UMass PURCH Students Partner with ReGreen Springfield

The Population-based Urban and Rural Community Health (PURCH) is a 2- week clerkship that offers students from various medical disciplines an opportunity to learn more about healthcare disparities and specific health issues that affect urban and rural communities. Currently, the students in this program consist of medical students from UMASS Medical School, PAs from Bay Path University, and pharmacy students from Western New England University.

Over two weeks in October and November, 2022, four PURCH students will be working with ReGreen Springfield examining the tree canopy and environmental justice issues in the Upper Hill, McKnight and Old Hill Neighborhoods.  The ReGreen Springfield clerkship empowers students to advocate for additional tree planting in Springfield, Ma. This is the fifth year that ReGreen Springfield has participated in this program

This year, students have:

  • Gathered data from the community to help identify social justice disparities and current gaps;
  • Learned how to use  i-Tree software;
  • Formulated an action plan;
  • Attended community meetings;
  • Designed informative flyers for the community;
  • Engaged with the Springfield community about the benefits of tree planting.
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Pruning Workshop – Sat., Dec. 3rd, 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Please Join Us…

For a Free Learn to Prune Trees Workshop!

You are invited to an informational workshop that introduces the basics of tree biology, structure and pruning, which also includes instruction on how to prune newly established trees. This workshop is sponsored by ReGreen Springfield, the City of Springfield Forestry Division, and the Greening the Gateway Cities Program. The classroom and hands-on session will include field exercises on trees in Forest Park, where you can actually practice pruning techniques that will be introduced during the workshop.

There is no charge to participate in this practical program, and you don’t need a green thumb to be part of the fun.  You will learn new skills and practical techniques that you can use on your own property, or as part of a community volunteer tree pruning effort, that will kick off in Spring 2023 in Springfield.


To register please complete the enrollment form via Google at

For questions, or more information, please contact Glen Altro, Greening the Gateway Cities Springfield Coordinator at

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One spot is available for Saturday’s Pollinator Workshop

We have a spot open for the workshop due to a cancellation.  So, there is room for you!  Register below…

Sponsored by ReGreen Springfield, the Greening the Gateway Cities Program, the U.S. Forest Service, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, this four-hour workshop will introduce the basics of installing a pollinator garden in your own yard. Choosing a site for the garden, selecting the appropriate species and construction/planting techniques will be outlined in the workshop. Participants will receive printed resources that will help in the planning of their own garden. This workshop will be followed by the availability of online consultation by the instructors as you develop a plan for your garden. Funded in part by a grant from the New England Grassroots Foundation.

All attendees will receive a Free book on pollinator gardening, a workshop manual and a 2-gallon pollinator plant for your garden! In fact, the exact plants that will be given away can be seen in the photo above.

The workshop is limited to 15 participants, and is being delivered for FREE! Pre-registration is needed to attend this program. To register for the remaining spot, please visit

For more information, please contact

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