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Donate $30, Get a Book of Your Choice

During December, individuals making a donation of $30 or more to the Greene County Extension Council can select one of five unique books as a seasonal gift. Pick from these books: “From Seed to Harvest and Beyond: Garden Journal and Calendar;” “A Driving Tour of One-Room Schools in the Ozarks,” “A History of Rural Schools in Greene County,” “Seasonal and Simple: A Guide for Enjoying Fresh Fruits and Vegetables” or “Weed and Brush Control for Forages, Pastures and Noncropland.” More information


Name a Day in Honor of a Friend

This holiday season, honor a friend or family member by having a day at the Greene County Extension Center named in their honor. Individuals donating $250 or more can select the date they want to be named in their honor or in honor of someone else. Special days will be recognized on the organization's website, the county calendar, on social media, in print, and on signage at the office. Honorees will also receive a special certificate recognizing the honor. More information | Donate to Greene County Extension |  Donation Card (PDF)

Agriculture Programs in Southwest Missouri

Download our master list of University of Missouri Extension agriculture and horticulture programs planned for this winter and spring. The list grows daily and is updated here each week. Ag Program List (PDF)

Master Beekeeper Class Jan. 14, 2017

"Introduction to Bees and Beekeeping" is the first class in the new Master Beekeeper certification program being offered by University of Missouri Extension. Dan Crooper of West Plains will be teaching this class at the Botanical Center on Jan. 14. Cost of the class instruction and book is $61 per person. Learn more and register online | Informational flyer (PDF)

Sign-up Now: Master Gardener Core Training Begins in February

The Master Gardener core training sessions will be held Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., starting Feb. 16 and running through April 6. Most of the classes will be held at the Botanical Center. A total of 13 three-hour sessions taught by trained professionals and will cover horticulture principles and practices. The cost to attend the classes is $150 per person or $255 for couples sharing a textbook.  If interested in the training or for more information, contact Kelly McGowan, horticulture educator with MU Extension, at 874-2965 or by email at

Order New Book on Missouri Historic Schools

The "Missouri Directory of Historic and One-Room Schools" has been published and 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. The book costs $15.50 and all proceeds benefit the administration of the Greene County Extension office. More information | Order link

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

Private Pesticide Applicator Training March 15

Persons needing to get or renew a Private Pesticide Applicator License can do so at the Greene County Extension office. A video training can be scheduled (two-hour video) or you can attend our in-person class from 1 4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 15 at the Botanical Center. More information | Registration

Leadership Online For Today

New online leadership program available to southwest Missouri residents. Learn more.

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

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)

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.

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 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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