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.

Off the Great Outdoors: Scavenger Hunts for Environmental Learning

huntCelebrate the Summer Season by Heading Out On a Great Outdoor Adventure Scavenger Hunt…
Social Distancing as You Learn Along the Way!

CLICK HERE for a Video Introduction

ReGreen Springfield, the Springfield Department of Health and Human Services, the Greening the Gateway Cities Program and the US Forest Service have created (4) environmentally based ‘scavenger hunts’ in the city, for folks of all ages. These ‘scavenger hunts’ are located in natural spaces across Springfield. The idea is to go out, explore the great outdoors and learn a bit about the natural world at the same time. For more information, call 413-523-0014.

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GET STARTED ON THE ADVENTURES

Why not get out and take part in the outdoor adventures that we have available in the Abbey Brook Watershed, Van Horn Park, and Forest Park. Just follow these simple steps on your smartphone…

  1. In order to get started, just click one of the links below to find the starting location for any of the individual hunts, on Google Maps.  
  2. Navigate to the starting location, and then just navigate to the START, using the Google Maps app, and begin your adventure.
  3. Visit each location on the map, and read a bit about the natural element that you find at each location on Google Maps
  4. Visit each location, and when you are done, visit http://regreenspringfield.org/contests/ and submit your information to receive a Certificate of Completion!

VISIT THESE ADVENTURES SOON…

Van Horn Park West Expedition -Visit https://bit.ly/2CzhKiT

Forest Park Expedition – Visit https://bit.ly/3eq7BCg

Abbey Brook Watershed Expedition – Visit https://tinyurl.com/y65n3mwl

Van Horn Park East Expedition -Visit https://tinyurl.com/y6zn5dc3

TIPS FOR KEEPING SAFE OUTDOORS

  1. Due to COVID-19, wear a safety mask at all times.
  2. Maintain a safe social distance of at least 6 feet from all other people.
  3. Check the weather forecast before you leave the house, to make sure it will be safe for you to be outside.
  4. Apply insect repellent and sunscreen before you leave the house, and bring some along with you.
  5. Bring along a bottle, canteen, or ‘camelback’ of water, and make sure you drink plenty, especially on hot summer days.
  6. Be on the lookout for poison ivy (here is a video to learn more), and be careful to avoid it.
  7. Watch for ticks and other insect pests, and make sure to check your body regularly (for more information, check out this video)
  8. Make sure that you can see the trail at all times.
  9. Tell others where you are going and when you expect to be back in case you lose your way in the woods.
  10. Bring at least one friend along, and stay with your outdoor companion.
  11. Wear proper footwear (a pair of sneakers and a high pair of socks), and loose fitting clothing.
  12. For more information on staying safe outdoors during the COVID-19 crisis, visit this link from the CDC.

 


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Online Tree Learning Links

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During this uneasy time of social distancing and staying safe at home, it can be a great time for learning, and we at ReGreen Springfield want to provide some tools for you to share with you and your family.

We’ve gathered a list of online resources for using to introduce  trees and the natural world via the web. These have been assembled in partnership with the Morton Arboretum and the Arboretum at Forest Park.

  • The Illinois Department of Natural Resources offers hundreds of brochures, fact sheets, guides, and reports designed to inform citizens, educators, and business people about Illinois’ natural resources. Most of the publications are free of charge and may be ordered.[http://www.dnr.state.il.us/publications/index.htm]
  • Conservation Education – Website developed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service. [http://www.fs.usda.gov/]
  • The Michigan Forests Forever online Teachers Guide is good source for teachers wanting to teach about trees. The site is sponsored by Michigan State University Extension, the Michigan Forest Resource Alliance, and the Michigan Forest Association. [http://mff.dsisd.net/]
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Fall Foliage Tree Celebration at Gunn Square

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Join us for a free old fashioned barbecue, entertainment and giveaways for the whole family! Have some fun and engage in your community!
Hosted by Regreen Springfield and Greening the Gateway Cities Springfield, this neighborhood event will be held on Saturday, October 19, 2019 from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

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