Paint Brush Prairie Conservation Area

Driving Directions

From Sedalia, take Highway 65 south 10 miles, then Manila Road east.


This area is native prairie and contains Paint Brush Prairie Natural Area (74 acres).

About This Area

The Conservation Department acquired this native remnant prairie in 1978. It is currently 314 acres in size.

The northwest portion of the area has been designated a natural area, which protects a diverse plant community of over 200 tallgrass prairie plants, including the federally endangered Mead's milkweed.

Slightly raised circular mounds measuring up to 12 feet in diameter, known as mima mounds or prairie mounds, are found on the area. Their origin is still open to debate.

This area has been designated by Audubon Missouri as an Important Bird Area (IBA). IBAs are sites that have been identified by Audubon as the most crucial for bird populations, due to their abundance and/or diversity of birds present.

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, grazing, 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 Mead's milkweed, pink katydids, and prairie chickens. MDC has implemented a Mead's milkweed restoration project on this prairie.

General Information

Kansas City



Owned by MDC

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  Watch for prairie birds. Designated an Important Bird Area by Audubon Missouri. Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List.  
Highlighted Activities  Prairie wildflower viewing from April through September. 
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.  
Hunting-Turkey Fair population. 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
Designated Natural Area Paint Brush Prairie Natural Area 74.00 acres Features include over 200 species of prairie wildflowers and grasses as well as prairie birds, insects and reptiles. For more information, visit natural areas.  
Fishless Pond  1.00 acres  
Named Prairie  300.00 acres Native tallgrass prairie. 

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Forest and Woodland 4.00  
Native Prairie 310.03 Includes the 74 acre Paint Brush Prairie Natural Area. 
Total Area Acres:314.03 

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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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