June 2nd, 2016
The Missouri Prairie Foundation invites all to recognize and celebrate prairies in Missouri and throughout the nation.
In its 50th Anniversary year, the Missouri Prairie Foundation (MPF) has established National Prairie Day, the first Saturday in June, to enhance public awareness of what prairie is, educate about its value, and motivate all who learn about prairie to be inspired to support prairie conservation, restoration, and enjoyment. This year, National Prairie Day is Saturday, June 4, 2016.
“All are invited to join us in celebration of the inaugural National Prairie Day,” said Carol Davit, executive director of the Missouri Prairie Foundation. “National Prairie Day provides a day of focus across the United States to inspire learning, appreciation, exploration of our national prairie legacy, and success of national, regional, statewide, and local prairie conservation efforts from coast to coast.”
MPF will celebrate National Prairie Day by hosting its free, 7th annual Prairie BioBlitz at its Linden’s Prairie in Lawrence Co., Missouri. This event is open to all and will include biologist leaders, a potluck dinner, and tent camping on the prairie. For details on the event, visit moprairie.org.
Today—from the tallgrass prairie east of the Rockies, and westward through mid- and short-grass prairies that stretched to the Pacific coast—our native grassland legacy has been dramatically reduced to scattered remnants of its once vast 160-million-acre domain across North America.
These remnants, from pocket prairies with their beauty and diversity of plants, insects, birds, and other grassland wildlife, to the larger tracts that support cattle ranching, antelope, bison and other large animals, remain vitally important to Americans for their contributions to water quality, soil health, carbon storage, protection in drought, and pollinator habitat.
Learn more about National Prairie Day and how you can be a part of this special day across the nation at nationalprairieday.org.
The Missouri Prairie Foundation is a 50-year-old membership organization that protects and restores prairie and other native grasslands through acquisition, management, education, and support of prairie research. The organization owns 20 properties totaling more than 3,200 acres of prairie across the state and works with partners to inspire conservation of thousands more. The Missouri Prairie Foundation is also home to the Grow Native! native plant education and marketing program.