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Regreen Springfield has embarked on an important initiative that will bring STEM and environmental learning opportunities to youth and Springfield’s younger residents through programming in our city’s parks, that will deliver active living programming and improve neighborhood resiliency.
Recognizing the important role of parks in community health, safety and wellbeing, the Safe Sumer parks Program will provide summer programming that engages youth around various community and environmental issues.
This effort is the result of a partnership between the City of Springfield Parks Department and the Department of Health and Human Service, MASS in Motion, the US Forest Service and UMass/Amherst. Each session will be held in one of Springfield’s public parks, and lunch will be available to all Springfield school aged youth via the Food, Friends and Fun Program and the Springfield School’s Summer Food Service Program.
The program is free of charge, and is open to ages 10-17 years old. No advanced registration is needed. Free lunch is provided to participants.
If you need more information, please call 413/523-0014 or visit www.regreenspringfield.org/safesummer
**PLEASE NOTE THAT SOME DATES AND LOCATIONS HAVE CHANGED**
PROGRAM DATES, LOCATIONS AND ADVENTURE TOPICS
NOTE: ALL SESSIONS ARE HELD FROM 9:30 AM – 2:30 PM unless noted.
SESSION #9 – August 16, 2018 at Kenefick Park *NOTE NEW DATE*
Science Exploration Adventure
Learn how to have fun while studying Springfield’s urban forest environment
This session will provide tips for how youth can continue to explore the natural world around them throughout the year.
SESSION #10 – August 21, 2018 at Myrtle Street Park, Indian Orchard *NOTE NEW DATE*
Landscape Design Exercise and Planting at the Park
This includes a hands-on ‘charette,’ or landscape design and planning event, that will create a plan for a new planting area at the playground. Later in the day, we will plant the first phase of the landscape project.
To find the specific location of each park, please visit http://www.springfield-ma.gov/park/index.php?id=park-facilities
All park locations are serviced by PVTA bus routes. For information visit http://www.pvta.com/
Please Join Us For Our Harvest Celebration…
Please come join us for our annual fall harvest event that we will be holding at Appleseed Orchard. All friends and family are welcome to help with this event. .
Please come join us on October 21st from 12:00 NOON – 2:00 PM and celebrate our years harvest.
This season has produced apples, pears, blueberries, and cherries. We will be harvesting apples at the event and bringing additional fruits from local orchard for eating and sharing. There is no charge for this event.
Appleseed Orchard is maintained by volunteers such as yourself, so come learn how you can join us as we continue to make the orchard flourish. Your help will be beneficial to us as we will continue to plant new trees.
The Orchard is located at Locust and Rifle street at Johnny Appleseed Park.
To learn more, visit www.regreenspringfield.org
Please Join Us For a Community Tree Planting Day – Wednesday, October 25th
Please plan join Regreen Springfield and Keep Springfield Beautiful as we engage in a community tree planting, to help regreen the city, one tree at a time.
Date and Time: October 25th from 8:30AM-2:30PM
This event will be held on Albemarle Street in the Upper Hill Neighborhood. This event will include the planting of over 50 trees, a free lunch, and community engagement!
Along with yourself, this event will include volunteers from Regreen Springfield, Keep Springfield Beautiful, and students from the Springfield area.
To learn more and to let us know you can help out, visit www.regreenspringfield.org/planting