Featured Upcoming Programs
Gardening and Lawn Related Classes
Organic Gardening Academy
Learn about growing and caring for plants using a sustainable approach. To register call 417-881-8909. Brochure and schedule (PDF)
Lawn Care Professional Workshop
MU Extension conducted workshop from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 25 at the Botanical Center. Workshop topics will include grass selection, site preparation, turf management (mowing, renovation, fertility), diagnosing turf problems, and soil testing. Registration and Information Brochure (PDF) || Order Tickets Online
2nd Annual Garlic Festival
Learn about all about garlic production at this annual event, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Sept. 2. Attendees can also taste test several garlic strains and purchase a favorite. Registration and informational flyer (PDF)
Family and Nutrition Related Classes
Powerful Tools for Caregivers
Powerful Tools for Caregivers is an 12-hour course that teaches self-care tools like reducing personal stress, changing negative self-talk, communicating more effectively in challenging situations and coping with the demands of care giving. Registration Brochure (PDF) | Order Ticket for ALL 4 Sessions Online | Order Ticket Online for Individual Session
Diabetes Self Management
Attendees learn to manage symptoms, lessen frustration and stress, fight fatigue, eat healthier, monitor blood sugar, and communicate effectively with healthcare professionals. Class begins Sept. 14 | Information and registration flyer (PDF)
Agriculture Related Classes
2nd Salute to Century Farms
Celebrate our agricultural heritage as we honor three Century Farms in Greene County at the second annual “Salute to Century Farms." Live music, a live benefit auction and great food. Order Tickets Online | Ticket and Info Flyer (PDF) | Learn more
Exploring 4-H at Botanical Center
Children age 8 to 13 can explore a variety of 4-H projects with this new program. Activities begin at 4 p.m. on Oct. 21 and will be held the 3rd Wednesday of every month. Call 417-891-1515 to enroll.
How do I donate?
Friends of Greene County Extension Campaign
DONATE NOW: Use your credit card to make a donation to Greene County Extension. Donate to Greene County Extension
CURRENT DONORS: Our "Friends of Greene County Extension" are posted online: Donors to Friends of Extension (PDF).
DONATE AN OLD CAR: Cars, trucks, motorcycles, RVs, ATVs, boats, boat motors and farm equipment can be donated to the Greene County Extension Council. When contacting the local extension office with a donation be prepared to give the following: name, address and telephone for the owner and detailed information about the type of item being donated. If it is a vehicle we will need VIN, make, model, year, color and mileage. We will make arrangements for the item to be picked up. When the vehicle is picked up the owner must sign over the title. Email David Burton with donation details.
How Are We Doing Financially?
Great Game of Business
LEARN THE RULES: Read our rules and guiding documents that impact how Greene County Extension plays the Great Game of Business with our overview document (PDF).
KEEPING SCORE: See our weekly financial scorecard online so you can see exactly how we are doing financially for the month and the year.
GET IN THE GAME: Read how Greene County Extension is playing the Great Game of Business online here. Our staff conducts a huddle every Monday at 3:15 p.m. and our Council plays the game during regular council meetings each month. For more information contact David Burton.
How do I volunteer?
Lots of Opportunities
These are volunteer opportunities that provide a learning experience and a wonderful opportunity to do something that will benefit the residents of Greene County. Read more | Intern and Volunteer project list (PDF)
The Greene County Extension Council is proud to be a member of CARES Magazine and the local non-profit community. You can also register to volunteer with area non-profits on the CARES website.
Serve on a Council Committee
The Greene County Extension Council is opening its council committees up to members of the public and inviting county residents to volunteer for service. Learn more | Current list of committee membership (PDF)
100 Years of Extension
University of Missouri Extension is celebrating its 100th Anniversary. We need a volunteer or intern to help complete the Extension history by researching council minutes (1964 to present) and calling past Greene County Extension employees. History in Greene County: Early History Notes (PDF) | The Saga of C.C. Keller (PDF) | Statewide information | Volunteer to finish our History
Employee Training Programs
If your business regularly offers programs for employees, as part of ongoing professional development or as an employee incentive plan, these local University of Missouri Extension specialists can offer affordable research-based educational programming. Read more | Video | See Course List
Help with your lawn and garden
Assistance: Master Gardeners of Greene County staff our gardening hotline and can be reached by calling 417-881-8909. Read more.
Planting Guide: First time gardeners and seasoned professionals can benefit from the “Vegetable Planting Calendar” guide. Read story.
Soil Test: Bring in your soil and make sure you don't waste money on your lawn, garden or field. Soil Test Brochure (PDF). For more information, including a video on how to collect a sample, see "Soil Test Central."
Any New and Local Publications?
Updated Expert Guide
Our regional "Expert Guide" has been updated for members of the news media and others who are looking for an expert to conduct a program or serve as an expert. Expert Guide (PDF)
Using Social Media in Disaster Recovery
An updated 30-page publication that gives best practices and suggestions for using social media in a community following a disaster is available for purchase on Amazon.
Newswriting for Community Leaders
"Newswriting for the Non-Journalist" is a guide to help community leaders and volunteers with media releases and media relations. This popular book from Greene County Extension is now available for purchase online.
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Thank our corporate sponsors
Contributions from these businesses and organizations have helped to maintain MU Extension programs in Greene County during 2013. Learn more about our corporate sponsorship program at Corporate Sponsorships. Our current sponsors include:
Sanford, Lea & Associates, CPA, Springfield, Mo.: 417-886-2220, www.adifferentcpa.com
Master Gardeners of Greene County: http://www.mggreene.org
Greene County Commission, Springfield, Mo.: (417) 868-4112, www.greenecountymo.org
Springfield-Greene County Park Board, Springfield, Mo.: (417) 891-1515, www.parkboard.org.