Friendly Prairie Conservation Area

Driving Directions

From Sedalia, take Highway 65 south 9 miles, then Manila Road west 1.50 miles.


This is an unplowed native prairie. More than 260 species of plants have been identified in the area.

About This Area

This 40-acre native prairie remnant is owned by the Missouri Prairie Foundation and is jointly managed with the Conservation Department. The Conservation Department assumed management responsiblities on this area in 1977.

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 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 ecosystem 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 concern which find a home on this area include Henslow and Grasshopper sparrows. MDC has implemented a Mead's milkweed restoration project on this prairie.

General Information

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  • Hunting is prohibited except for deer and turkey hunting as authorized in the annual Fall Deer and Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information booklet and annual Spring Turkey Hunting Information booklet.

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  Watch for grassland birds. Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List. Designated an Important Bird Area by Audubon Missouri.  
Highlighted Activities  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
Named Prairie  40.00 acres Native tallgrass prairie. 

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Native Prairie 40.00  
Total Area Acres:40.00 

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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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