in learning and having fun with the Master Gardeners of Greene County's Young Sprouts in the Garden! It is held annually in conjunction with Friends of the Garden's Butterfly Festival.
There will be hands-on gardening adventures for children of
, such as our Ladybug Station, the Water Wall, Life Cycle of a Butterfly. We’ll be making seedling pots, “Grow Hair” pots, learning about bee pollen, making butterfly feeders and bird feeders from pine cones.
Visit the Roston Native Butterfly House and Caterpillar Petting Zoo to get an up-close look at the butterfly and moth life cycles. Hundreds of volunteers raise and care for thousands of caterpillars, moths and butterflies throughout the year to make this unique exhibit possible.
Children ten and under are invited to walk the stage in the Pollinator Costume Contest at 11 AM. Come dressed as your favorite butterfly, caterpillar or other pollinator and register at the welcome tent by 10:45 AM. The contest is followed by a Pollinator Parade made up of all the contestants.
All ages are needed to help count butterflies at the Kickapoo Edge Prairie with Ric Mayer of the Missouri Prairie Foundation and Dorothy Thurman, Roston Native Butterfly House Docent. The numbers are recorded to monitor butterfly populations each year. Meet at the welcome tent at 1 PM. to participate.
Purchase unique outdoor home and garden items, get lost in a story as read by the Springfield-Greene County Library District and watch in awe as The Instars perform their Butterfly Magic Show.
admission to the widely-acclaimed Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden and
tours of the historic Gray/Campbell Farmstead and Liberty School.
Make it an all day adventure. Bring a picnic lunch. Have fun on us!