Friendly Prairie Conservation Area

About this Area

For more information call
(660) 530-5500
Total Acres


Yellow wildflowers with native grasses.
Friendly Prairie CA, Pettis County, Missouri
Missouri Department of Conservation

This 40-acre native prairie remnant is owned by the Missouri Prairie Foundation and is jointly managed with the Conservation Department. The Conservation Department assumed management responsibilities on this area in 1977.
This area has been designated by Audubon Missouri as an Important Bird Area (IBA). IBAs are sites that have been identified by Audubon 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 one percent of our original prairie remains, some of these species have become increasingly rare.
Area managers use prescribed fire, grazing, and other management practices to maintain healthy grasslands, simulate historic disturbances, and limit the negative impacts of invasive plants.
Species of concern which find a home on this area include Henslow and Grasshopper sparrows. MDC has implemented a Mead's milkweed restoration project on this prairie.

Things to do when you visit: 
  • Bird Watching
  • Hunting
    • Deer,
    • Turkey
  • Entry PointEntry Point
  • Parking LotParking Lot
  • BoundaryBoundary

Hours of Operation

Area Hours
Sunday 4:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Monday 4:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday 4:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday 4:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday 4:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday 4:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday 4:00 AM - 10:00 PM
From Sedalia, take Highway 65 south 9 miles, then Manila Road west 1.50 miles.
Area Regulations
Seasonal Hunting and Fishing Information