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 wildcatglades@audubon.org.  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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February

  • NEW!! Lighten-Up Weekly Yoga 

Tues. & Thurs. Sessions:  9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Feb. 7th – March 2nd; OR March 7th - 30th   All ages welcome!

Cost:    $24 per person per month members or $48 per person per month non-members 

Join instructor J.L. Badgley for an 8 session Hatha yoga course which meets twice a week for four weeks. Sign up and pay for one, two, or all three months. J.L. has been a yoga instructor in the area for 19 years and his philosophy of “safe, fun, effective” guides his classes. Yoga can help your balance, strength, flexibility and endurance. It can instill harmony and tranquility in one’s life. Classes will be held indoors at the Audubon Center and participants should bring a yoga mat and water bottle. Young children are welcome as long as they are not disruptive. Children age 6 and up are charged if they participate.

  • Yoga in Nature Monthly 

Join us on the Fourth Saturday of each month from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. All ages welcome!

Sat., February 25th, March 25th, April 22nd, May 27th, June 24th.

Cost:    $3 per person members or $6 per person non-members 

Yoga can help your balance, strength, flexibility and endurance, and can instill harmony and tranquility in one’s life. Enjoy exercising at your own level in nature with instructor Donna Bowman. Program held indoors in inclement weather.

March

  • NEW!! Lighten-Up Weekly Yoga 

Tues. & Thurs. Sessions:  9:30 - 10:30 a.m. March 7th - 30th   All ages welcome!

Cost:    $24 per person per month members or $48 per person per month non-members 

Join instructor J.L. Badgley for an 8 session Hatha yoga course which meets twice a week for four weeks. Sign up and pay for one, two, or all three months. J.L. has been a yoga instructor in the area for 19 years and his philosophy of “safe, fun, effective” guides his classes. Yoga can help your balance, strength, flexibility and endurance. It can instill harmony and tranquility in one’s life. Classes will be held indoors at the Audubon Center and participants should bring a yoga mat and water bottle. Young children are welcome as long as they are not disruptive. Children age 6 and up are charged if they participate.

  • Preschool Nature Connections "Bunny Hop"

Wed., March 8th 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. OR Sat., March 11th 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Cost: Free! Age: 3 - 6 years accompanied by adult

Thank you to our program sponsor Pediatric Associates of Southwest Missouri

Hop on over to the Center to learn more about rabbits!  Songs, games, crafts and stories will help us learn more about this common Missouri mammal. We will spend some time outside looking for rabbits, their food, and places where they may raise their young. Our time will include a visit from a special, live bunny friend!

  • Missouri Stream Team Introductory Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Workshop   

Sat., March 18th 8:30 a.m.  – 5:00 p.m. Cost: Free! Registration Required Age: Adults and older youth accompanied by adult

Now is your chance to learn how we all affect water quality! The workshop consists of six hours of classroom instruction and one to two hours on a stream to demonstrate sampling methods, get wet, and learn about aquatic life. The level of material presented is not designed for children; however, older youth accompanied by an adult are welcome. The only requirements for attending a workshop are that you have an interest in water quality, are willing to donate your time to attend the entire workshop and monitor a stream. Workshop attendees will qualify to receive monitoring equipment that includes a kick net, vials, invertebrate photographs, forceps and magnifiers.

Register on-line at www.mostreamteam.org.  For more information contact April Williams, Missouri Department of Conservation, April.Williams@mdc.mo.gov, (573) 522-4115 ext. 3593

  • First Day of Spring Hike and PEEP Passports

Tues., March 21st 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Cost:  Free! Donations appreciated! Age: 6+

(Sponsorship opportunity is available! Ask a staff member today!)

Need a fun activity with the kids over spring break? Come join us on a moderate hike to look for some signs of spring - from birds singing to flowers blooming, and much more! You can also pick up your PEEP (Partnership for Environmental Education Partnership) Page (free) at any time and visit other interpretive sites in the area. During your visit, answer the questions for that PEEP site and receive a stamp or sticker. Once you have visited at least 6 of the 8 sites, you earn a cool PEEP patch!

  • Story In a Box   

Wed., March 22nd AND Thurs., March 23rd   1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Cost: $50.00 (payment by check or cash only to instructor Anne-Marie Gailey) Age: 8-14       

Alice in Wildcat Gladeland? Godzilla? Mystery? Or, imagine your own idea! Learn about plants and animals of our region. Paint a background; construct stand-up trees, plants, flowers and objects; add 3-D animal and character sculptures! Sign up to produce this exciting and unusual habitat diorama in our two day class! Taught by Anne-Marie Gailey. All materials and snack provided. Registration and payment taken until Wednesday March 15th.

  • Yoga in Nature Monthly 

Join us on the Fourth Saturday of each month from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. All ages welcome!

Sat., March 25th, April 22nd, May 27th, June 24th.

Cost:    $3 per person members or $6 per person non-members 

Yoga can help your balance, strength, flexibility and endurance, and can instill harmony and tranquility in one’s life. Enjoy exercising at your own level in nature with instructor Donna Bowman. Program held indoors in inclement weather.

April

  • Pictures with the Bunny 

Sat., April 1st  from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. OR 1:00-4:00 p.m. OR 

Sun., April 2nd from 1:30-4:30 p.m.     

Cost: $5 per person members or $10 per person non-members with an Additional $5 for group photos.   All ages welcome!               

Photographer Russ Kinerson will once again be taking pictures of guests with our very own live Easter bunny, Trevor!  Photos will be e-mailed the following week, just in time to send out in your holiday or springtime greetings to family and friends. Pictures will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. Nature crafts will be available while you wait.

  • Walk With a Doc & National Walking Day

Wed., April 5th 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Cost: Free! All ages welcome

Thank you to our program sponsor Mercy Hospital 

Celebrate National Walking Day with us as the Dogwood Trailblazers walking club leads a walk on the Mercy Shoal Creek Trail here in Wildcat Park along with doctors from Mercy. Learn how walking can improve your physical and mental well-being no matter your age, and how you can get involved with the walking club. Trails are considered easy and are a combination of asphalt and gravel surfaces. We’ll start at the Center and end up at Redings Mill Bridge before walking back. The walk will be approximately two miles roundtrip. Please wear appropriate shoes and bring your water.

  • Preschool Nature Connections "Hooray for Herons"

Wed., April 5th 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. OR Sat., April 8th 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Cost: Free! Age: 3 - 6 years accompanied by adult

Thank you to our program sponsor Pediatric Associates of Southwest Missouri                     

Henry was a very impatient heron! And everyone knows a fisherman has to be patient! Come hear his story and learn about these long-legged waders. We’ll go visit the pond and if lucky we may see Henry, or at least one of his cousins!

  • Botanical Card-making Workshop

Sat., April 15th  1:00 – 3:00 p.m.  Cost: $25.00 per card set (payment by check or cash only to instructor Anne-Marie Gailey) Age: adults and children age 8+ accompanied by adult

Send a note to your friends and family with botanically inspired cards. In this workshop, you will create three different plant illustrations/designs using color pencils and water colors. Take home a set of 12 cards and envelopes! Workshop limited to 15 people. Taught by Anne-Marie Gailey.

  • Eagles Nest Nature Landing Dedication 

Fri., April 21st 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Cost: Free! All ages welcome, accompanied by adult  No registration required                 

Come prepared to play outdoors! Not your typical playground, join us as we dedicate our new natural play area for kids of all ages, and help recognize the Coover and Titus Foundations for making it possible! Refreshments and handouts available.

  • Naturescaping Workshop   

Sat., April 22nd  9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Cost: Free! Age: 12+ accompanied by adult

A partnership event with Missouri Department of Conservation

Adding native plants to your yard will help provide valuable habitat for birds, butterflies, and other wildlife. You’ll learn why and how to include native plantings in your landscape, what plants to select and how they benefit wildlife. Includes handouts and native plants. Call the MDC office to register at 417.629.3423

  • Celebrate Earth Day with Wildlife in Eagle’s Nest Nature Landing

Sat., April 22nd 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Cost: Free! Donations appreciated! Age: All ages welcome, accompanied by adult

Registration not required.

Nature is a great place to play and have fun! Be among the first to play in our new natural play area. Not your typical playground, this is made mainly with natural materials to climb and balance on, build a fort, play in the sand, hide in a “burrow”, play some musical instruments, and let your imagination guide you! To help kick off the fun, we’ll have some of our program animals in the gazebo next to the play area to learn about. Make some recycled crafts too! It’ll be a WILD time! Come and go as you please, no need to pre-register.

  • Yoga in Nature Monthly 

Join us on the Fourth Saturday of each month from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. All ages welcome!

Sat., April 22nd, May 27th, June 24th.

Cost:    $3 per person members or $6 per person non-members 

Yoga can help your balance, strength, flexibility and endurance, and can instill harmony and tranquility in one’s life. Enjoy exercising at your own level in nature with instructor Donna Bowman. Program held indoors in inclement weather.

May

  • Migratory Bird Day Celebration & Bird Hikes  

Sat., May 6th 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Cost: Free! Donations appreciated! Age: All ages welcome, accompanied by adult

(Sponsorship opportunity is available! Ask a staff member today!)

Many wonderful birds are returning to our area from their winter homes in the south! Celebrate their arrival and learn about the hazards they face on this journey with games and crafts. Learn how we can help them survive here and abroad, including adding native plants in our yards. We’ll also have short guided bird hikes throughout the morning! Come and go as you please, no need to pre-register.

  • Preschool Nature Connections "Beautiful Bees and Other Pollinators"

Wed., May 10th 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. OR Sat., May 13th 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Cost: Free! Age: 3 - 6 years accompanied by adult

Thank you to our program sponsor Pediatric Associates of Southwest Missouri  

Whether flying or crawling, hungry insects and birds are busy visiting flowers for a nice nectar snack!  Join in the “bee dance” and become bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds as we play the pollination game to help the flowers out. We’ll have just enough time to end with a short hike to discover real pollinators and some flowers outside and even plant some to take home for our pollinator pals!

  • Native Plant Sale

Sat., May 27th  8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Cost: Free! No registration required Age: All ages welcome

Purchase beautiful and beneficial native plants for all areas of your landscape from the Missouri Wildflowers Nursery.  To get the plants you want place your order with the Nursery at least a week before and they will deliver it here on the 27th. Go to mowildflowers.net to view their catalog and place any pre-orders.

  • Landscaping with Native Plants

Sat., May 27th 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.  Cost: Free! Donations appreciated! Age: All ages welcome

Mervin Wallace with Missouri Wildflowers Nursery will present a program on how you can landscape your yard with native plants. Mervin is the owner of the Nursery and has a wealth of knowledge and expertise with native plants, so bring your questions!

  • Yoga in Nature Monthly 

Join us on the Fourth Saturday of each month from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. All ages welcome!

Sat., May 27th, June 24th.

Cost:    $3 per person members or $6 per person non-members 

Yoga can help your balance, strength, flexibility and endurance, and can instill harmony and tranquility in one’s life. Enjoy exercising at your own level in nature with instructor Donna Bowman. Program held indoors in inclement weather.

June

  • Volunteer Rummage Sale

Fri., June 2nd and Sat., June 3rd 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. No registration required

A project of the Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center Volunteers; all proceeds benefit education programs at the Center.

*****ACCEPTING RUMMAGE SALE DROP OFFS STARTING TUESDAY, MAY 23RD AT WILDCAT GLADES CENTER.

  • National Trails Day Hike and Clean-up    

Sat., June 3rd 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Cost: Free! Donations appreciated! Age: 8 and up accompanied by adult     

(Sponsorship opportunity is available! Ask a staff member today!)

Join a naturalist as we explore some of the nature trails in Wildcat Park and clean up any trash as we celebrate National Trails Day!  A great conservation activity for small scout groups! Come dressed appropriately and with water and bug spray.

  • Recipe for a Glade

Sat., June 3rd 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. Cost: Free! Donations appreciated! Age: All ages welcome             

(Sponsorship opportunity is available! Ask a staff member today!)

Come explore the unique chert glade ecosystem, Mother Nature’s rock garden, found right here in Wildcat Park. Discover the ingredients it takes to make a glade while attending “Recipe for a Glade”, a 45 minute program presented inside featuring glade animals and plants. Play Glade Bingo for prizes! Then venture outside for a walk along Silver Creek Chert Glade. Our giant, lovable, glade mascot, Cherty the Collared Lizard, will also be present for photos and hugs!

  • A Midsummer’s Night Dinner on Redings Mill Bridge

Tues., June 6th 6:30 p.m. -Social with cash bar beginning at 6:30 with Dinner catered by Mythos starting at 7:00 p.m.   

Registration Required! Cost: $85 per person; $170 per couplePurchase your tickets by calling the center, stop by the center or our website. 

Join us for a magical evening on the historic Redings Mill Bridge. Enjoy a gourmet dinner served on linen as you experience the sounds and sights of Shoal Creek settling down for the night. (Rain date:  Wednesday, June 7th)

  • Preschool Nature Connections "In My Backyard"

Wed., June 7th 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. OR  Sat., June 10th 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Cost: Free! Age: 3 - 6 years accompanied by adult

Thank you to our program sponsor Pediatric Associates of Southwest Missouri 

Did you know your backyard is home to some amazing creatures? Get ready to go on a backyard safari of your own after learning about our animal neighbors and how we can help them. We’ll also discuss why it’s best to leave them and their babies alone, rather than keeping them as pets. We’ll take a short hike looking for critters in our “backyard”, and make a fun craft too!

  • Exclusive Opportunity! Nature Photography Workshop with Award-Winning Nature Photographer Noppadol Papthong (Nop)

Sat., June 17th 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Registration Required! Cost: $50 per participant Age: 12 and up

In conjunction with the National Audubon Society Photo Awards traveling exhibit at the Center, join award-winning nature photographer Noppadol Paothong, whose stunning photos appear in many publications, for an interactive workshop on nature photography. Learn about equipment, tips, and techniques that can help you improve your photography skills. Participants will have the opportunity to practice their new skills, with the assistance of Nop, on the trails of Wildcat Park. Participants need to bring their own photography equipment. View Nop’s photography at www.nopnatureimages.com

           

  • Camp Wildcat Summer Day Camp

Tues., June 20th – Fri., June 23rd and/or Tues., July 11th – Fri., July 14th 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Age: 7-12 years

Registration Required! Cost: $100 per child per week members or 125 per child per week non-members

Do you have a young naturalist at home? Help cultivate that interest in nature by sending them to our outdoor summer camp! Led by qualified staff and volunteers, we will meet at the Center each morning before we go outdoors to explore various habitats. Each day we’ll learn about different groups of animals: birds, mammals, amphibians, reptiles, fish, and insects and other invertebrates. Limited to 12 children. Children should be in good physical condition and able to hike in summer weather. We will provide a snack, or they may bring their own from home. For the convenience of working parents, we will provide supervision from 7:30 am.-12:30 pm. Partial scholarships available from Wild Birds Unlimited for children who qualify for the free or reduced lunch program at school.

  • Nature’s Artwork Summer Day Camp – Recycling Renaissance!   

Tues., June 20th – Fri., June 23rd 12:30- 3:30 p.m. Age: 7-12 years

Registration Required! Cost:  $125 per week (payment by check or cash only to instructor)

Do you have a young artist at home who also enjoys nature? Help cultivate their interests by sending them to our art camp! Led by certified art teacher Anne-Marie Gailey, we meet at the Center each afternoon and use nature as our inspiration to create original pieces of art. Making paper by hand can be a fun and simple process! It's a great way to use scrap paper. With basic instruction, we will produce beautiful handmade paper! Some scrap paper will be supplied but students are encouraged to bring heavier weight and color scrap paper. Create animal sculptures from recycled materials, too! Using a variety of plastic bottles, small to medium size boxes, cardboard pieces, etc., we will construct an additive sculpture part by part! Add paint, paper and bring items for eyes, horns and texture to complete the details on your sensational creature! We will see pictures of animals in our region and view artist’s 3D sculptures from recycled materials. Pre-Registration and payment to instructor due by noon on June 16th. Fee includes most art materials, a snack, and instructor’s fee.

  • Yoga in Nature Monthly 

Join us on the Fourth Saturday of each month from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. All ages welcome!

Sat., June 24th.

Cost:    $3 per person members or $6 per person non-members 

Yoga can help your balance, strength, flexibility and endurance, and can instill harmony and tranquility in one’s life. Enjoy exercising at your own level in nature with instructor Donna Bowman. Program held indoors in inclement weather.

  • Camp Wildcat Teen Adventure Camp

Tues., June 27th – Fri., June 30th 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Age: 13-17 years

Registratioin Required! Cost: $150 per child per week members or $175 per child per week non-members

Ready for some adventure? How about kayaking, a zip-line, and some shooting sports? We’ll do these fun outdoor activities along with a trip to a certified challenge course to test our courage and do some team-building. We’ll also learn about outdoor ethics and the leave no trace philosophy, and volunteer for a community habitat improvement project. Led by qualified staff and volunteers, we will meet at the Center each morning before we go outdoors for our adventure. Limited to 10 children. Children should be in good physical condition. We will provide a snack, or they may bring their own from home. For the convenience of working parents, we will provide supervision from 7:30 am.-12:30 pm. 

July

  • Camp Wildcat Summer Day Camp

Tues., July 11th – Fri., July 14th 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Age: 7-12 years

Registration Required! Cost: $100 per child per week members or 125 per child per week non-members

Do you have a young naturalist at home? Help cultivate that interest in nature by sending them to our outdoor summer camp! Led by qualified staff and volunteers, we will meet at the Center each morning before we go outdoors to explore various habitats. Each day we’ll learn about different groups of animals: birds, mammals, amphibians, reptiles, fish, and insects and other invertebrates. Limited to 12 children. Children should be in good physical condition and able to hike in summer weather. We will provide a snack, or they may bring their own from home. For the convenience of working parents, we will provide supervision from 7:30 am.-12:30 pm. Partial scholarships available from Wild Birds Unlimited for children who qualify for the free or reduced lunch program at school.

  •  Nature’s Artwork Summer Day Camp   

Tues., July 11th – Fri., July 14th 12:30- 3:30 p.m. Age: 8-14 years

Registration Required! Cost:  $125 per week (Payment by check or cash only to instructor Anne-MArie Gailey. Fee includes all art materials, a snack, and instructor’s fee.) 

Terrariums, botanical cards and more! Led by certified art teacher Anne-Marie Gailey, we meet at the Center each afternoon and use nature as our inspiration to create original pieces of art. Create your own unique mini-world of plants by making a beautiful, low maintenance garden of small plants, rocks and soil. Learn about plants, water and soil. Plan a theme and bring miniature figurines and other small items to decorate with. Next, we will illustrate botanical cards. Discover native plants and using color pencils and watercolor, compose different designs. Add a bird or insect! Repeat these for a set of cards! We will explore the plant illustrations of several botanical artists and of course the birds of Audubon, too. Students may bring a few very small, waterproof items to add to their terrariums, if they wish. Pre-Registration and payment to instructor due by July 7th. Fee includes most art materials, a snack, and instructor’s fee.

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