Located on the south side of the Joplin History & Mineral Museum, this mural project was funded and created entirely by community members. It extends the museum’s educational mission outside the museum doors and onto the grounds. The mural is part of the museum’s Prairie Project to integrate Missouri native plants back into the park. It took over 25 hours to install and the participation of 40 local art students from area high schools.
The museum hopes the mural will help share the importance of Joplin native plants that require less care, less resources, feed our soil, slow down erosion, and provide nectar, pollen, and seeds that serve as food for native butterflies, insects, birds and other animals.