Apply now: EXCCEL Leadership Academy

Our EXCCEL program develops leaders living in western Greene County. Participants in the program also build their resume and expand their personal network. The program is being conducted by University of Missouri Extension in Greene County in partnership with the Greene County Commonwealth. ENROLLMENT DEADLINE IS AUG. 28. Information and application (PDF) | Informational brochure

SW Missouri Regional Gardener Field Day Aug 19

Join the University of Missouri Extension for a fun and educational gardening field day in Springfield on Aug. 19. Master Gardeners that attend will receive five hours of advanced training. Topics include tips on growing, digging and dividing hostas, a tour of the Springfield Botanical Gardens and butterfly house,growing blackberries and native butterflies. Pre-registation is required. Program Flyer (PDF) | Purchase tickets

View Solar Eclipse at Botanical Gardens Aug 21

On Monday, Aug. 21, a solar eclipse will be visible when the moon passes between the earth and the sun. All of Missouri will see the moon cover at least 90 percent of the sun at the peak of the eclipse. To view livestreaming, and find scheduled events, logistical tips, videos and more, visit In Missouri, the moon will begin its transit across the sun shortly after 11:30 a.m. Totality will occur after 1 p.m. Exact times and durations depend on your location in the state available on this interactive map. There is a free watching event planned at the Springfield Botanical Center starting at 11 a.m. on Aug. 21. For more information see the Springfield Eclipse Event flyer (PDF).

Agroforesty Workshop Aug. 30

Lincolun University and MU Extension will offer a agroforesty workshop from 1 p.m to 4 p.m., August 30 at the Southwest Center near Mt. Vernon. For complete details and registration informat see our program flyer. (PDF)

Pizza and Garden Tour Aug. 31

Tour three gardens and finish with a tour of Millsap Farms north of Springfield on Aug. 31 (where you can choose to order and eat a pizza). First tour stop begins at 4 p.m. at the Wesley United Methodist Church community garden and then moves to a home garden, followed by the community gardens at The Fairbanks and ending with a tour of Millsap Farms. Ticket Order Form (PDF)Purchase Tickets online.

Fourth Annual Garlic Festival Sept. 7

The fourth annual Garlic Festival will be held Thursday, Sept. 7 at the Springfield Botanical Center. Event includes presentation on garlic production (choosing varieties, planting, caring for, harvesting and storage), a presentation on the health benefits of garlic, presentation on the performance of 32 garlic strains in southwest Missouri, garlic tasting, and several different strains will be available for sale in time for fall planting.  Purchase tickets online | Registration form (PDF)

Salute to Century Farms Sept. 25

This annual event is planned for Monday, Sept. 25 at the Round Barn Event Center near Ash Grove. New this year is a deeply discounted ticket price for Century Farm owners and a late-afternoon free educational workshop designed especially for families that own a Century Farm. Century Farm owners can use this form to register and pay by check. General public registration and ticket purchases for this event can be done online. | Event Flyer (PDF)

Fall Food Preservation Camp Oct. 7

Our annual fall food preservation camp will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.. Saturday, Oct. 7 at the Botanical Center. Lindsey Stevenson, a nutrition specialist with MU Extension, will cover food preservation by the following methods: dehydration, freezing, pressure canning and pickling. Register Online

Greene County Commission Ag Tour Oct. 27

The second annual Greene County Commission Ag Tour will be held Oct. 27.

Sign up for Our Weekly Email Newsletter

Informative articles and announcements of MU Extension programs in southwest Missouri are sent by email once a week. To subscribe, use this online form or text MUEXTENSION417 to 22828.

Double-Up SNAP Dollars

It is possible for SNAP recipients to double-up food dollars at Missouri farmer's markets, including three in Springfield. Learn more with this informational flyer. Double-Up (PDF)

News Media and Society

The topic of bias in the news media is not new and neither is the healthy discussion of the role of news media in society. David Burton with MU Extension has been leading public issue forums on this topic since 2003. He has collected and kept data from program attendees and online survey takers from 2003, 2005, 2007, 2010, 2012, 2015 and is now collecting data for a report in 2017 using the same National Issue Forums book as a guide (get a copy here). Collecting input this summer will provide a multi-year view of the publics changing view on this topic and how to best deal with it. To participate please review the moderator's guide and consider doing a forum with your friends or community organization. Download our guide (PDF) and then answer our online survey.

Feedback on the Southwest Region News Service

We want to hear from you and find out how our Southwest Region News Service program has helped you and how we can improve. Please provide input using one of our online polls. Please provide your input by respond to our media survey or general public survey.

Pay for Soil Tests Online

Soil testing is available at the Greene County Extension office located in the Botanical Center. As a convenience, the fee can be paid online and the soil sample and contact information can be left with parks staff at the Botanical Center. | Pay online for soil test

GGOB - Fee Data for 2017

During 2017, our team emphasis for the Great Game of Business is increasing attendance in fee-based classes and improving our profit margin by reducing expenses and increasing sponsorships, This report showing the fee data for every class that required registration is one way to have that discussion and to build accountability. Registration Fees and Data (PDF)

Order New Book on Missouri Historic Schools

The "Missouri Directory of Historic and One-Room Schools" is now available for purchase on or at the Greene County MU Extension office in Springfield. The book details over 60 of the very best historic and one-room schools in Missouri and was recently named the "Bound Book of the Year" by the North Central Region of the North American County Agriculture Extension Agents. The book costs $15.50 and all proceeds benefit the administration of the Greene County Extension office. Order link

Fall Fundraising Campaign Being Planned

Council is busy working on the fall fundraising campaign. Draft letter (PDF) | 2017 Giving form (PDF)

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 monthly financial scorecard is 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 week.For more information contact David Burton.

Our Monthly Newsletter

Learn what is coming up and what has happened with Greene County Extension programs by reading our monthly newsletter online. Online newsletter

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 | VideoProgram Brochure (PDF)

Hire a Speaker for Your Program

Need a speaker for your program, seminar or training. Greene County Extension specialists are available for hire on a variety of topics. See Course List

Parks and Extension Partnership

Since the beginning of the Springfield Botanical Gardens, Greene County MU Extension has been a vital partner with Springfield-Greene County Parks. Learn more about that partnership and what Greene County Extension offers that makes the Botanical Center such an active and vital location to Springfield and the surrounding area. Parks & Extension Partnership (PDF)

Help with Your Lawn and Garden

Assistance: Master Gardeners of Greene County staff our gardening hotline and can be reached by calling the hotline directly at 417- 874-2963..

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."

PAY ONLINE IN ADVANCE: Pay in advance for your soil test and then drop your soil off at the Botanical Center any time the facility is open (even weekends). Online advance payment.

Subscribe to Our County Extension Newsletter

Greene County Extension's monthly newsletter is known as the "Reaching Out Report." Subscribe here to receive a monthly email letting you know when the newsletter is published and available to read online.

Call Local Staff Direct

The main office of Greene County Extension is located inside the Botanical Center at Nathanael Greene Park. In addition to our main phone line of 881-8909, the following telephone numbers can be used for direct access.

Maggie Black, Office Manager -- 874-2953

David Burton, Civic Communication Specialist -- 874-2954

Jeff Barber, Housing & Environmental Design Specialist -- 874-2955

Patrick Byers, Horticulture Specialist --  874-2956

Dr. Pam Duitsman, Nutrition Specialist --  874-2957

Master Gardeners Lawn and Gardening Hotline -- 874-2963

Kelly McGowan, Horticulture Educator --  874-2965

Renette Wardlow, Human Development --  874-2966

The Family Nutrition Education Program is located at 2160 W. Chesterfield Blvd. Suite F200, Springfield; phone: 417-886-2059.

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. Intern and Volunteer project list (PDF)

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.

Thank our Partners

Contributions from theseorganizations have helped to maintain MU Extension programs in Greene County during:

Greene County Commission, Springfield, Mo.: (417) 868-4112,

Springfield-Greene County Park Board, Springfield, Mo.: (417) 891-1515,



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