We offer educational facilities and hands-on educational opportunities throughout the year to any school or group interested in pursuing outdoor conservation education. It is our goal to raise the awareness and knowledge of the need for conservation among students of Missouri. Public use is limited to appointment only.
Developed in conjunction with Discover Nature Schools and Missouri Learning Standards, the focus of our educational programs is to investigate science outdoors, or as Mrs. Jones says, “Learn, get dirty and have fun.” There is no charge to visitors for any use of Prairie Fork. In fact, grants are available through Discover Nature Schools to help with the cost of school group visits to Prairie Fork.
We look forward to hosting your group (of 10 or more) at Prairie Fork. To make your appointment, please complete the form and we will be in touch soon to confirm arrangements of your visit. Please contact us at least one month in advance to schedule an event or to receive further information.
Our Education Mission
Our goal is to raise awareness and knowledge of the importance of conservation among Missouri students of all ages by offering educational facilities and programs throughout the year.
The outreach and education mission of Prairie Fork Conservation Area is to raise the awareness and knowledge of conservation among all visitors. This is accomplished through hands-on educational opportunities showcasing the uniqueness of the area and its emphasis on natural communities.
The theme of Prairie Fork Conservation Area’s outreach and educational programs are “Natural Communities, Their Processes, and Their Functions.” Through participating in hands-on exploration, visitors will learn about Mid-Missouri’s natural communities, the issues affecting natural community management, and what makes natural communities important to Missouri plants and wildlife.