If you want to get involved in making a difference in your community by volunteering your time, learning about the natural world, or supporting a good cause, here are some ways you can.
Wildcat Glades Conservation and Audubon Center, on Joplin’s south side, offers hiking trails, a nature center, aquarium, and frequent events and activities to educate people about nature and conservation.
The Missouri Stream Team is a community-based coalition of people who perform litter pick up, storm drain stenciling, water quality monitoring, and more. Their goals are to educate people about the importance of stream ecosystems and offer stewardship of streams including litter pick-up, water quality monitoring, storm drain stenciling, and more. They also advocate on behalf of issues that affect streams.
The Missouri Department of Conservation is always looking for volunteers to help at nature centers, conservation areas, and shooting ranges in a variety of roles. You can find more information and opportunities by visiting their website by clicking the logo.
Missouri State Parks are also looking for volunteers. From trail maintenance to interpretive work, volunteering in a state park can be a great way to help people learn more about the cultural and natural history of Missouri.
The National Park Service is also looking for volunteers to help at NPS managed areas. George Washington Carver National Monument is in need of volunteers to greet people and help out.