By Jennifer Ailor and Barbara Lucks, OS Schoolcraft Chapter

Our annual spring meeting will be hosted by our Schoolcraft Chapter, and will be unlike any Ozark Society gathering you’ve attended in the past.  It will be May 18th-19th, and all Ozark Society chapters and members are invited. Saturday’s events will take place at the Darr Agricultural Center at Missouri State.   The board meeting will be in the morning, with an option for non-board members to attend a native plant sale.  There will be a catered lunch exclusive to Ozark Society members (see Eventbrite link to reserve).   In the afternoon, nationally known sustainability and conservation author Doug Tallamy will present “A Conversation with Doug Tallamy.” In addition, Springfield Environmental Services will present its yard ethic program.

Post-meeting, there’s more: two campsites highlighting spectacular member properties, landscapes and conservation best practices; a potluck in a barn with musical entertainment and maybe even some dancing; a possible reappearance of Henry Schoolcraft himself; and the option of a tour Sunday afternoon of Tumbling Creek Cave and Ozark Underground Laboratory where they study groundwater and land use.  For the Cave tours, once again we’ll be asking for a head count. Be sure to get this on your calendars.  More details are at and reservations for the Special Lunch can be made at: