News & Events
Gray/Campbell Farmstead Open House
Visit with volunteer docents to look inside historic buildings and learn more about life in the Ozarks in the 1860s. Open weather permitting.
AGEAll agesDATESundays, April-OctoberTIME1:30-4:30 p.m.LOCATIONGray/Campbell FarmsteadFEEFree
Discover pages of an illustrated book, as you walk along a path in the park. Presented in partnership with the Springfield-Greene County Library District.
AGEAll agesDATEMay 10-28, Aug. 10-28TIMESunrise to sunsetLOCATIONSpringfield Botanical CenterFEEFree
Summer Nature School
School-age kids are invited to a variety of classes in the garden. Second Thursday of the month. Registration required.
AGE5-12 yrs.DATEMay 13, June 10, July 8, Aug. 12TIMEThurs., 10-11 a.m.LOCATIONSpringfield Botanical CenterFEE$5/student
Garden Story Time
Pre-schoolers and family are invited to listen to a garden-themed story followed by a fun environmental-based craft or activity. Held on the third Thursday and Saturday.
AGEPre-schoolers and familyDATEMay 20 and 22, June 17 and 19, July 15 and 17, Aug. 19 and 21TIMEThurs. or Sat., 10-11 a.m.LOCATIONSpringfield Botanical CenterFEEFree
Backpack Buddy Adventures
Grab a fully-stocked Explorer Backpack and join us on the 3rd Saturday of the month to look more closely at the wild things in the garden.
AGE4-12 yrs.DATESat., July 17: South Creek Sat., Aug. 21: InsectsTIME11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.LOCATIONSpringfield Botanical CenterFEEFree program, $15/Backpack FOG members $18/Backpack non-members
Virtual Vegetable Gardening in the Ozarks
Online training presented by MU Extension Specialists and Master Gardeners of Greene County.
AGE18 yrs. and upDATEMay 11: Warm Season Vegetables for Summer; May 25: Watering the Vegetable Garden; June 8: All About Tomatoes; June 22: Insect and Disease Management in the Vegetable Garden; June 29: Canning, Freezing and Drying the Garden Harvest; July 13: Vegetable Nutrition and Recipes; August 3: Donating Excess Vegetables; August 10: Cool Season Vegetables for FallTIMETues., 10-11 a.m.LOCATIONSpringfield Botanical CenterFEE$5/Class
Celebrate gardening, nature and butterflies. Visit the Roston Native Butterfly House and Caterpillar Petting Zoo. Enter the pollinator costume contest, enjoy magic shows, visit vendors, and more. Presented by Friends of the Garden. Children may pick up a packet of take-home crafts, presented by Young Sprouts in the Garden. Free admission to Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden.
AGEAll agesDATESat., June 19TIME9 a.m.-3 p.m.LOCATIONSpringfield Botanical CenterFEEFree
Sedums: Hardy vs. Tropical
Sedums are all the rage right now. But what do you need to know? Tour the sedum garden and discuss the needs and wants of sedum and similar sun-loving specimens.AGE18 yrs. and upDATEWed., June 23TIME6-7:30 p.m.LOCATIONSpringfield Botanical CenterFEEFree
32nd Annual Ozark Regional Lily Society Flower Show
SLearn more about and see beautiful examples of this giant perennial flower, a favorite for floral arranging.
AGEAll agesDATESat., June 26TIME10 a.m.-2 p.m.LOCATIONSpringfield Botanical CenterFEEFree
National Teddy Bear Picnic
Bring your favorite stuffed bear or toy and celebrate National Teddy Bear Picnic Day! Pack a picnic lunch and blanket or purchase lunch from Park Concessions. Event includes craft, games, story time, a teddy bear parade and frozen treat. Free, but registration is required for a timeslot below by July 5.
AGE2-10 yrs.DATESat., July 10TIME10 a.m., 11 a.m., 12 p.m. or 1 p.m.LOCATIONSpringfield Botanical CenterFEEFree
White Gardens at Home
Explore the Major Close White Garden and learn how to create your own white garden at home.
AGE18 yrs. and upDATEWed., July 21TIME6-7:30 p.m.LOCATIONSpringfield Botanical CenterFEEFree
Flora and Fauna Art Exhibit
Watercolors by Julia Barger, including flowers, landscapes and wildlife, on exhibit in the atrium.
AGEAll agesDATEAug. 1-27TIME8 a.m.-8 p.m.LOCATIONSpringfield Botanical CenterFEEFree
Growing Successful Rose Gardens
Learn how to successfully grow roses at home. Class takes place in the new rose garden.
AGEAll agesDATEWed., Aug. 18TIME6-7:30 p.m.LOCATIONSpringfield Botanical CenterFEEFree
Garden Walk & Talk: Dwarf Conifer Garden Tour
Tour the conifer garden and discuss basics of working with conifers on a homeowner level.
AGE18 yrs. and upDATESat., Aug. 21TIME1-2:30 p.m.LOCATIONSpringfield Botanical CenterFEEFree