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Earth Day 2023





                                                       Annual Earth Day Cleanup at Lake Springfield


The James River Basin Partnership will be hosting their annual Earth Day cleanup on Saturday, April 22, 2023, from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm at Lake Springfield.  Partners for this event include Springfield-Greene County Parks and Recreation, Bass Pro Shops, and the Missouri Department of Conservation.


This is a FREE event open to anyone who would like to get out and make a difference in their community. We will have shoreline, lake, and river cleanup opportunities available. Pre-registration is required and will officially open March 1.


Experienced floaters have the option to float a 4.75-mile section of the James River from Creighton Access to the Southwood Access. Shuttling from Southwood to Creighton Access will be provided. This stretch is limited to 30 boats.


Paddlers will also launch from the Lake Springfield Boathouse to paddle to remote shorelines along the lake.


Bring your own boat or call and reserve one of ours for FREE. A limited number of canoes are available on a first come first serve basis, so don’t delay. All on-the-water participants will be required to wear life jackets.


If paddling isn’t your thing, grab a trash bag and walk the shorelines of Lake Springfield and the James River. We will have multiple shoreline cleanup opportunities available including the James River Greenway Trail of Honor, Tailwaters Access, and Clay Henshaw Memorial Access. 


Trash bags and gloves will be provided. 


To register, please visit:  For questions, please call Project Manager Todd Wilkinson at (417) 836-4847 or email at  


For more information on our other programs and events, please visit our website at


The James River Basin Partnership, formed in 1997, is an established Springfield, Missouri 501.c.3 that works to improve and protect our local water quality through various projects, programs, and education outreach.

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Earth Day Lessons and Resources:

Resources specifically for teaching about Climate Change:


From North American Association Environmental Education (NAAEE)

From World Wildlife Fund:

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