Regal Fritillary on Butterfly Milkweed, Friendly Prairie, Pettis County, Missouri.

Regal Fritillary on Butterfly Milkweed, Friendly Prairie (Missouri Prairie Foundation), Pettis County, Missouri. Photo by Bruce Schuette.

When Is National Prairie Day?

National Prairie Day, established by the Missouri Prairie Foundation, is designated as the first Saturday in June on the National Day Calendar. This year, National Prairie Day will be celebrated on Sat 4 June 2016.

Mission

  • Enhance public awareness of what prairie is, educate about its value, and motivate all who learn about prairie to be inspired to support prairie protection, conservation, restoration, enjoyment, and the ecological concepts found there.
  • Create curiosity and celebrate and encourage a national dialogue around the common ground of the historic and current value of prairie.
  • Recognize the vital importance of conserving the original prairie that remains, and the need to reconstruct native grasslands where appropriate.
  • Celebrate what we can learn, and have yet to discover, from prairie.
  • Discover how each of us benefits from this complex ecosystem.
  • Bring together otherwise disparate entities, united on common ground, towards a common goal.

Get Involved!

If you are a representative of an outdoor, conservation, biological, educational, recreational, or other related organization, become a sponsor of National Prairie Day or publicize an event that helps your organization while getting the word out about prairies.

If you’re a student, teacher, government official, or private citizen, contact groups with which you’re involved to help spread the word about National Prairie Day!

Use #nationalprairieday on social media sites.