Location: One mile west of Cole Camp on Route 52, then .5 miles north on County Road NE221.
This is one of the largest remaining tracts of native prairie in this part of Missouri at 655 acres. One gets the feeling of being at the point where prairies meet Ozark forests when standing in the prairie ridgetops and seeing forested hills to the south.
This area has been designated by Missouri Audobon as an Important Bird Area. IBAs are sites that have been identified by Audobon as those that are the most crucial for bird populations, due to their abundance and/or diversity of birds present.
High quality grasslands are important habitat for many species. This area is a remnant of a once vast prairie ecosystem that provides habitat for a diverse group of plants and animals. Because less than one-half of the one percent of our original prairie remains, some of these species have become increasingly rare.