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As spring comes, you may want to get out of the house and enjoy Mother Nature with your kids and family. Right now, the Springfield Greene County Park Board is giving you plenty of opportunities to do that. KSMU’s Xiaowen Tan reports.
Bob Nelson, a spokesman for the Park Board, said the upcoming Easter activities are right around the corner.“We book that all out to the Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park, and that will take place from 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday April 16. We will have a number of arts and crafts activities out there, pony rides, Easter bunny, and that event is completely free. We do have an Easter Egg Hunt that’s also happening for kids 3 to 9 years of age at 1 pm”, he said.
For this year’s Earth Day activities, Nelson said the park board is doing a weekend river cleanup and wildflower float.“That’ll happen 1 to 4 on Saturday April 23. We do ask that folks pre-register for that event. And basically volunteers will be out along the James River water trail helping us to clean up the trail”, he said.
Also, the Dickerson Park Zoo is a part of the park board, and Nelson said the zoo is having some spring activities, too.“They are holding their party for the planet and their Enrichment EGGstravaganza, kind of a joint of Earth Day and Easter event for them. That’ll happen from 10 to 2 on Saturday April 23”, he said.
And April is “Children in Nature” Month.“‘Children in nature’ is basically a movement in which nationally we are trying to get kids and families more outdoors to be able to realize the great amenities in your own backyards here in Ozarks and some beyond,” he said.
Nelson said Richard Louv, a nationally known writer, was here last year to talk about the lack of kids getting out in nature and how it’s affecting their everyday lives. Louv said the mental, physical and spiritual health of a society depends on the bond between young people and nature.
For KSMU news, I’m Xiaowen Tan.