Food Preservation Summer Classes

Greene County Extension is hosting a series of three different food preservation classes in partnership with our sponsor, Metro Appliances of Springfield. See the informational flyer or register online. Event Flyer (PDF) | Register online

4-H Share the Fun Night April 22

The annual 4-H Share the Fun Night begins at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, April 22 at Willard First Baptist Church, 202 W. Jackson, Willard. Everyone is invited to attend; admission is free. Presentations may consist of either skits or talent numbers. For more information see the registration form (PDF).

Alfalfa Tour April 25

Greene County MU Extension and Mid-Missouri Bank present an "Alfalfa Tour" in Greene County from 4:30 p.m to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 25 on the Rick and Justin Williams farm, 4668 N. Farm Rd. 1, Ash Grove, MO 65604. Dinner will be provided by Mid-Missouri Bank. MU Extension specialists Andy McCorkill and Tim Schnakenberg will give presentations on the Benefits of Alfalfa in Beef Nutrition, Establishment & Management of Alfalfa, Variety Selection, Weed and Insect Control and Hay Harvest Techniques. To register (and space is limited) contact Melanie Wasson at (417) 732-4800 or Information flyer (PDF)

Plant Sale April 29

The Master Gardeners of Greene County will host their 20th Annual Plant Sale on Saturday, April 29 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Botanical Center. Flyer (PDF)

Give Ozarks May 9

Support the efforts of Greene County Extension by making a donation during the annual campaign organized by the Community Foundation of the Ozarks. Your online donation could result in bonuses or large matching grants for Greene County Extension so any gift is important! | Flyer (PDF) | Direct link for donations

Art and Cultural Heritage Tourism - May 12

This workshop is a hands-on-training to pilot for the "Arts and Cultural Heritage Tourism" curriculum to be released by MU Extension in the fall of 2017. The workshop and curriculum focuses on assessing, developing, designing, implementing, managing and evaluating arts and cultural heritage tourism attractions, events or initiatives from a community standpoint. Informational flyer (PDF) | Online Registration

4-H Night at Springfield Cardinals

4-H members, alumni, families and their friends are invited to join us for 4-H Day with the Springfield Cardinals, Tuesday, May 30 at 6:30.  The Cardinals will be playing the Corpus Christi Hooks at Hammons Field.  The ticket price of $12 includes a hat.  Order forms must be sent with full payment to the University of Missouri Howell County Extension office by May 12. 

Pay for Soil Tests Online

Soil testing is available at the Greene County Extension office located in the Botanical Center. As a convenience, the fee can be paid online and the soil sample and contact information can be left with parks staff at the Botanical Center. | Pay online for soil test

GGOB - Fee Data for 2017

During 2017, our team emphasis for the Great Game of Business is increasing attendance in fee-based classes and improving our profit margin by reducing expenses and increasing sponsorships, This report showing the fee data for every class that required registration is one way to have that discussion and to build accountability. Registration Fees and Data (PDF)

Order New Book on Missouri Historic Schools

The "Missouri Directory of Historic and One-Room Schools" has been published and is now available for purchase on, or at the Greene County MU Extension office in Springfield. The book details over 60 of the very best historic and one-room schools in Missouri. The book costs $15.50 and all proceeds benefit the administration of the Greene County Extension office. Order link

How Are We Doing Financially?

Great Game of Business

LEARN THE RULES: Read our rules and guiding documents that impact how Greene County Extension plays the Great Game of Business with our overview document (PDF).

KEEPING SCORE: See our monthly financial scorecard is online so you can see exactly how we are doing financially for the month and the year.

GET IN THE GAME: Read how Greene County Extension is playing the Great Game of Business online here. Our staff conducts a huddle every week.For more information contact David Burton.

Our Monthly Newsletter

Learn what is coming up and what has happened with Greene County Extension programs by reading our monthly newsletter online. Online newsletter

Employee Training Programs

If your business regularly offers programs for employees, as part of ongoing professional development or as an employee incentive plan, these local University of Missouri Extension specialists can offer affordable research-based educational programming. Read more | VideoProgram Brochure (PDF)

Media Releases for the Week

Our weekly media releases about programs and local events can be found online.

Hire a Speaker for Your Program

Need a speaker for your program, seminar or training. Greene County Extension specialists are available for hire on a variety of topics. See Course List

Sign up for Our Weekly Email Newsletter

Informative articles and announcements of MU Extension programs in southwest Missouri are sent to your by email once a week. To subscribe, use this online form or subscribe by texting MUEXTENSION417 to 22828.

Parks and Extension Partnership

Since the beginning of the Springfield Botanical Gardens, Greene County MU Extension has been a vital partner with Springfield-Greene County Parks. Learn more about that partnership and what Greene County Extension offers that makes the Botanical Center such an active and vital location to Springfield and the surrounding area. Parks & Extension Partnership (PDF)

Help with Your Lawn and Garden

Assistance: Master Gardeners of Greene County staff our gardening hotline and can be reached by calling the hotline directly at 417- 874-2963..

Planting Guide: First time gardeners and seasoned professionals can benefit from the “Vegetable Planting Calendar” guide. Read story.

Soil Test: Bring in your soil and make sure you don't waste money on your lawn, garden or field. Soil Test Brochure (PDF). For more information, including a video on how to collect a sample, see "Soil Test Central."

PAY ONLINE IN ADVANCE: Pay in advance for your soil test and then drop your soil off at the Botanical Center any time the facility is open (even weekends). Online advance payment.

Subscribe to Our County Extension Newsletter

Greene County Extension's monthly newsletter is known as the "Reaching Out Report." Subscribe here to receive a monthly email letting you know when the newsletter is published and available to read online.

Call Local Staff Direct

The main office of Greene County Extension is located inside the Botanical Center at Nathanael Greene Park. In addition to our main phone line of 881-8909, the following telephone numbers can be used for direct access.

Maggie Black, Office Manager -- 874-2953

David Burton, Civic Communication Specialist -- 874-2954

Jeff Barber, Housing & Environmental Design Specialist -- 874-2955

Patrick Byers, Horticulture Specialist --  874-2956

Dr. Pam Duitsman, Nutrition Specialist --  874-2957

Master Gardeners Lawn and Gardening Hotline -- 874-2963

Kelly McGowan, Horticulture Educator --  874-2965

Renette Wardlow, Human Development --  874-2966

The Family Nutrition Education Program is located at 2160 W. Chesterfield Blvd. Suite F200, Springfield; phone: 417-886-2059.

How do I volunteer?

Lots of Opportunities

These are volunteer opportunities that provide a learning experience and a wonderful  opportunity to do something that will benefit the residents of Greene County. Intern and Volunteer project list (PDF)

Any New and Local Publications?

Updated Expert Guide

Our regional "Expert Guide" has been updated for members of the news media and others who are looking for an expert to conduct a program or serve as an expert. Expert Guide (PDF)

Using Social Media in Disaster Recovery

An updated 30-page publication that gives best practices and suggestions for using social media in a community following a disaster is available for purchase on Amazon.

Newswriting for Community Leaders

"Newswriting for the Non-Journalist" is a guide to help community leaders and volunteers with media releases and media relations. This popular book from Greene County Extension is now available for purchase online.

Thank our Partners

Contributions from theseorganizations have helped to maintain MU Extension programs in Greene County during:

Greene County Commission, Springfield, Mo.: (417) 868-4112,

Springfield-Greene County Park Board, Springfield, Mo.: (417) 891-1515,



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