“Biological diversity is the key to the maintenance of the world as we know it.”
~ E.O. Wilson, Biodiversity
Looking for a great public garden that uses native plants, an inspirational walk in a woodland filled with spring blooming wildflowers or a vista of an untouched prairie? Use this area of our site as your roadmap!
The Missouri Prairie Foundation (MPF) has protected more than 4,000 acres of prairie (700 acres conveyed to the Missouri Department of Conservation) and now owns more than 3,300 acres of prairie in 21 tracts around the state. Most are original remnants with a high level of native biodiversity; Prairie Fork Expansion Area, Runge Prairie, Bruns Tract, Joplin Urban Prairie, and the Welsch Tract are restorations/reconstructions. Learn more at Moprairie.org.
Powell Gardens is a not-for-profit, 915-acre, botanical garden just east of Kansas City. Its purpose is to inspire people to appreciate, beautify and conserve our natural environment by providing a peaceful setting with opportunities for learning and reflection. Powell Gardens uses a wide variety of native plants in its many gardens. It is at 1609 NW U.S. Highway 50, Kingsville, MO 64061. Phone: (816) 697-2600.
Shaw Nature Reserve, an extension of the Missouri Botanical Garden, includes 2,500 acres of natural Ozark landscape and managed plant collections. Located 35 miles southwest of St. Louis in Gray Summit, Missouri, it provides environmental education, ecological research and public enjoyment of the natural world. Write to them at PO Box 38, Gray Summit, MO 63039. Phone: (636) 451-3512.