Take a prairie hike for enjoying late summer wildflowers & grassland songbirds

Summer is an adventurous and scenic time to hike at one of the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) remnant native prairies.  

Several wildflower types are in bloom and the warm season grasses such as big bluestem are sending up seed stalks. 

Grasses and wildflowers are tall in places. Whether an easy walk on a service road or pushing through lush growth, the rewards are seeing various butterflies, blooms, and birds in a native grassland setting.

Viewing butterflies on blooms, such as this orange sulfur butterfly atop a pale purple coneflower that is adjacent to leadplant with purple bloom, makes a prairie hike worthwhile.

A prairie hike provides a primordial feeling that’s similar to a walk in the woods, but one with different sights and sounds under a broad sky. 

Many people have never experienced prairie because so little of Missouri’s once-vast native grassland survived agricultural and urban development.

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