Wildcat Glades Nature Group Releases August 2023 Program List

This August, the Wildcat Glades Nature Group, along with other partners, will be hosting two adult foraging classes, a Yoga in Nature event, Preschool Connections programs, a Nature Explorers program, and an adult program on Animals in Disasters: Awareness and Preparedness. Volunteers will also continue their work on the Habitat Restoration project along the trails at Wildcat Park.

Wildcat Park Habitat Restoration Initiative

Various dates in July | Ongoing project

Wildcat Glades Nature Group, in partnership with MSSU, continues to have work days to remove invasive species from Wildcat Park. Invasive species are detrimental to native plants and wildlife in the Park. Removing the invasive species provides better habitat for plants and animals, and in turn, benefits us. The Restoration Plan is an ongoing project that will be carried out over the next ten years. The work days are completed by Wildcat volunteers, representatives from Missouri Southern State University (MSSU), and Wildcat staff.

If you are interested in becoming involved with the project, please reach out maddie@wildcatglades.org.

Summer Foraging: Confidence with the Basics

August 2 | 6:00 to 8:00 pm | For adults and teens | $25 per attendee| Wildcat Glades Education Cottage

Join Kelly Hock, certified foraging instructor to learn about the basics of foraging. Participants will learn how to identify plants to forage, how to utilize those plants, and how to gain confidence in identification. This will be a hands-on class, and there will be a short hike outside to test participants’ skills.

This program is going to have limited availability and will only be open to those who have pre-registered. To do so, please visit the Wildcat Glades Facebook page, the event’s Signup Genius page, or by emailing maddie@wildcatglades.org.

Nature Explorers: Trees in Wildcat Park

August 9 @ 10:00–11:30 am | August 17 @ 6:00–7:30 pm | For kids ages seven to 14 | Free class sponsored by the Corley Foundation | Wildcat Glades Education Cottage

Trees are one of the most important plants in a forest. They provide shelter, food, and shade to all animals in an ecosystem. Join us to learn about the identification of trees, how they grow, and why they are important. We will talk about trees before heading out onto the trails to identify them!

Pre-registration for this event is required. You can register by visiting the Wildcat Glades Facebook page, emailing maddie@wildcatglades.org, or using our Signup Genius.

Animals in Disasters: Awareness and Preparedness

August 12| 6:00 to 8:00 pm | For older audiences, 13 years+ | Free | Wildcat Glades Education Cottage

Join us for this course designed to increase awareness and preparedness among owners and care providers of pets, livestock, and service animals, and learn how typical hazards affect animals and what can be done by responsible pet owners to reduce the impact of disasters.

Please pre-register for this event by visiting the Wildcat Glades Facebook page, emailing maddie@wildcatglades.org, or using our Signup Genius.

Yoga in Nature for Kids

August 12 | 10:15 to 10:45 am | For ages 4 and older, accompanied by an adult | Free class led by Peaceful Yoga | Wildcat Park Pavilion

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 or email maddie@wildcatglades.org.

Preschool Connections: Hummingbird Migration

August 16 @ 10:00–11:00 am | August 19 @ 1:00–2:00 pm | For kids ages three to seven | Free class sponsored by Calvin Cassady | Wildcat Glades Education Cottage

Hummingbirds are finishing up their nesting cycles and will be preparing to migrate back to their wintering range soon! They need lots of energy for their big trip, and the best way to support them is to provide native plants and/or hummingbird feeders for them. Join us for a story about hummingbirds, a sing-along, and to make your very own hummingbird feeder!

You must pre-register to attend. Sign up by visiting the Wildcat Glades Facebook page, emailing maddie@wildcatglades.org, or using our Signup Genius.

Foraging Hike with Kelly

August 19 | 9:00 to 11:00 am | For adults and teens | $20 per attendee | Wildcat Glades Education Cottage

Kelly Hock is a certified foraging instructor and will take a group of knowledge-hungry participants on a hike through the trails of Wildcat Park. Those who attend will gain a knowledge of wild edibles along the trails system, the ethics of foraging, and how to identify plants.

There are a limited number of slots available for this event. Pre-registration is required. To do so, visit the Wildcat Glades Facebook page, emailing maddie@wildcatglades.org, or using our Signup Genius.


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

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