One mile north of Drovers' Prairie and nine miles south of Sedalia, this 40 acre prairie was saved by MPF in 1969. It is named for the historic use of the site as an informal stop for travelers.
A total of 257 plant species have been recorded from Friendly Prairie and 52 bird species have been identified here, including greater prairie-chickens.
Friendly Prairie is approximately one mile north of Drovers' Prairie, less than two miles west of Paint Brush Prairie Conservation Area (314 acres) and approximately five miles northwest of Hi Lonesome Prairie Conservation Area (627 acres). It is included in the Grasslands Coalition's Hi Lonesome Focus Area.
Directions: Friendly Prairie is located in Pettis County on Manila Road, about 11 miles south of Sedalia. From Highway 65, take Manila Road west 1.5 miles to the parking area. By GPS, N38 33.016 W93 17.768 (in decimal degrees, 38.55027 -93.29613).
Friendly Prairie is open to the public for hiking, nature viewing, and hunting--state hunting regulations apply.