Grandfather Prairie Conservation Area

Driving Directions

From Sedalia, take Highway 65 south 8 miles, then Mather Road west 2 miles.

Highlights

Unplowed native prairie.

About This Area

This 80-acre native prairie remnant is named after the Osage Indians' traditional name for the sun.

The Conservation Department acquired this prairie in 1987.

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 ecosysystem 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 species.

Species of concern which find a home on this area include Fritillary butterflies, Henslow sparrows, and pink katydids.

General Information

Kansas City

Pettis

660-530-5500

Owned by MDC

Activities
Activity
(Activity Explanations)
Comments
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List. Designated an Important Bird Area by Audubon Missouri.  
Highlighted Activities  Prairie wildflower viewing April through September. 
Hunting-Deer Fair population. See regulations.  
Hunting-Quail Fair population.  
Hunting-Rabbit Fair population.  
Hunting-Squirrel Fair population. Limited timber habitat. 
Hunting-Turkey Fair population. Limited timber habitat. Annual Fall Deer and Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information booklet and annual Spring Turkey Hunting Information booklet.  

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Parking Lot    

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Features
Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Fishless Pond  0.10 acres  
Named Prairie  51.00 acres Native tallgrass prairie. 

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Forest and Woodland 27.33  
Native Prairie 52.60 Tallgrass prairie. 
Total Area Acres:79.93 

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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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