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“Great place for nature lovers.”

The Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center
Ranked #2 of 23 things to do in Joplin
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Conservation area south of Joplin, Mo with extensive walking trails, museum, and wildlife programs & activities.
Joplin, Missouri
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10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Great place for nature lovers.”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

A great nature 'living lab' with thousands of plants, critters, and natural resources to see, study, touch, and photograph. A fun experiences for adults and kids.

Visited September 2012
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Joplin, Missouri
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85 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Ahhh, nature . . .”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

If you appreciate nature and all it has to offer, this will be a good place for you to visit. The staff is very pleasant and helpful and there is actually quite a bit to see right in the visitor center. I enjoyed seeing the various grasses, trees, plants, and shrubs between the parking lot and the visitors center.

Visited June 2013
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1 Thank Mike G
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Great for kids!”
Reviewed July 10, 2013

My 4 and 1.5 year old daughters love this place. Lots of hands on stuff in the building and a fun place to go walking and enjoy nature!

Visited June 2013
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3 Thank K80Kendall
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Bend, Oregon
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37 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Opposite of Springfield Nature Center Experience”
Reviewed June 28, 2013

The Wildcat Glades Center has a MUCH better visitor's facility. It's actually quite awesome. There are great exhibits, but even more cool is the design of the building itself. It was designed to be eco-friendly and there are plaques all around explaining why and how it works. For example, the building is cooled and heated by geo-thermal technology. Also, natural grasses and plants are on the ceiling to keep building cooler rather than using traditional roof shingles. Then there are the trails. They're ok... good place to go and walk in the evening, but sometimes the paths are too narrow with the overgrowth on the sides. Also there are lots of private residences backed up into the park part, which kind of ruins the experience in small ways. Otherwise, a neat nature place for Joplin!

Visited September 2012
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1 Thank KGosh
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Carrollton, Missouri
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60 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Nice”
Reviewed June 16, 2013

When to the nearest park to let my son let off some energy on a long trip and what a wonderful surprise. He love building that had a large fish tank, big mussel shell and frog of kid to climb on and reptile. Lovely walking trials and easy parking. I will have to remember this one!

Visited May 2013
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