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Master Beekeepers - Beginners Class Oct. 7

The Master Beekeepers program was created by University of Missouri specialists and taught by local experienced beekeepers. Our next “Basic Beekeeping for Beginners” is Friday, October 7 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Botanical Center. Informational Flyer (PDF) | Register ONLINE

Botanical Center will be "Car Free" Aug. 23-26

The main entrance to the Springfield Botanical Gardens at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park will be closed to vehicular traffic due to a railway construction project Aug. 23-26. The Botanical Center will remain open and the gardens and grounds are accessible via the South Creek Greenway trail. Please be considerate of businesses nearby. Trailhead Parking is available at McDaniel Park at 2405 S. National Avenue (National Avenue and Sunset Street),Tal's Trailhead at 3351 S. Kauffman Road, and the Volunteer Nature Trail section at 4680 W. Rountree Road. Limited parking may be available at the American Legion Post 639, south of the park on Scenic Ave. Organizations inside the Botanical Center may have limited operational hours to call ahead.

GET TICKETS: Salute to Century Farms Sept. 26

Join area supporters of agriculture and Greene County Extension on Monday, Sept. 26 at the Round Barn Event Center (between Ash Grove and Willard) as we recognize four Greene County farms that have remained in the same family for over 100 years. There will be great food, musical entertainment, recognition of Century Farm families, and a live benefit auction. The new Vice Chancellor of MU Extension and Engagement, Dr. Marshall Stewart, will also be in attendance. Details and Order Form (PDF) | Order Tickets ONLINE

SERVE: Run for a Seat on Extension Council

Greene County residents can serve their community by running for a seat on the Greene County Extension Council. We are especially seeking MU alumni or individuals that make use of Greene County Extension services. Information on role of council (PDF) | Nomination form (PDF)

Oral History Festival, One-Room School Reunion, and Lifestyle Expo

Learn how to collect an oral history at our first "Oral History Festival and One-Room School Reunion." Registration is required for the festival portion and includes cost of materials and, for the first 25 to register, a Gray-Campbell Farmstead t-shirt. Then stay for the One-Room School Reunion, in conjunction with the 1860s Lifestyle Expo. Tours of Liberty School, special exhibits highlighting Greene County one-room schools, period math quizzes, a spelling bee, and more. Register by calling Greene County Extension at 881-8909. Date: Sat., Sept. 17; Time: Oral History Festival 9-11 a.m.; Reunion 11:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Fee: $10/Oral History Festival; Free/Reunion

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 in a box at the office any time the Botanical Center is open, including weekends.   Pay online for soil test

Media Releases for the Week

Our weekly media releases about programs and local events can be found online.

Sign up for Our Weekly Email Newsletter

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

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.

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 Monday at 3:15 p.m. and our Council plays the game during regular council meetings each month. For more information contact David Burton.

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 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 | FY 2015 in Review (PDF) | Donation Card (PDF)

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 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)

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 | VideoSee Course List

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 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,

Master Gardeners of Greene County:

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

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



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