MDC invites public to April 23 naturescaping program

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JOPLIN, Mo. – Many homeowners are discovering the benefits of landscaping with native plants. Plants that are naturally adapted to their surroundings tend to be less dependent on pesticides and watering hoses and, at the same time, friendlier to butterflies, songbirds and other local wildlife.

Homeowners can learn more about using native plants at the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) “Naturescaping for Wildlife and You” program 9 a.m. to noon on April 23 at the Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center. This free event will include information about plant selection and how various plant species benefit wildlife. Homeowners can learn how to use plants to beautify their yards and, at the same time, attract butterflies, songbirds and other wildlife. MDC will also give attendees native trees and shrubs to add to their home landscapes.

The event is free and open to ages 18-up. Registration is required. For more information, call 417-629-3423. The Wildcat Glades Conservation and Audubon Center is located at 201 Riviera Drive in Joplin. Information about using native plants in home landscapes can also be found at your nearest MDC office or at