Overlooking Victoria Glade
Victoria Glade Overlooking Victoria Glade © Dana LePoidevin

Places We Protect

Victoria Glade

Missouri

Victoria Glade is an oasis of natural beauty, featuring more than 300 species of flowering plants, including the very rare Fremont's leather flower.

Victoria Glade harbors a unique array of species including several that are generally more commonly found in the desert, rather than a few miles from the banks of the Mississippi River. It is rich with natural wonders and is only 30 miles south of St. Louis.

This desert-like environment has an interesting array of wildlife found nowhere else in Missouri and has one of the world's largest populations of Fremont's leather flower, which is only found in east-central Missouri glades and a small area on the Nebraska/Kansas border. Additionally, more than 300 species of flowering plants can be found on the glade, including blue wild indigo, American aloe, Missouri Black-eyed Susan, blazing star and green milkweed.

Glades are unique natural communities with strong bedrock influences that support many plants and animals of conservation concern, and Missouri has more glade area than any other state. The exposed dolomite and west and south facing slopes keep the glade hot and arid, creating perfect conditions for collared lizards, scorpions, tarantulas and black widow spiders.

What TNC is Doing

We are using annual prescribed burns to eradicate the red cedars that infringe on the glade. Several research projects by local universities and partners have been conducted at Victoria Glade. 

Conditions

The terrain is moderately difficult to hike, and the climate is very hot in the summer.  June is the best time to visit. There are no designated trails and we ask that visitors do not disturb flags and markers, which belong to several research projects conducted by TNC and several university partners.

GIVE NATURE A HAND

Volunteers offer the Conservancy a way to complete more critically important work while developing lasting friendships and having a lot of fun. Learn more about volunteer opportunities with The Nature Conservancy in Missouri.

What to See: Plants

Look for blue wild indigo, American aloe, Missouri Black-eyed Susan, blazing star and green milkweed.

What to See: Wildlife

Collared lizards, scorpions, tarantulas, black widow spiders and other commonly seen woodland animals such as deer and wild turkeys call Victoria Glade home.

Gear

Check local weather forecast and dress accordingly.  Long pants and sleeves, hiking boots, hat and drinking water are recommended.  During warm weather, light color and light-weight clothing is suggested.  Repellent, binoculars and field guide(s) are worth bringing.

Questions? 

Call 314-968-1105 or email missouri@tnc.org