Drovers Prairie Conservation Area

Driving Directions

From Sedalia, take Highway 65 south 10 miles, then Highway 52 west 0.50 mile, and Hoffman Road south.


This is a native prairie.

About This Area

This 80-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 in 1985. Management objectives have focused on preserving and enhancing the native prairie flora and fauna found on the area.

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 most crucial for bird populations, due to their abundance and/or diversity of birds present. More about the IBA program.

High quality grasslands are important habitat for many species. This area is a remnant of a once vast prairie ecosytem 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, mowing and other management practices to maintain healthy grasslands, simulate historic disturbances, and limit the negative impacts of invasive plants. Species of conservation concern which find a home on this area include Henslow sparrows, Grasshopper sparrows, and pink katydids.

General Information

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  • Hunting is prohibited except for deer and turkey. Deer and turkey regulations are subject to annual changes. Please refer to Spring Turkey or Fall Deer and Turkey Booklets for current regulations.

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  Good opportunities exist to view grassland species, including Henslow's sparrows. Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List. Designated an Important Bird Area by Audubon Missouri.  
Highlighted Activities  Prairie wildflower viewing from April through September. 
Other  Hunting is prohibited except for deer and turkey hunting. Deer regulations are subject to annual changes. Please refer to the Fall Deer and Turkey Booklet for current regulations. Turkey regulations are subject to annual changes. Please refer to the Spring Turkey or Fall Deer and Turkey Booklet for current regulations.  

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Parking Lot    

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Fishless Pond  1.00 acres  
Named Prairie  80.00 acres Native tallgrass prairie. 

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Native Prairie 80.00  
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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