The Missouri Prairie Foundation (MPF) will be hosting multiple “Picnics on the Prairie” events at five different MPF prairies around the state. These events will take place on Saturdays, October 24th and 31st, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and are free and open to the public.
To accommodate prairie enthusiasts from many regions of the state, this event will be happening concurrently at five MPF prairie locations:
- Snowball Hill Prairie, Harrisonville
- Friendly Prairie, south of Sedalia
- Golden Prairie, Golden City
- Carver Prairie, Diamond, near Joplin
- La Petite Gemme Prairie, Bolivar
These small events will be all outdoors, with hundreds of acres to distance across while exploring and enjoying the prairies. Visitors are invited to bring a picnic lunch, enjoy the prairie, and participate in optional safely distanced hikes or self-guided educational activities. Check out our website for printable activities, including a children’s activity journal, fall plant guide, and birding checklists. MPF is also encouraging visitors to participate in the new Missouri Prairie Foundation Community Science Biodiversity Project through iNaturalist. Use the iNaturalist app as a learning tool in our prairies, and submit flora and fauna observations from your visit to contribute to our community science data collection.
Registration information and more details, including hike details, education supplies and safety information, is available on our website at moprairie.org/prairiepicnics.
Questions? Please contact MPF at 888-843-6739.
The Missouri Prairie Foundation is a 54-year-old membership organization and land trust that protects and restores prairie and other native grasslands through acquisition, management, education, and prairie research. The organization owns 23 properties totaling more than 3,200 acres of prairie across the state, and with partners, inspires the conservation of thousands more. The Missouri Prairie Foundation is also home to the Grow Native! native plant education and marketing program and the Missouri Invasive Plant Task Force.