September 15th - 17th

MONPS 2023

Fall Field Trip

Join us for our next MONPS weekend! We will be visiting several sites near Clinton, MO beginning the afternoon of Friday, September 15th and wrapping up on Sunday morning, September 17th.

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Friday Afternoon - September 15th


Truman Reservoir

Join Paul McKenzie for a visit to the shore of Truman Reservoir to see a rare species of sedge, Cyperus flavicomus, or Whiteedge Flatsedge. This population was discovered by Paul in 2020 and is the first time in 25 years that this species has been documented in the state.

Field Trip Leader: Paul McKenzie

Friday Evening - September 15th


Friday Night Speaker

(MDC Clinton Office)

Join us for a talk from Dr. Tom Thompson, who will provide us with an update on the long-term Patch Burn Grazing with Cattle Research Studies that MDC has led since 2015.

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Saturday Morning - September 16th


Taberville Prairie Conservation Area

Taberville Prairie conservation area consists of 1,680 acres of which over 1,300 acres are prairie habitat. Dr. Tom Thompson will lead us on a tour of the area where we will get to see first-hand the results of the first 5-year assessment of the PBGC research studies. Dr. Thompson has graciously arranged for transportation across the site. Water jugs will also be available for refill of personal water bottles due to the potential for excess heat.

Field Trip Leader: Tom Thompson

Leave from Parkfield Inn at 8:00 AM

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Saturday, September 16th

12:30 PM - Lunch Break

Valley Center Church Parking Lot - Thoh-Dah Prairie

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Saturday Afternoon - September 16th


Thoh-Dah Prairie

The Missouri Prairie Foundation acquired Thoh-dah Prairie in December of 2021. Prior to this, the 155-acre prairie was managed primarily as a hay field. Since acquiring the property, MPF has conducted several biological surveys, including a prairie Bio-blitz in June of 2022. This upland, dry-mesic sandstone/shale prairie is home to over a dozen remnant dependent species and three species of concern: Asclepias meadii (Mead’s Milkweed), Calopogon oklahomensis (Prairie Grass Pink Orchid), and the prairie mole cricket.

Field Trip Leader: Hilary Haley

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Saturday, September 16th

5:30 PM - Dinner (Optional)

El Camino Real

417 Kansas Ave, Clinton, MO 64735

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Saturday Evening - September 16th


Board Meeting

(MDC Clinton Office)

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Sunday Morning - September 17th


Dave Rock Conservation Area

Dave Rock is “a large complex of sandstone glade, savanna, and dry, mesic sandstone forest exists. The uniqueness of this sandstone glade is the large expanse of exposed sandstone outcrop and the numerous species of mosses and lichens.” Parking will be along the driveway located on the south end of the property. This driveway leads to a private residence. Please park along the north side of the driveway only and take precautions to not block the road.

Field Trip Leader: Malissa Briggler

Leave from Parkfield Inn at 8:30 AM

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Lodging Options

Make your lodging reservations soon as it’s difficult for us to block rooms in advance. Be sure to make reservations and let them know you are with the Missouri Native Plant Society.

Parkfield Inn

506 Kansas Ave, Clinton, MO 64735

(660) 890-6188

Group code: Missouri Native Plant Society

Rate: $97 per night + tax