Saturday & Sunday, June 2 & 3, 2018: MPF's 9th Annual Prairie BioBlitz old

Missouri Prairie Foundation

MPF’s 9th Annual Prairie BioBlitz at MPF’s Pleasant Run Creek Prairie

2018 BioBlitzYou are invited to a free weekend of fun and learning at the Missouri Prairie Foundation’s 9th Annual Prairie Bioblitz to be held at its Pleasant Run Creek Prairie in southern Vernon County, part of a complex of prairies totaling 620 acres. Adults and children can take part in nature study with experts on mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, pollinators, stream life, ants, butterflies, moths, spiders, and plants, and help inventory species from the site. This event is free of charge, and an interest in nature is all that is required to attend!

After an afternoon of prairie exploration, there will be a potluck dinner under the big tent followed by an after-dinner talk by Chris Crabtree: Missouri’s Rich Native American Heritage—from the Swamplands to the Prairies. After dark, participants can learn about nocturnal insects and participate in a spider search. Free tent camping is available on the prairie. Additional surveying and inventory work will continue on the morning of June 3.

What MPF provides: a big tent for gathering and eating under, chairs, tables, and portable toilets.

What you should bring: tent camping supplies, outdoor clothing, sunscreen, insect repellent/tick protection, flashlight, drinking water, plates, utensils, a dish to share at the potluck dinner and a cooler to keep it in if it is perishable. You may also want to bring food for breakfast on June 3 and snacks, as well as field guides and a camera. A stove will be available for making coffee and tea in the morning. Tip: rubber boots are nice for shielding against morning dew.

Pleasant Run Creek is a 180-acre tract located across the road from MPF’s Denison Prairie and next to MPF’s Lattner Prairie. It includes 71 acres of original, dry-mesic sandstone prairie and prairie swale communities, 67 acres undergoing reconstruction with locally collected seed, a farm pond renovating into an ephemeral wetland, and a wooded riparian corridor undergoing tree removal.  MPF purchased this land in 2014.

Google Earth Map of Pleasant Run Creek Prairie 

Pleasant Run Creek Prairie is located in Vernon County on Zodiac Road, about 3 miles west of Sheldon.  From I-49, take exit 88 and turn south onto the outer road on the west side of the highway. Drive 1 mile south until the road turns west and becomes Zodiac Road, then continue west for 2.2 miles. The prairie is on the north side of the road. Park on the side of the gravel road near the west uphill gate. By GPS N37 38.894 W94 20.765 (in decimal degrees, 37.648242 -094.346086).

Download the 9th Annual Prairie BioBlitz flyer (pictured above). Feel free to post/share, and spread the word! All are welcome.

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Note there are maximum group sizes—please add your name to all the sessions in which you want to participate (with the "Add" buttons), one session per time slot. If a session does not have an "Add" button, you can participate but don't need to register. Scroll through the itinerary below to see all the available options.

If you are registering people other than yourself or you have any questions, please send a message to or call 888-843-6739.

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