UPDATE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED. It may be rescheduled at a later date.
Join a guided hike led by Mike Leahy, MPF technical advisor and ecologist with the
Missouri Department of Conservation, to the largest and most intact tallgrass savanna
in Missouri. The hike will take place at Union Ridge Conservation Area and the
Spring Creek Ranch Natural Area in northeastern Missouri. Enjoy the autumnal hues of the native
grasses, vibrant asters, and goldenrods across this scenic landscape of rolling hills
dotted with native oaks and hickories. This is one of the last and best places to see a
great example of northern Missouri’s once expansive oak savannas. The mix of plant
species includes both typical tallgrass prairie species such as showy goldenrod
(Solidago speciosa) and more uncommon species such as cream gentian (Gentiana
The hike will occur primarily off trail. Be prepared to walk on uneven terrain with
moderate slopes. Dress for the outdoors (including protection from ticks and chiggers!)
and bring water and sun protection. We’ll break for a tailgate lunch. Bring a sack lunch
and drinking water.
We will meet at parking lot on Union Ridge Conservation Area. To get there
from Kirksville, Missouri, travel west on Highway 6 about 18 miles to Green Castle.
Then head north on Highway D for about 2 miles. At the Y intersection, go left (west) on
Mead Road (gravel). Proceed for 0.5 mile then turn right (north) on Ironbank Road.
Follow Ironbank Road (gravel) north about 2 miles to the parking area on the left side
(parking lot S). A Google map link: https://goo.gl/maps/481ZUjf7Kj2x9HxCA
Cost: Free. Participants: maximum 25.
To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 636-303-7418.
Note: Hike will be held rain or shine. If storms/lightning is predicted, MPF will contact
registrants in the event we need to reschedule.
Photo of Union Ridge Conservation Area from MDC website.