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Register for Food Preservation Classes
Greene County Extension is hosting a series of three different food preservation classes in partnership with our sponsor, Metro Appliances of Springfield. See the informational flyer or register online. Event Flyer (PDF) | Register online
Plant Sale April 29
The Master Gardeners of Greene County will host their 20th Annual Plant Sale on Saturday, April 29 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Botanical Center. Flyer (PDF)
Give Ozarks May 9
Support the efforts of Greene County Extension by making a donation during the annual campaign organized by the Community Foundation of the Ozarks. Your online donation could result in bonuses or large matching grants for Greene County Extension so any gift is important! | Flyer (PDF) | Direct link for donations
Art and Cultural Heritage Tourism - May 12
This workshop is a hands-on-training to pilot for the "Arts and Cultural Heritage Tourism" curriculum to be released by MU Extension in the fall of 2017. The workshop and curriculum focuses on assessing, developing, designing, implementing, managing and evaluating arts and cultural heritage tourism attractions, events or initiatives from a community standpoint. Informational flyer (PDF) | Online Registration
4-H Night at Springfield Cardinals May 30
4-H members, alumni, families and their friends are invited to join us for 4-H Day with the Springfield Cardinals, Tuesday, May 30 at 6:30. The Cardinals will be playing the Corpus Christi Hooks at Hammons Field. The ticket price of $12 includes a hat. Order forms must be sent with full payment to the University of Missouri Howell County Extension office by May 12.
Community Garden Tour
A tour of several special community gardens in Springfield is being planned. Details and information will be coming soon.
Native Plants Walk
This will include a tour of native flower gardens. Information coming soon.
This is set for July 18 at the Botanical Center and details will be coming soon.
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 Amazon.com 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
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 | Video | Program Brochure (PDF)
Media Releases for the Week
Our weekly media releases about programs and local events can be found online.
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
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.
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, www.greenecountymo.org
Springfield-Greene County Park Board, Springfield, Mo.: (417) 891-1515, www.parkboard.org.