Saturday, October 19, 2019: MPF Annual Member Meeting and Evening on the Prairie

Missouri Prairie Foundation

Gentian blooming at Snowball Hill Prairie. Photo by Bruce Schuette

Please Join Us for the MPF Annual Member Meeting & Evening on the Prairie, Saturday, Oct. 19 

MPF’s Member Meeting & Evening on the Prairie will be held Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019 at MPF’s Snowball Hill Prairie near Harrisonville, MO in Cass County, 35 miles south of downtown Kansas City. 

Enjoy this free event (except for optional barbeque dinner) with walking tours of MPF’s beautiful Snowball Hill Prairie; welcome by Harrisonville’s Mayor Judy Bowman; complimentary wine donated by MPF Past President Randy Washburn; silent auction; and optional barbecue dinner. Free tent camping. 

2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Walking tours of the prairie led by MPF’s Vice President of Science & Management, Bruce Schuette and Director of Prairie Management, Jerod Heubner. 

4:00 p.m. Welcome from Harrisonville Mayor Judy Bowman followed by MPF member meeting. Members will vote for director nominees Jan Sassmann, Maddie Johnston, and Brian Edmond (see their bios below). 

4:30 p.m. Complimentary wine will be served. Bid on great outdoor gear and other items in our silent auction under a big tent. 

6:00 p.m. Barbeque dinner will be served: pulled smoked pork, smoked brisket, potato salad, coleslaw, baked beans, dessert. Vegetarian and vegan options are available upon request at time of registration.

This event is free (except for for barbeque dinner: MPF members: $15 (12 and under: $12); non-members: $20. Register for this free event now, or call 888-843-6739 by October 11.

Park in the newly constructed parking lot just off 275th Street at Belle Plain Road. Address:  19866 E. 275th St. Harrisonville, MO DIRECTIONS: Snowball Hill Prairie is just west of I-49 south of Harrisonville. Take exit 157 and turn west to follow 275th Street, when you come to the stop sign at the T, turn left (Brickplant Rd.), cross the railroad tracks, and just a short distance you will see South Belle Plain Rd. on the left and the turn into Snowball Hill prairie on the right.

Board of Directors Nominees:

Brian Edmond
Brian Edmond works by day as an IT professional at Missouri State University with a particular interest in open source software and the community development methodology. Much of his extracurricular work occurs at the intersection of biology and technology. Edmond is an author on the Atlas of Missouri Amphibians and Reptiles and has crunched massive datasets for several field research projects. He also manages web sites for several non-profit organizations and has a specific interest in native plants, amphibians, reptiles, scientific collections, habitat restoration, conservation issues, and exploring natural areas, particularly rivers and streams. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Biology from the University of Missouri and owns a 10-acre native plant farm in Greene County, Missouri. Brian has served as an MPF board member and on the Outreach & Education and Science & Management Committees for several years.
Jan Sassmann
In the fourth year of a 36-year teaching career, Jan Sassmann planted a tall grass prairie on the Rolla Middle School Campus. The same year she began illustrating a field guide and planning an outdoor classroom. Her interest in the outdoors never waned. In her retirement, Jan lives and works to restore and improve a 120-acre Osage county landscape with native grasslands and improved woodlots. In the process she and her husband have received recognition and awards for their work from Missouri Department of Conservation, the Conservation Federation of Missouri, and Quail Forever. The Legends of Conservation organization was born from their efforts and their work on and off the farm continues to impact a broad spectrum of citizens. Jan has been a Missouri Prairie Foundation board member for seven years and looks forward to continuing her tenure for the benefit of MPF and grassland conservation.
Maddie Johnston
Maddie has served as a board member of MPF since October 2017. She received her B.A. in Environmental Studies from Denison University in 2014 and her J.D. from St. Louis University School of Law in 2017. While at SLU law, Maddie served as President of the Environmental Law Society, Lead Editor of the Journal of Health Law & Policy, and writer for the ABA’s Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources. She has previously worked and researched for the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation in Florida, the Department of Natural Resources and MPF in Missouri, People Endorsing Agricultural Sustainability in Ohio, and the School for Field Studies in Turks & Caicos. She is currently an attorney at Fox Galvin, LLC in downtown St. Louis. 
10/19/2019 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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