The McGee Family Conservation Area, located near Plattsburg and consisting of almost 1000 acres, was made possible through the generosity of Thomas Francis (Tom) McGee, Jr., a businessman and lifelong resident of Kansas City who passed away in January 2010. The term “renaissance man” aptly described Tom. He was a man of deep faith who had a broad range of interests, including reading, photography, history, sports, and an enthusiastic love of nature and the outdoors. He spent many afternoons on this land hunting quail and mushrooms, and admiring the beauty of spring wildflowers. Tom took satisfaction in knowing that part of his legacy would be that he provided his fellow Missourians with the opportunity to have wonderful outdoor experiences – the kind of experiences that he enjoyed so much. The area's rolling hills were primarily in pasture for most of the last century. Long-term plans call for converting upland fescue pastures to more wildlife friendly habitat such as row crops and native warm season grasses. White-tailed deer and wild turkeys are seen regularly on the area, especially in the wooded areas near the Little Platte River. The area has several farm ponds, with some spawning runs up the river if water flow is adequate.
Directions to McGee Family Conservation Area: From Plattsburg, take Highway 116 east, then Route C south 1.6 miles just south of the Little Platte River bridge.