Wildcat Glades Friends Group Releases List of Upcoming Spooktacular Programs

(Joplin, MO) – This October, the Wildcat Glades Friends Group, along with other partners, will be hosting a spooktacular week of educational classes, and an all ages Halloween guided hike! 

Tricks or Treats

October 19 | 6:00 pm | Free for families

Owls are spooky creatures of the night. Sometimes we hear the rustle of their wings as they swoop through the trees searching for a good night’s meal. Sometimes they call softly to each other. Join our friends from the Missouri Master Naturalists at the Wildcat Village to learn how owls live and what they eat.

Space is limited please visit our Facebook page or email lauren@wildcatglades.org to register.

Cave Critters

October 20 | 6:00 pm | Free virtual class

Missouri is known as the Cave State because it has over 7,500 know caves. Inside this unique ecosystem live some critters with interesting adaptations to help them survive. Join us to learn about caves, cave critters, and why we need to protect this unique ecosystem.

You must register to attend and provide a valid email to receive a link to the program. Visit this link to register.

Bats of Missouri

October 21 | 6:00 pm | Free class for preschoolers

Is that a bat? Will it turn into a vampire? Do bats only come out at Halloween? Join us to learn all about the bats of Missouri, what types of food they eat, and what special homes they have. We will read a story, make a craft, and might get to peek at some bats in action at the Wildcat Village. Registration is required and space is limited. To register please visit our Facebook page or email lauren@wildcatglades.org.

Spooky Streams

October 21 | 6:00 pm | Free class for families

What type of creatures lurk near our streams at night? Missouri may not be home to ghouls and goblins but we do have some pretty amazing critters in and near our streams. Join us at the Wildcat Village to learn about our spookiest critters, and what makes them amazing! We will lean about the creepiest of critters and you will have the chance to create your own.

Space is limited and registration required. To register visit our Facebook page or email lauren@wildcatglades.org.

Spider Safari

October 23 | 6:00 pm | Free class for families

Although many people are afraid of spiders, most are harmless to humans. Learn all about these eight-legged predators, find out why they are so important, and see some up close. After a short program, we’ll start a spider safari where we’ll search for them in the dark. This program will be outdoors.  We will meet inside the Shoal Creek Conservation and Education Center. Please bring a flashlight and dress for the weather.

Registration is required, please visit https://mdc-event-web.s3licensing.com/Event/EventDetails/17457.

Ghostly Glades

October 24 | 4:00 to 9:00 pm | Free for all ages

BEWARE THE HAZARDS ON THE GLADE!!! Let’s take a look and see what kind of hazardous things we can find at Wildcat Glades, but not too close, six feet away seems close enough! Come and enjoy an all-ages, educational, guided night hike, a take-home craft, snacks, and some fun at the brand new Wildcat Village. We will be practicing social distancing, limiting our groups to 10 or less (we prefer to keep house hold groups together), and our staff will be sanitizing between groups.

Registration is required, email lauren@wildcatglades.org to reserve your time slot today.


Robin Standridge, Executive Director
Wildcat Glades Friends Group
417.708.7713 or 417.629.3434, ext. 4540

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