2018 Summer Silent Auction Preview

These are a few of the items and experiences that will be available at our Summer Silent Auction at the 2018 Annual Dinner on August 4 in Columbia, Missouri. We are adding more items every day, so check back often! View the full Photo Gallery here.


Item: ‘Lone Bluebird’
8.5” x 11” framed
Alcohol ink print, printed on German etching paper
Signed, stamped limited edition
Donor and Artist: Marti Dodge
Value: $145

Schwartz book

Item: The Prairie Chicken in Missouri book by Charles Schwartz
Donor: Rick Thom
Starting bid: $100

Published in 1944, this collector's item by the legendary biologist and artist includes the author's artwork and has a foreword by Ding Darling.

Item: "Bobwhite Pair"
Framed and signed print by Roberta "Roby" Baer
Donors: David Young (print) and Jan Sassmann (framing)
Value: $80
Starting bid: $40

Linden's Prairie painting

Item: Linden's Prairie Painting
Donor and Artist: Jan Trager

Missouri Natural Areas

Item: Private Tour of Missouri Natural Area with Michael Leahy and a signed copy of Missouri's Natural Areas
Donor: Michael Leahy
Starting bid: $50

Peruse the Discover Missouri's Natural Areas book and select the designated Missouri Natural Area of your choice, and book author and Missouri Department of Conservation Natural Community Ecologist Mike Leahy will give you a private tour, sharing his expertise on geology, plant communities, birds, and other natural history facts.

Bonnie Teel guest cottage

Item: One night's stay at prairie guest cottage
Donor: Bonnie Teel
Starting bid: $60

Unplug and enjoy nature at a charming and just-renovated, century-old farmhouse with 2 bedrooms (one queen bed and 2 twins), bathroom with tub/shower, full kitchen, living and dining rooms. Stunning views of 100s of acres of original prairie.  This little bit of heaven is about 85 miles straight south of KC and a prime spot to enjoy many of the Missouri Prairie Foundation's prairies.  Continental breakfast is provided and maybe a glass or two of wine with your host.  Also included will be a guided tour of the original farm, barn and house, which have just been listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. This farm is within easy driving of Nevada, Butler, Rich Hill, Mo. and Ft. Scott, Kansas.  Over two hundred acres of the prairie at Prairie View Farm are listed as a state-designated Missouri Natural Area.


Item: Guided Prairie Birding Trip
Donor: Missouri River Bird Observatory
Starting bid: $75

Private prairie birding trip in Missouri with ornithologists with the Missouri River Bird Observatory. Learn about our wonderful prairie avian fauna with the experts! 

Echo Bluffs logo
Stay at Echo Bluffs State Park
Donors: Paul and Karen Cox
Value: $500

Echo Bluff State Park, Eminence, MO.  For two or three nights, stay in your choice of rooms or 2 bedroom suite in this  new gorgeous and most welcoming lodge.  Spend time on the landscaped grounds and enjoy Sinking Creek and its birds.  Tour the old Camp Zoe. Read or eat on the huge decks and patios. Or, treat yourself to Fall, Winter or Spring hiking at this premier Missouri State Park.  3 trails. The maintained trail  between Echo Bluff and the non-developed Current River State Park is one of Missouri's finest long, round-trip day hikes. Many species to appreciate. Or use your dollars on meals.  You can phone Echo Bluff and get referrals to independent Current River canoe outfitters. (Not part of the package) Value of  Auction Item is $500.00. Lodging costs vary by room type, season, and day of week. We strongly suggest Fall, Winter or Spring for best lodging values and best hiking.

Includes gift basket with items pictured here, including travel mug, flash drive, leaf ornament, chocolate pralined peanuts, and cooler.

echo bluffs gift basket

Plus: dozens of items donated by Bass Pro Shops®! Just a few are shown below; view the full auction gallery here.


Bass Pro donations