Wildcat Glades Nature Group Releases February 2024 Program List

(Joplin, MO) – This coming February, the Wildcat Glades Nature Group, along with other partners, will be hosting a Yoga in Nature event, Preschool Connections programs, their monthly Nature Explorers program, and a special partnership program on Missouri’s invasive plants. Volunteers will also continue their work on the Habitat Restoration project along the trails at Wildcat Park.

Wildcat Park Habitat Restoration Initiative

Various dates throughout the month | Ongoing project

Wildcat Glades Nature Group, in partnership with local students, 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. Workdays are held every other Saturday.

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

KCU Student Trail Workdays

Every other Saturday at Wildcat Park

Students from Kansas City University’s (KCU) Students for a Sustainable Future organization 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, removed graffiti off various surfaces, cleaned up trash, and much more. They have become a staple for the volunteer workforce that keeps Wildcat Park clean for all to enjoy. We are grateful to be the recipients of their time and hard work!

Yoga in Nature for Kids

Saturday, February 10 | 10:30 to 11:30 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 online here or email colvin@wildcatglades.org.

Nature Explorers: Tracks & Snacks

Saturday, February 10 | 1:00 to 2:00 pm | For ages seven to 14 | Free to attend

Who’s hungry for track identification?

At this month’s Nature Explorers, students will be identifying fresh tracks from around the park! After they’ve been identified, everyone will enjoy snacks and watch footage for the animals who have left behind the tracks.

You don’t want to miss this one! All participants must pre-register, so reserve your spot by clicking here or emailing colvin@wildcatglades.org.

Preschool Connections: Tracks

Wednesday, February 14 @ 10:00 to 11:00 am | Saturday, February 17 @ 1:00 to 2:00 pm | For kids ages three to seven | Free class sponsored by Calvin Cassady | Wildcat Glades Education Cottage

Have you ever wondered what animal made the tracks you see in the snow?

At this month’s Preschool Connections, participants will explore the different kinds of tracks found in Wildcat Park and make some of their own as well! After that, everyone will read a story, sing a song, and make a track-tastic craft that’s sure to leave an impression.

Make sure to pre-register your kiddos here or email colvin@wildcatglades.org to reserve their spots.

Stopping the Invasion: Invasive Plant Species in Missouri

Saturday, February 24 | 10:00 am to 12:00 pm | For ages 13 and up | Wildcat Glades Education Cottage |Free to attend

There’s something lurking in your backyard…

Invasive species have taken root in Missouri, and it’s time to fight back! Join Wildcat Glades as they learn how to find, identify, and destroy the invasive species growing all around us with the esteemed Ecological Restorationist Dr. Jason Willand at this free, adult program.

All participants must pre-register online here or by emailing colvin@wildcatglades.org.

About Wildcat Glades Nature Group:

The Wildcat Glades Nature Group is dedicated to protecting the area known as Wildcat Park and the surrounding chert glade environment, habitat, and wildlife by promoting awareness and sustainability, providing education and recreation space and programs, and sponsoring nature-based activities.


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

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