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/