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Welcome to Prairie Fork

Prairie Fork Conservation Area is located in eastern Callaway County, Missouri, southwest of Williamsburg. This 911-acre area was donated to the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) by Hilda P. Jones in 1997. Her vision for Prairie Fork encompassed three major emphasis areas. These included the implementation of conservation education programs which facilitate hands-on learning (particularly for the young and young at heart), natural resource research, and natural community management. These program areas are supported by the Prairie Fork Charitable Endowment Trust, which Mrs. Jones established in 1996. The Trust is managed jointly by the University of Missouri School of Natural Resources and the Missouri Department of Conservation.

The Prairie Fork Trust annually requests and funds several projects that further Prairie Fork’s research and natural community goals and objectives.


Our goal is to raise awareness and knowledge of the need for conservation among students of Missouri by offering educational facilities and programs throughout the year.


Our management program goal is to reconstruct, restore, and manage the natural communities of Prairie Fork Conservation Area, along with their process and functions.

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We look forward to hosting your group at Prairie Fork.

Our property is available by appointment only. Please complete the form to the right and we will be in touch soon to confirm arrangements of your visit.

For additional information, please contact:

Outreach & Education Coordinator
Phone: (573) 254-3990

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