Little Osage Prairie

Driving Directions

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.


This is an 80-acre Designated Natural Area with a diversity of native plants.

About This Area

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.

General Information

Kansas City




(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  Species that may be seen are loggerhead shrike, Bell's vireo, grasshopper sparrow, and eastern meadowlark. Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List.  
Hiking  No designated trails 

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Parking Lot    

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Designated Natural Area Little Osage Prairie Natural Area 80.00 acres For more information, visit natural areas.  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Native Prairie 80.00 Little Osage Natural Area 
Total Area Acres:80.00 

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Designated Trails
Trail Name Trail Type Length
No Designated Trails

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Shooting Range General Information

This area has no shooting ranges.

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