MPF’s Runge Prairie is a mix of original prairie and a diverse prairie reconstruction. Photo: Frank Oberle

Runge Prairie

About Runge Prairie

MPF purchased this 49-acre property near Novinger in 2006. The tract is named in honor of Andy Runge, a former Missouri Conservation Commissioner and MPF board president.

Runge is situated on rolling dissected hills and is a mix of original prairie and a diverse prairie reconstruction that provides habitat for prairie invertebrates, birds, and other grassland wildlife. 

MPF is grateful to the Pure Air Wildlife Management Cooperative for its stewardship at Runge Prairie on a volunteer basis.


Runge Prairie is in Adair County on Timber View Trail, about 12 miles southwest of Kirksville. From the intersection of US-63 Business and MO-11 N (south of Kirksville), take MO-11N west 12.2 miles to CR 419 (High Ridge Trail). Turn right (north) onto CR 419, drive .9 miles, then turn right onto CR 418 (Timber View Trail). Drive about ½ mile and park along the road. The prairie is on the south side of the road. By GPS, N40 6.863 W92 46.093 (in decimal degrees 40.11438 -92.76822).

A Missouri Bicentennial Project: Protection & Restoration of MPF’s 400-acre Lordi Marker Prairie

An extraordinary $1 million lead gift from Susan Lordi Marker and her husband Dennis Marker, along with other generous gifts and financial backing from MPF, made this new MPF acquisition possible. Your gift of any amount will help us raise necessary funds restricted to this project, which includes purchase cost, restoration, and stewardship of this remarkable 400-acre property.