Wildcat Glades Nature Group Releases March 2024 Program List

(Joplin, MO) – This coming March, 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 week of surprise programs covering Missouri’s many cats. 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 from Missouri Southern State University, 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 Thursday during the winter.

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!

Big Cat Week

Various dates starting March 22 | For ages eight and up | Wildcat Park

The cat’s in the cradle here at Wildcat Glades! This March, Wildcat Glades Nature Group is embracing its namesake for National Big Cat Week. Throughout this special week, we’ll feature programs on a variety of Missouri’s frequent felines, from big to small, spotted to striped, and extinct to invasive.

More details are to come, so keep an eye on the Wildcat Glades Facebook page for more information!

Yoga in Nature for Kids

Saturday, March 9 | 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: Natural Wind Mobiles

Wednesday, March 20 | 1:00 to 3:00 pm | For ages seven to 14 | Free to attend | Wildcat Glades Education Cottage

Who doesn’t love the wind? A this month’s Nature Explorers, we’ll be taking it breezy with a natural wind mobile craft! With locally gathered, all-natural materials, everyone can embrace their creativity and harness the power of the wind at this free program.

All participants must pre-register, so reserve your spot by clicking here or emailing colvin@wildcatglades.org.

Preschool Connections: Robins

Wednesday, March 20 @ 10:00 to 11:00 am | Saturday, March 23 @ 1:00 to 2:00 pm | For kids ages three to seven | Free class sponsored by Calvin Cassady | Wildcat Glades Education Cottage

Spring’s come early this year, and the robins are loving it! Join us as we learn about these special springtime birds, read The Robins in Your Backyard by Nancy Carol Williams, sing a rockin’ robin tune, an build a special craft that will make you say, “Cheep, cheep, cheep!”

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

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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