Taberville Prairie Conservation Area

Driving Directions

From El Dorado Springs, take Route H north 12 miles.


This tract contains the 1,360-acre Taberville Prairie Natural Area, which as the largest such resource in the state, is registered as a National Natural Landmark.

About This Area

Taberville 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, grazing, 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 Greater prairie-chickens, 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 species may include: Mead's milkweed, Geocarpon, prairie mole crickets, Regal fritillary butterflies, northern crawfish frog, slender glass lizard, blacknose shiner, grasshopper sparrow, Loggerhead shrike, short-eared owl, and Northern harrier.

General Information

Kansas City

Saint Clair


Owned by MDC

  • Has a prairie Natural Area.

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  Opportunity for prairie bird watching of such species as grasshopper & Henslow's sparrows, Greater prairie chicken, upland sandpiper, etc. This site is great for viewing overwintering species of sparrows including LeConte's sparrow. Designated an Important Bird Area by Audubon Missouri. Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List.  
Demonstrations  Prairie restoration and native prairie. Patch-burn grazing is being studied on this prairie. 
Hiking  No designated trails. Field access trails provide a great opportunity for walking on the prairie. 
Hunting-Deer Fair population. Deer regulations are subject to annual changes. Please refer to the Fall Deer and Turkey Booklet for current regulations.  
Hunting-Quail Fair population.  
Hunting-Rabbit Fair population.  
Nature Viewing  Prairie chicken booming grounds 

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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 Taberville Prairie Natural Area 1360.00 acres For more information, visit natural areas.  
Fishless Pond  0.25 acres  
Stream - Intermittent Baker Branch 2.00 miles  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Crop Land 97.00  
Native Prairie 1455.00  
Glade 5.00  
Grassland (non-prairie) 123.00 Warm-season grass plantings. 
Total Area Acres:1680.00 

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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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