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This attractive center in Wildcat Park, Joplin, is
adjacent to 27 acres of the world's last remain-
ing chert glades, a unique habitat found only
here, and the biologically rich Shoal Creek, an
important place for migratory birds and other
wildlife. The green center includes a 1,300-gal-
lon aquarium and Ozarks stream as well as
classrooms, a reference library, interpretive ex-
hibits, children's indoor discovery area, nature
store and wildlife viewing area. Outside are five
outdoor learning stations and three miles of
paved and natural trails.
Wildcat Glades Conservation
& Audubon Center
201 W. Riviera Dr
Suite A
Joplin, MO, 64804
417 782-NATR (6287)
9am 5pm Tuesday
Saturday, 11am 4pm
Sunday, closed Monday;
Wildcat Park & trails open
seven days a week from
dawn to dusk
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1. Why are some of the 150-year-old oak trees
so scrawny?
2. What prickly plant might you find in the
park's glades? Why does it thrive here, so far
from its desert home?
3. What is chert? How is it different from other
types of rocks?
4. What kinds of critters did you spot in the
From the intersection of
Kansas Expressway/
Highway 13 and I-44, go
west on 44 to Exit #6
(Hwy 86 South) west of
Joplin. Turn right at
approximately -mile,
and look for Audubon
Center signs.