Enjoy a fun evening of mystery solving at MDC's Shoal Creek Center

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JOPLIN, Mo. – If your family is interested in nature and is good at solving mysteries, plan to visit the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center on the evenings of either Oct. 21 or Oct. 22.

On both of those days, MDC will partner with the Wildcat Glades Friends Group to present the program “Conservation Families: Ghostly Glades: Jinkies! Glade Mysteries.” These events will be at MDC’s Shoal Creek Center (201 W. Riviera Drive, Joplin) from 6-9 p.m. on Oct. 21 and from 4:30-8 p.m. on Oct. 22. People can register for these events at www.bit.ly/GhostlyGlades or by e-mailing maddie@wildcatglades.org.

On both evenings, families can walk through the glades around the Shoal Creek Center and learn about the animals that can be found there from MDC staff and members of the Wildcat Glades Friends Group. Both evenings will also feature refreshments and a surprise photo opportunity.

Topping off both evenings will be an appearance by Astro, the Labrador that’s a member of MDC’s Canine Unit. Astro’s handler, Polk County conservation agent Cpl. Susan Swem, will explain the canine unit’s role with MDC and Astro will demonstrate his skills. These demonstrations will be at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Oct. 21 and 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Oct. 22.

People can learn more about the Oct. 21 event at:


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People can stay informed about upcoming programs at MDC’s Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center and other MDC facilities by signing up for text alerts and e-mail bulletins. People who have questions about how to sign up for text alerts from the Shoal Creek Center can call 417-629-3434.

Staff at MDC facilities across the state are holding in-person and virtual programs. A listing of these programs can be found at mdc.mo.gov/events.