, prices vary per plant
Earth Fair & Movie Night
Free screening of a family movie with an environmental message. Come early for tree activities and take-aways. Movie begins at dusk at the Peace Through People Pavilion.
AGEAll agesDATESat, April 24TIME7 p.m.LOCATIONPeace Through People PavilionFEEFree