Prairie Fork News and Updates: Fourth Quarter 2023

The fall months continue to see education and management staff working hard to provide a great opportunity for all who are able to take advantage of exploring Prairie Fork Conservation Area.

Photo credit: Amber Edwards 2023

Educational Updates

The educational staff hosted 30 groups/individuals from October through December.

The website saw an uptick with individuals and groups smaller than 10 taking advantage of the Daily Use Permit to come hiking.

Outdoor Classroom Three Dip Net Supplies

Photo credit: Amber Edwards 2023

Scouts, School Groups and College Programs

Scout groups continued to camp, hike, and participate in service hours.

Local School groups explored the Prairie, Pond, and Forest Habitats. This fall we saw watercolor drawings along with field notes taken in each habitat.

Outdoor Classroom Three Dip Net Supplies

Photo credit: Amber Edwards 2023

Photo credit: Amber Edwards 2023

Photo credit: Amber Edwards 2023

Outdoor Classroom Three Dip Net Supplies

Photo credit: Amber Edwards 2023

MU’s Environmental Education Class continued with their firsthand Peer-to-Peer teaching to complete the Missouri Department of Conservation Discover Nature Unleashed Training. 

The Conservation Leadership Corps participated in another Fall workday where we removed the outdoor classroom benches and stored them for the winter.

Outdoor Classroom Three Dip Net Supplies

Photo credit: Amber Edwards 2023

Outdoor Classroom Three Dip Net Supplies

Photo credit: Amber Edwards 2023

We continued to have Edward Jones groups plant around our outdoor classrooms.

In keeping with Mrs. Pat’s wishes the Spirit of Caring award creators have brought back the leftover pine shavings removed in the process of creating the awards. These shavings will continue to help create the floor surface of Outdoor Classroom #5.

Photo credit: Amber Edwards 2023

Outdoor Classroom 4-2

Photo Credit: Amber Edwards 2023

Photo Credit: Amber Edwards 2023

Edward Jones Facilities group came for a tour as they are converting a demolished building site into a Native Prairie. They hiked through the prairie reconstructed by Ted, Pat, and the Missouri Department of Conservation.

 

The Meeting space saw use multiple days during the fourth quarter.

Area Management Updates

Management staff continue with projects and maintenance in the fall months.

See You Again in 2024!

Remember to “Learn, Get Dirty and Have Fun!”