Environmental Expeditions Continue in August

IMG_5372PLEASE NOTE: The Environmental Expeditions are continuing in August.  Please see upcoming dates and locations.

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



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/

mass in motion lobospringfield sealFunding for this program is provided by the City of Springfield Department of Health and Human Services and the Mass in Motion program of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.



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Greening the Gateway Cities Offers Trees for Free

Parts of Springfield have been selected as participants in a pilot program, being delivered by the MA Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, the City of Springfield and Regreen Springfield, that will plant new shade trees on private property in an effort to reduce home energy use for heating and cooling.

Many types of trees are available, and will certainly make a big difference in the environmental quality and beauty of the neighborhood.  Trees will be up to eight feet in height, which will help to make an immediate impact on your property.

This program is being offered to most homes in the Old Hill, Upper Hill and McKnight Neighborhoods, and will take place over the next several planting seasons.  Why not take part in this program, which is offered at no cost to you.  Let us take care of the hard work, and you can just relax and enjoy your new tree… and keep your house cooler, the air a bit cleaner and your neighborhood a bit healthier.

To see if you are eligible for one or more trees, please visit https://tinyurl.com/y8e8f2w4


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Regreen Springfield Partners with Berkshire Bank for Xtraordinary Day

41882001054_688f0c8418_oOn June 5th, over 40 volunteers from Berkshire Bank joined Regreen Springfield, the Behavioral Health Network, the City of Springfield Forestry Division and the North End C-3 Community Policing Initiative, joined forces to plant new shade and ornament trees at Gurdon Bill Park in Springfield.  The work day was one of over 70 different projects that were completed on that day, as part of the Bank’s Extraordinary Day, which provided an opportunity for all of Berkshire Bank’s employees to assist in community engagement projects across the country. Also, as part of the day’s activities, two perennial gardens with over 200 plants installed in the Park.

To see more photos of the day’s events, please visit https://bit.ly/2Jk8Zf2

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