Who We Are
The Missouri Prairie Foundation is a private, nonprofit, 501(c)(3) prairie conservation organization governed by a volunteer board of directors. A staff of three carry out daily operations of the organization and several technical advisors provide valuable technical assistance. Numerous, valued volunteers assist with prairie management and outreach activities.
The Missouri Prairie Foundation was founded in 1966 by a small group of conservation professionals and volunteers who were concerned about the rapid decline of greater prairie-chickens and the degradation and loss of grassland habitat throughout the state. Since that time, MPF has grown and developed with several goals in mind, including the permanent protection of prairie habitat and the need for greater understanding of the role of native grasslands in wildlife conservation, energy security and carbon storage. MPF also became the home of the Grow Native! program in July 2012, and through this education and marketing program, promotes the use of native plants in the built environment and altered landscapes.
What began as an all-volunteer advocacy group has grown into an organization that both owns and/or manages nearly more than 3,000 acres of land, produces one of North America’s only magazines on native grasslands and has more than 1,900+ members—and continues to advocate for state-wide prairie protection. Our work would not be possible without the many hours of service from our dedicated board members, our generous members and other supporters, our loyal volunteers and our committed two staff members.