Schwartz Prairie, St. Clair County

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Kevin Sink took this photo of Schwartz Prairie in late spring blooming splendor in May 2012.

This 240-acre site was saved by MPF in 1991. It is named for conservation pioneers Charles W. and Elizabeth R. Schwartz.
More than 390 native plants, including Geocarpon minimum, known from fewer than 50 sites on earth, have been recorded at Schwartz Prairie. Other rare species found on the site include prairie mole crickets and prairie fringed orchids.

Directions:  Schwartz Prairie is located in St Clair County on SW 800 Road, about 8 miles east-northeast of El Dorado Springs.  From HW 54, take State Highway K north for 2 miles, then turn left onto SW 778 Road for 1 mile, then turn left onto SW 301 Road for .3 mile, then right onto SW 800 Road.  Drive about one-half mile; the prairie is on the right.  By GPS, N37 54.520 W93 51.435 (in decimal degrees, 37.90866 -93.85726).

Profile on Schwartz Prairie, from the Spring 2008 issue of the Missouri Prairie Journal