Programs & Events

Upcoming Programs

We offer a wide variety of events and programs for all ages. OUR MISSION: We Guide Learning. Live What We Teach. Nurture Respect For Nature and Thrive Outdoors.

 All programs are held at Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center, unless otherwise stated, and most require pre-registration.  You may pre-register by calling us at (417)782-6287, stopping by to do it in person, or by emailing your information to  We accept walk-ins, but due to limited capacity for most programs, we cannot guarantee that space will be available. Children under the age of 3 are free. As a courtesy, we request that cancellations be received by noon the day before the program. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

If you are emailing to register, please include the following information:

  • Name and ages of all participants
  • Phone
  • Email address
  • Name of program you would like to register for
  • Date of program
  • Are you a member of the Audubon Center?

Program Prepayment and Cancellation Policy: Pre-payment may be done on-site by cash or check, or you may hold your reservation with a credit card. Cancellations will be accepted until noon the day before the program.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED on most all of our programs for prgram preparation and logistical reasons, and to ensure we have accommodated many of our guest speakers who attend and train at our programs.


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Native Plant Sale

Sat., September 23rd

9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Want to help the birds and other wildlife in your yard? Purchase beautiful and beneficial native plants for all areas of your landscape from the Missouri Wildflowers Nursery, OzarkSoul and other vendors. To get any specific plants just place your order with MO Wildflowers at least a week before and they will deliver it here on the 23rd, or just select from what they bring. Go to  to view their catalog and place any pre-orders.   Or you may visit Ozark Soul at for more information about the plants they will be offering.  Not sure what native plants grow in your area? Visit the new Plants for Birds website at  

Native Plants in Your Landscape

Sat., September 23rd

9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Cost: Free! Donations accepted!

No registration required

Learn about using native plants, best adapted to our local climate, for all your landscaping needs! They also are more beneficial than exotic or non-native plants to birds and other wildlife, so you’re helping to create a wildlife refuge in your own yard!

Community Work Day, Natl. Public Lands Day

Sat., Sept. 30th

8:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Looking to invest a little sweat equity in Wildcat Glades?  Community work days are not only a great way to give back to your community but an excellent work out.  Weather permitting, we will work on trail upkeep and maintenance. Please wear sturdy shoes, sunscreen, and appropriate clothing for working.  Additional detailed information will be available on our Facebook page and website closer to the event.  Pre-registration helps staff and lead volunteers establish a good work plan so no drop of sweat is wasted. 

Preschool Nature Connections

Spooky Creatures

Wed., October 11th  

1:00 - 2:00 p.m.


Sat., October 14th

10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Cost: Free!

Sponsored by an anonymous donor

Age: 3 - 6 years accompanied by adult

Due to popularity, pre-registration is highly suggested.  We can only accommodate 15 children per class in effort to make the class beneficial for each participant.    Those pre-registered will be given top priority.  

Do spiders and bats really scare you? Join us as we learn about these interesting creatures that many people fear. Maybe you’ll see that they’re not that spooky after all, and have important jobs in nature! We’ll read a story about a little bat named Stellaluna, from the award-winning book by the same title, go look for spiders and their webs along the trails, and make a craft in the end.


Special Events
Programs & Events

Special Events

These special events showcase and help support the operation of Wildcat Glades.

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Trails at Wildcat Glades
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Trails at Wildcat Glades

See chert bluffs towering over 50 feet high or explore an Ozark woodland.

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Who We Are
About Us

Who We Are

The Center opened in 2007 and since then we've been keeping with our mission of appreciating, conserving and understanding our natural world.

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