201 W. Riviera, Suite A
Joplin, MO 64804
Hours of Operation:
Wed – Sat: 9am – 5pm
Sun: 1 – 5pm
What one might find inside or around Wildcat Glades:
1300 gallon indoor aquarium, live critters, interactive exhibits, five outdoor learning stations, approximately 4 miles of trails, Globally unique chert glades, nature store, three classrooms, reference library, children’s indoor discovery area, historic Redings Mill Bridge, and two exhibit spaces for local nature art.
Located in Wildcat Park in Joplin, MO, Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center overlooks the largest remaining area of globally unique chert glades in the world; a place where specially adapted plants and animals thrive in a dry, desert-like habitat of thin soils and towering chert rock bluffs. The Center is adjacent to Shoal Creek, the third largest tributary of the Spring River, an area considered one of the most biologically rich left in the state, and of critical biological importance. The mission of Wildcat Glades Conservation and Audubon Center is to provide children and adults with nature-related educational programs and outdoor experiences through a sustainably developed nature center facility, site amenities, and system of trails.
The National Audubon Society is named for John James Audubon, a French American ornithologist, naturalist, and painter. He was notable for his expansive studies to document all types of American birds and for his detailed illustrations that depicted the birds in their natural habitats. We continue the tradition of art and nature at the Audubon Center, where you will find local nature artists on the walls and wire sculptures of native animals on the grounds around the Center.