June 16th - 18th

MONPS 2023

Summer Field Trip

Join us for our next MONPS weekend! We will be visiting several sites near Columbia, MO beginning the afternoon of Friday, June 16th and wrapping up on Sunday morning, June 18th.

As part of our summer trip, we’ll also hold our 2023 Annual Meeting where members are invited to hear about activities we’ve been working on in the past year and the work we expect to be doing in the future. The meeting will also feature presentations of the 2023 MONPS awards. See details below and be sure to mark your calendars!

Friday Afternoon - June 16th


Tucker Prairie Natural Area

At 146 acres, Tucker Prairie is the largest prairie remnant in mid-Missouri. The University of Missouri purchased this tract in 1957 and has maintained it as a research prairie. The rich, biological diversity of this prairie supports over 250 species of plants, including Michigan Lily (Lilium michiganense) and Virginia Bunchflower (Veratrum virginicum).

Friday Evening -June 16th


Friday Night Speaker

(MDC Central Regional Office)

An expert in many various genera, Paul McKenzie will give us an in-depth look into his work with invertebrate species, including the Hine’s Emerald Dragonfly (Somatochlora hineana).

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Saturday Morning - June 17th


Johnson Private Property and Sinkhole Pond

Join us for a special tour! Private landowners, Brian and Susan Johnson have invited the MO Native Plant Society to tour their property located near Columbia, MO. Our Friday evening speaker, Paul McKenzie, will join us for this tour. Paul is working to nominate this land as a Natural Area, which is not commonly done for private lands. Their property includes an incredible array of plant species and showcases a sinkhole pond where many species of sedges, some rare, have been observed. The landowners will have a vehicle available to transport anyone with mobility issues.

Leave from Quality Inn and Suites at 8:00 AM

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Saturday, June 17th

12:00 PM - Lunch Break

Johnson Private Property

Saturday Afternoon - June 17th


Hundred Acre Woods Nature Preserve

Managed by the Greenbelt Land Trust of Mid-America, this 102-acre preserve includes a diversity of habitats and rare plant species have been observed on the area. From the website, “The property features upland grassland and savanna habitat, as well as woodland and forested areas at lower elevations along Silver Fork and Kelly Branch creeks, and a small glade.”

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Saturday, June 17th

5:30 PM - Dinner (Optional)

HuHot Mongolian Grill

3802 Buttonwood Drive, Columbia, MO 65201

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Saturday Evening -June 17th


Annual MONPS Meeting and Board Meeting

MDC Central Regional Office

The quarterly Board Meeting will immediately follow the Annual Meeting

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Sunday Morning - June 18th


Auxvasse Glade within Reform Conservation Area

We’ll wrap up the weekend with a visit to Auxvasse Glade. This outstanding and extensive dolomite glade system extends for 31 acres. Located on the western edge of the conservation area, this site houses over 220 native plant species, including yellow coneflower (Echinacea paradoxa) and a rarer species of sedge, Crawe’s Sedge (Carex crawei). An important note about this area: We will meet at a parking lot on Reform CA and carpool to the glade via an access road that traverses private property.

Leave from Quality Inn and Suites at 8:00 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.

Quality Inn and Suites

801 N. Keene Street, Columbia, MO 65201

(573) 449-4422

Room block: Missouri Native Plant Society

Reserve rooms by May 27 to get the group rate of $95 per night.

Account number is: 4624323