Little Osage Prairie

About this Area

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(417) 876-5226
Total Acres

Little Osage Prairie is a remnant of the prairie ecosystem that once covered more than one-quarter of Missouri. It is also home to plants and animals that are specially adapted for life on the open prairie. Less than one-half of one percent of original prairie remains in Missouri making some of these species increasingly rare.

Managers use prescribed burning, haying, and other tools to simulate historic disturbances that maintain healthy grasslands and limit the negative impacts of invasive plants, including trees, which were historically uncommon here. Management priorities include providing nesting and brood-rearing habitat for bobwhite quail and grassland birds such as Henslow's sparrow and upland sandpiper.

Monitoring and management for a number of lesser known species is also important; some which find a home here include: prairie mole crickets, Regal fritillary butterflies, northern crawfish frog, grasshopper sparrow, Loggerhead shrike, and Northern harrier.

Things to do when you visit: 
  • Bird Watching
  • Entry PointEntry Point
  • Natural AreaNatural Area
  • 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 Nevada, take I-49/Highway 71 south 6 miles, then Tally Bend Road west 1.50 miles, and 1650 Road north 0.25 miles.
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