National Prairie Day is June 1, 2019 

The Missouri Prairie Foundation invites all to recognize and celebrate prairies in Missouri and throughout the nation.

National Prairie Day Fact Sheet

Jefferson City, MO (May 6, 2019)—Prairie is a defining landscape of the United States. From the prairies of the Plains and Midwest to the glades, coastal grasslands, and other related communities throughout the country, grasslands have benefited people in countless ways.

Today, 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 wildlife and pollinator habitat.

In 2016, the Missouri Prairie Foundation established National Prairie Day, registered on the National Day Calendar as the first Saturday in June. The goals of this special day are to enhance public awareness of what prairie is, educate about its value, and motivate and inspire all to support prairie conservation, restoration, and enjoyment. This year, National Prairie Day is Saturday, June 1, 2019.

“All are invited to join us in celebration of National Prairie Day,” said Carol Davit, executive director of the Missouri Prairie Foundation, a 53-year-old non-profit prairie conservation organization and land trust. “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.”

The Missouri Prairie Foundation will celebrate National Prairie Day by hosting its 10th annual Prairie BioBlitz at the original prairie owned by Dr. Wayne Morton near Cole Camp, MO on June 1 and 2—free of charge and open to all—with biologist leaders, a potluck dinner, and after-dinner speaker Dr. Robert Kipfer portraying Henry Rowe Schoolcraft, who explored the Ozarks 200 years ago. The 10th Annual Prairie BioBlitz will be held in conjunction with Prairie Day, an event organized by the Hi Lonesome Chapter of Missouri Master Naturalists, with artisans, games, and other activities related to pioneer life on the prairie. The weekend will also include stargazing with astronomers and tent camping on the prairie. For details and to register for the event, visit moprairie.org.

Learn more about National Prairie Day and how you can be a part of this special day across the nation.