Little Osage Prairie

Shooting Star and Indian Paintbrush
Shooting Star and Indian Paintbrush

Points of Interest:

  • Enjoy a diverse upland prairie easily accessed on foot.
  • Listen for the fire alarm-like chirping calls of male prairie mole crickets on warm spring nights.
  • See scissor-tailed flycatchers, dickcissels and Henslow’s sparrows.

Natural Features Description:

This prairie is developed on soils overlying sandstone and shale bedrock. The prairie exhibits a good range of characteristic prairie plants that bloom throughout the growing season. Prairie mole crickets, restricted to prairie remnants, occur here. Spring wildflowers include Indian paintbrush, hoary puccoon, wood betony, wild hyacinth, shooting star, cream wild indigo, and prairie blue-eyed grass.

This natural area is owned by The Nature Conservancy, whose mission is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. The Missouri Chapter of The Nature Conservancy has protected over 145,000 acres of critical lands and waters in the state. The Nature Conservancy has been and continues to be a valuable conservation partner in the effort to conserve Missouri’s natural communities. For more information see or call 314-968-1105.

Access Information: 

From the junction of Highway 54 and BB in Nevada, go south on BB for about 5 miles until BB makes a sharp turn to the right (west). At this point continue straight south on a gravel road for another quarter mile, after which the road turns left (east). Go for about 1.5 miles then turn left (north) onto another gravel road and follow this for about 0.4 mile to the parking lot on the left (west).

General Information
Designation Date: 
The Nature Conservancy
Missouri Department of Conservation – Kansas City Regional Office
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