Wildcat Glades Friends Group Releases April 2023 Program List

This April, the Wildcat Glades Friends Group, along with other partners, will be hosting a Preschool Connections program, a Nature Explorers program, an adult class, and the Earth & Arbor Day Event. Sign up for one below!

Beginner’s Foraging: Confidence with the Basics

April 7 | 5:30 to 7:30 pm | For ages 13 and older | Free to attend | Wildcat Glades Education Cottage

This adult class will be led by Kelly Hock, who is well-versed in the foraging world an has an excellent knowledge of wild edibles. She will be presenting for those interested in beginning foraging and will focus specifically on spring edibles. Attendees will learn about a handful of local, edible plants and will have the opportunity to try some as well.

This class is free to attend but is for adult (ages 13 and older) only. Space is limited, so please pre-register by visiting our Facebook, by visiting here, or by emailing maddie@wildcatglades.org.

Yoga in Nature for Adults

April 8 | 8:30 to 9:30 am | For ages 12 and older | $10 to attend | Wildcat Glades Education Cottage

Led by Amanda, a registered yoga teacher, this beginners’ yoga class is designed to incorporate elements of nature, breathing, and yoga poses. Bring your yoga mat, or a towel, and a reusable water bottle for this beginner’s class.

Space is limited, so reserve your spot today by pre-registering on  our website, on our Facebook page or by emailing maddie@wildcatglades.org.

Yoga in Nature for Kids

April 8 | 10:30 am | For ages 4 and older, accompanied by an adult | Free class | Wildcat Glades Education Cottage

Led by Amanda, a registered yoga teacher, this class is designed to incorporate elements of nature, breathing, and yoga poses specifically for kids. Bring your yoga mat or a towel and a reusable water bottle for this beginner’s class. Yoga is a beneficial exercise for children’s health and even better when it can be done outdoors.

Participants must be pre-registered. Please sign up on our Signup Genius page, Facebook page, or email maddie@wildcatglades.org.

KCU Student Trail Workdays

April 8 | Every other Saturday | For KCU students only; closed group of volunteers | Wildcat Park

Students from Kansas City University – Joplin (KCU) group KCU Students for a Sustainable Future spend every other Saturday at Wildcat Park working on the trails. These future medical professionals have worked with Wildcat Glades volunteers to remove invasive plant species from the trails, remove graffiti off of various surfaces, cleaned up trash, and much more. They have become a staple force for the volunteers that keep Wildcat Park clean for everyone. We are grateful to be the recipients of their time and hard work!

Preschool Program: The Mixed-Up Chameleon

April 12 @ 10:00 to 11:00 am | April 15 @ 1:00 to 2:00 pm | For kids ages three to seven | Free class sponsored by Calvin Cassady | Wildcat Glades Education Cottage

Butterflies are important in so many ways! They pollinate plans, their larva serve as important food sources for many animals, and they are simply beautiful to look at. Join us as we read a story called Butterfly Park and sing a fun song about butterflies. We will also make a special craft that will prove quite useful to butterflies. There will be something special for each child if they attend this event and then come back for the Earth & Arbor Day event on April 22!

Don’t miss out! Register on our Signup Genius, Facebook page, or email us at maddie@wildcatglades.org.

Nature Explorers: Pollinator Power

April 15 @ 4:30 to 5:30 pm| April 17 @ 2:00 to 3:00 pm | For kids ages seven to 14 | Free class sponsored by the Corley Foundation | Wildcat Glades Education Cottage

Pollinators are “the little things that run the world.” Most would think of just bees as pollinators, but there are many interesting animals that help keep food on our plates! Join us to learn about the pollinators living right here in Missouri. We’ll spend some time outdoors looking for pollinators, so please dress appropriately.

You must pre-register on our Signup Genius, Facebook page or by emailing maddie@wildcatglades.org.

Adult Program: Foraging with Bo Brown

April 19 @ 10:30 am to 12:00 pm | April 19 @ 2:30 to 5:00 pm | For adults | $10 to attend | Wildcat Glades Education Cottage

Bo Brown is renowned foraging expert and the writer of the popular Foraging the Ozarks field guide. He has been teaching primitive foraging skills since 1992 and has worked as a wildlife/avian field biologist since 1985. He was an Associate Director with the Ozark Center for Wildlife Research for its 15-year history, served as a naturalist for the Missouri Department on Conservation in Branson for nine years, and is still active in contract fieldwork.

He will be teaching this class over the basics of foraging, and participants will take on Wildcat Park’s trails to learn about some of the local edible plants.

Space is limited and will fill up quickly. Participants must be pre-registered to attend, and can do so by visiting our Signup Genius, Facebook page or emailing maddie@wildcatglades.org.

May the Forest Be With You: Earth & Arbor Day Event

Saturday, April 22 | 10:00 am to 3:00 pm | All ages welcome | Wildcat Glades Park

Come to Wildcat Park and celebrate Earth Day! For this annual event, there will be a native tree giveaway sponsored by Liberty Utilities, a Native Plant Sale hosted by Forest Keeling Nursery, live music, food trucks, and numerous booths staffed by organizations from our community.

This event is a partnership between Wildcat Glades, Chert Glades Missouri Master Naturalists, the Missouri Department of Conservation, the City of Joplin, Joplin Parks & Recreation Department, and Liberty Utilities.

There is no need to register for the event, just head out to the park between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm to enjoy the festivities! If you have any questions, please send them to maddie@wildcatglades.org.


Robin Standridge, Executive Director
417.708.7713 or 417.629.3434, ext. 4540

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