Conservation

Conservation is a state of harmony between men and land. - Aldo Leopold

Wildcat Glades is home to some of the last surviving chert glades in the world and is next to the biologically rich Shoal Creek. Our mission revolves around conserving, educatiing, and protecting these unique resources. 

OUR MISSION: We Guide Learning. Live What We Teach. Nurture Respect For Nature and Thrive Outdoors.

What is a Chert Glade?
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What is a Chert Glade?

Chert glades are a globally unique habitat found primarily in Southwest Missouri, in the Wildcat Park area of Joplin. There are approximately 60 acres of this habitat left; 27 acres are within Wildcat Park.

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What are Rain Gardens?
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What are Rain Gardens?

Create your own rain garden and impact the area's water quality.

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The Benefits of Native Plants
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The Benefits of Native Plants

At the Wildcat Glades we strive to protect and plant those species of plants that have proven to coexist with the regional ecosystem.

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The Importance of Pollinators
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The Importance of Pollinators

With pollinators living in every kind of habitat in the state we must exercise good stewardship of any part of the earth that we can impact.

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Why Recycling Matters
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Why Recycling Matters

Reduce. Reuse. Recycle.

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Managing Lands the Smart Way
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Managing Lands the Smart Way

Managing our lands to benefit both people and wildlife is sometimes challenging, but not impossible.

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Shaping a Healthy Climate
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Shaping a Healthy Climate

Climate change threatens the birds and wildlife we see every day.

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Reducing Your Carbon Footprint
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Reducing Your Carbon Footprint

It's easier than you think to make a difference.

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Spring River Watershed
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Spring River Watershed

The Spring River Watershed totals 2,271 square miles.

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Unique Species at Wildcat Glades
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Unique Species at Wildcat Glades

The small species that are greatly effected by our conservation efforts.

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Connect with Missouri Master Naturalists
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Connect with Missouri Master Naturalists

The Missouri Master Naturalists are a group of volunteers sponsored by the Missouri University Extension and the Missouri Department of Conservation.

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Wildcat Stream Team #3714
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Wildcat Stream Team #3714

A stream team partner since 2008.

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