Welcome to Regreen Springfield!

Through our tree advocacy efforts, ReGreen Springfield has collaborated with businesses, community organizations, educational partners and government agencies to promote the reforestation of Springfield, improve growing conditions for trees and engage new allies in tree care and monitoring, education and citizen science.  We realize that the strength of our city is found in the neighborhoods. With this as the foundation for our work, we have embarked on an effort to ‘regreen’ the city… one tree at at time.

Please join Regreen Springfield in this reforestation effort by planting a tree in your own yard, helping to plant trees along our streets and in our parks, or donate your time or funds to neighborhood regreening efforts. With your help, Springfield’s urban forest will be restored.

Neighborhood Greening Workshops

COME LEARN & EXPLORE THE BASICS OF TREE CARE AND LANDSCAPING

IMG_0062 2Beginning November 15th, ReGreen Springfield will be offering a FREE 5-SESSION TRAINING PROGRAM which will feature hands-on instruction on making neighborhood greenspace, private properties and other open space more sustainable by proper landscaping. Included in this instruction will be training and instruction on simple techniques that you can learn that will help you get a job in the landscape trade, will provide you will valuable experience and make you more aware of what it takes to be a landscape professional. The free training course will be offered on Wednesday and Thursday evenings and one Saturday for 3 weeks, starting on November 15th.

THERE IS NO CHARGE to participate in this program, and all training materials, tools, transportation fees, safety equipment and exam feeswill be provided to you. Training session will be held at the STCC Business Growth Center, One Federal Street, right across from the main entrance to STCC.

To learn more about the program, and to enroll in the free course, just visit www.regreenspringfield.org/training.

BEGINS NOVEMBER 15th, 2018, 4:00-6:30 PM
One Federal Street, Building 102, 3rd Floor Classroom
Program Dates: November 15, 29, December 6, 8, 13

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Off the Great Outdoors: Scavenger Hunts for Environmental Learning – December & January

huntPOSTPONED DUE TO SNOWFALL AND ICY CONDITIONS. LOOK FOR OUR NEW WINTER EXPEDITIONS COMING IN DECEMBER AND JANUARY!!

Springfield, in partnership with the City of Springfield Dept. Health and Human Services, are developing (3) environmentally based ‘scavenger hunts’ in the city, and will celebrate the kick off on in December, with a Kick-off in Forest Park.  The other ‘hunts’ will be located in natural spaces in other parts of the city. treasurehuntPlease join your friends, family, and neighbors in kicking off this unique program that combines exercise, nature exploration and helps learn about navigation in the great outdoors.

For more information, call 413/523-0014 or send an email to info@regreenspringfield.org

 

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TD Bank Tree Days Regreens Edgewood Street With New Shade Trees

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Regreen Springfield, in partnership with TD Bank, planted 36 new shade trees on Edgewood Street, in the Bay Neighborhood, on Wednesday, October 24th. Over 40 TD Bank employees from Massachusetts worked to plant the new trees, and helped to make the neighborhood a bit greener, healthier and more sustainable. Plus, it now looks a lot more visually appealing, supports wildlife and will help cool the houses on the street.

The City of Springfield Forestry Division of the Parks Department and students from the University of Massachusetts and the Stockbridge School of Agriculture also joined in the planting trees and provided logistical and technical assistance. City Forester Alex Sherman, Assistant Forester Marcus Catlett and the arborists from the Division led the volunteers in getting the trees planted properly.

This was the fourth time that TD and Regreen have partnered to restore the tree canopy in Springfield’s neighborhoods. Over 200 trees have been planted as part of this effort, and the impact has been pronounced, since most of the streets previously had no trees growing on them. Based on calculations compiled by the US Forest Service, the trees that have been planted will provide over $535,000 in energy savings and other benefits over the next 15 years. This will increase as the trees continue to grow toward maturity.

To learn more about the i-Tree software tools that were used by the Forest Service to calculate the benefits, visit http://design.itreetools.org/

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