Wildcat Glades Nature Group Releases June 2024 Program List

(Joplin, MO) – This coming May, 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 their annual Crawdads at the Creek Fundraiser. They will also continue to work on their Habitat Restoration project along the trails at Wildcat Park.

Wildcat Park Habitat Restoration Initiative & KCU Student Trail Initiative

Various dates throughout the month | Ongoing project

Wildcat Glades Nature Group, in partnership with Missouri Southern State University (MSSU), continues to have work days to remove invasive species out at 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 MSSU, and Wildcat staff. Workdays are held every other Thursday during the Winter.

The Kansas City University’s 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 for all the hard work the KCU students and our volunteers have put in.

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

Crawdads at the Creek

Friday, June 7 | 6:30 to 9:00 pm | Pricing varies | Wildcat Glades Pavilion

This will be the third annual Crawdads at the Creek event held by Wildcat Glades. This fundraiser features a creekside crawdad dinner under a lit event tent. Guests can enjoy live music, a dessert auction, yard games, surprise entertainment, and fellowship with nature while they enjoy a delicious meal! Tickets are $50 per person, or $400 for a table of eight. Drinks will be provided, and alcoholic beverages will be available for additional purchase.

Tickets to this event sold quickly last year, so be sure to purchase yours soon! Get them here.

Yoga in Nature for Kids

Saturday, June 8 | 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: Cicadas

Friday, June 14 | 6:00 to 7:00 pm | For ages seven to 14 | Free event | Wildcat Glades Education Cottage

Does summer have a signature sound? If it did, it’d be the singing of the cicada!

At this month’s Nature Explorers, everyone will be buzzing about the cicada. Come learn about its habitat, hobbies, lifecycle, the importance of this year’s cicadas, and much, much more.

Please make sure to pre-register your kiddos online here or by emailing  colvin@wildcatglades.org.

Preschool Connections: Nests

Saturday, June 15 @ 1:00 to 2:00 pm | Wednesday, June 19 @ 10:00 to 11:00 am | For kids ages three and up | Free class sponsored by Calvin Cassady | Wildcat Glades Education Cottage

Every animal needs a home! For this month’s Preschool Connections, participants will be covering the wonderful world of animal homes. Through a song and story, everyone will learn about burrows, nests, and everything in-between. After the singing is done, everyone will embrace their inner bird and make their own nests. You don’t want to miss this!

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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