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SPRINGFIELD –– University of Missouri Extension’s Master Gardeners of Greene County, AAF of the Ozarks and Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center have partnered to host families for a free gardening event geared toward children.
“Young Sprouts in the Garden” will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, May 21 at Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center at Nathanael Greene|Close Memorial Park, 2400 S. Scenic in Springfield. The event will take place, rain or shine.
“This is a free community event designed to educate and nurture an interest in gardening, wildlife and our environment,” said Christine Chiu, a Master Gardener member and one of the organizers of the event. “We have an amazing selection of hands-on activities, crafts and exhibits where children can learn about plants and nature.”
Various activity stations will offer a chance to plant a seed, see live ladybugs and other beneficial insects, do botany rubbings, and learn about plants, trees, weather, conservation, recycling, vegetables and many other gardening topics. While supplies last, children will receive a take-home goodie bag for participating at 10 or more exhibits. There will also be a raffle for a variety of fun prizes donated by area businesses.
In support of this event, Chipotle Mexican Grill will donate 50 percent of proceeds from purchases made on Monday, May 23, from 4 to 8 p.m., by customers who mention Young Sprouts in the Garden. Participating Chipotle locations are 1211 E. St. Louis St. and 3356 S. Campbell Ave. in Springfield.
For information, call 417-881-8909, email@example.com or check the event’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=195373577174763