The Shelton L. Cook Meadow is prized for the diversity of its wildflower populations, amongst the richest within a Missouri prairie according to expert botanists. It explodes with color in the late spring when most of the flowers are in bloom.
The best time to go is during the spring and early summer, when the flowers are in bloom and the grasses are growing. Gently rolling hills make for easy hiking, although grass clumps can turn an ankle. July and August can be quite hot.
Why TNC Selected This Site
Cook Meadow is one of the highest quality and most diverse prairie remnants in the Osage Plains, with more than 400 documented plant species.
What TNC Has Done/Is Doing
We are using several methods to maintain a high quality prairie system, including prescribed fire, aggressive woody vegetable reduction work, and exotic species control programs. TNC is collecting native seed at Cook Meadow for restoration of prairies in the Osage Plains.