About Prairie Fork
Prairie Fork Conservation Area is a 711-acre area that was donated to the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) by Hilda (Pat) Jones in 1997. At the time of the donation, the Prairie Fork Trust was also created to provide oversight and additional funding for activities related to natural resource education, restoration, management and research.
In keeping with the original intent of the donation, the Missouri Department of Conservation, the University of Missouri School of Natural Resources, and the Missouri Prairie Foundation cooperatively manage Prairie Fork Conservation Area for several broad objectives:
- To provide educational experiences related to forestry, fisheries, wildlife, soils, and environmental conservation for all citizens, but especially for our youth, with an emphasis on pre-schoolers through eighth grade.
- To restore and maintain natural communities and their processes and functions
- To develop techniques that promotes both wise use and sustainability of our natural resources.
- To encourage research from diverse disciplines in the implementation of the above objectives and provide students cross-disciplinary experiences in research and educational programs.