Daily Archives: March 3, 2012

Chad Killingsworth (Triple Crown of Hiking): The GO: Gettin’ Out Series Program March 21

Chad Killingsworth (Triple Crown of Hiking) *March 21, 2012

The GO: Gettin’ Out program series is designed to provide the general public with information on where to go and what to do in nature. We will engage in slide presentations and discussions on monthly outdoor topics to learn where and how to connect with nature around the Ozarks and beyond! Sue Schuble will organize the free programs.

All programs begin at 6:30pm at the Botanical Center, 2400 S. Scenic, Springfield, MO 65870; 417.891.1515. (Except the two starred (*) on March 21 & June 6, they will meet at Valley Water Mill Watershed Center.)

*March 21 – Chad Killingsworth (Triple Crown of Hiking): Chad will present a program on his Triple Crown feat of through-hiking the three major trails in the US—Appalachian, Pacific Crest and Continental Divide Trails. Discover what he carried, what he ate and who he met along the way.

Apr. 11 – Springfield-Greene Co. Parks: Discover all about your parks and what they have to offer for you and your family this summer. Outdoor Intiatives has a varied schedule for nature-minded individuals.

May 9 – Northwest Arkansas: This section of Arkansas is definitely nature’s playground! Hiking and backpacking trails, wildlife viewing, waterfalls and floating are just some of the outdoor activities available in “the Natural State.”

*June 6 – Parks Equestrian Center and Dude Ranching: Learn about our new Equestrian Center and what it has to offer. “Ride along” with Sue Schuble as she presents her experiences on a working dude ranch in Colorado.

July 18 – MO Natural Areas: Missouri has 180 designated natural areas that are hidden gems, recognizing outstanding biological and geological features with a great biodiversity of plants and animals. We will visit a few of the most spectacular areas around the Ozarks.

Aug. 8 – Pantanal, Brazil: The Pantanal of south-central Brazil is the world’s largest wetland, teeming with interesting animals, birds and people. Join Sue Schuble as she takes you on a trip through the heart of the Pantanal and learn what makes it such a special place.

Sept. 12 – MDC Conservation Areas: The Missouri Department of Conservation owns hundreds of parcels of land within the state that Missourians can use for free! Learn where these unique places are and how to enjoy recreational opportunities available such as hiking, biking, hunting, fishing, canoeing and camping.

Oct. 10 – Arctic National Wildlife Area: Join Sue Schuble as she explores “America’s Serengeti” by canoe along the north shore of Alaska. Learn about the Eskimo and Athabascan cultures, animals and plants of this wild expanse.

Nov. 7 – National Parks: The United States boasts 58 truly remarkable National Parks and Sue Schublehas visited them all. She will share some of her memorable experiences and pictures while exploring ourParks and let you decide if preserving these special placesisn’t one of America’s best ideas!

Dec. 5 – Ely, MN in Winter: Discover a smorgasbord of outdoor winter activities in the land of snow and ice! Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and dog sledding combined with learning about wolves should whet your appetite for going north in the winter!

Please call the Park Office 864-1049 or Botanical Center 891-1515 to register for these FREE programs prior to the program dates. If necessary you can “walk-in” at the door. Again, the programs begin at 6:30 p.m. so mark your calendar today so you don’t miss any!

Note from George: Sue is a member of Friends of the Garden and a friend. I have heard her speak a number of times and always enjoy her evening topics. Once you have heard her present a topic you will want to go back for more! Mark your calendar with the program dates now.

Major and Marthe Close Honored as Leaders by Greene County Extension

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Greene County Extension Council honored three individuals Feb. 27 during its annual meeting by adding their names to the University of Missouri Extension’s “Leader’s Honor Roll.”

Among the honorees were Major and Marthe Close, driving forces behind the creation of the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center and the headquarters for Greene County Extension.

“Due to a very special gentleman named Major Close, we can be thankful for the construction of this great landmark and an extraordinary beautiful place to house Extension.  Major and Martha, you are truly friends to Extension whom I highly admire and respect for all you have done and continue to do for this community,” said Gaylord Moore, a retired horticulture specialist with Greene County Extension during his introduction of the Closes.

According to Moore, as early as 1994, Master Gardeners received permission from the Springfield-Greene County Parks Board to develop the MG demonstration gardens.

In 1998 the 55 acre Close Memorial park was made possible and established in cooperation with the Springfield-Greene County Park Board through a donation from the C.M. Close family. Major Close had a vision for the property at the time of the purchase.  His love for nature, trees, gardens and the great natural beauty of the Ozarks prompted his decision to look into the future and dream about a botanical center.

“I remember very distinctly the time Major came into my office and introduced the idea of a botanical center that could include a permanent residence for Extension.  Major was aware of the plan of the Greene County Commission’s plan to vacate the property at 833 Boonville. As a result of Major and wife, Martha’s visionary efforts, their love for the community, and unlimited respect from all who know them, many partnerships were formed to move this effort forward for the community,” said Moore.

Moore also extended thanks to Friends of the Garden, the Greene County Commission, Springfield-Greene County Parks Board, and other organizations, including MU Extension, who made the Botanical Center and gardens happen.

“Each County extension office has an opportunity each year to nominate a person who has made contributions of time and service in developing and carrying out extension programs,” said David Burton, civic communication specialist and county program director for the Greene County Extension Center. “This year in Greene County we were able to place three people on the honor roll list.”

Each honoree was awarded a certificate signed by the president of the University of Missouri during the ceremony. Over the past 30 years, nearly 6,000 Missourians have been added to the University of Missouri Extension Leader’s Honor Roll.

New council members were sworn in by Greene County Clerk Richard Struckoff and several 4-H members also gave demonstrations after the dinner and awards ceremony (videos available at www.youtube.com/MUExtension417).

For more information on Greene County Extension Center, visit them online at http://extension.missouri.edu/greene or call the office at 417-881-8909.

EVENT PHOTOS AVAIALBLE: Download photos from the annual meeting, including pictures of the award recipients, at www.flickr.com/Muextension417.

Gaylord Moore presents the award to Marthe and Major Close

Information and photos provided by David Burton MU Extension Greene County