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Within the System of Natural Areas are sites that represent some of the best, and last, remaining examples of the state’s original natural landscape. Natural areas are special places that protect rare natural communities and provide vital habitat for a host of plant and animal species, some of which are considered to be rare, threatened, or endangered. Locate one of our 79 natural areas below.


Searles Prairie Natural Area

Searles Prairie Natural Area
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Ozark Mountains
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Searles Prairie Natural Area is a 12.5-acre remnant of a 10,000-acre tallgrass prairie that once occupied part of the Springfield Plateau of the Ozark Mountains around Rogers. Prairie mounds are scattered throughout the natural area and are thought to have originated from windblown material deposited during dry climatic periods since the last glaciation. Plant species such as big bluestem, little bluestem, prairie cordgrass, and switchgrass occur across the site. Located within the city limits of Rogers, this natural area provides public opportunities for environmental education. Although located within an urban setting, rare plant species continue to be recorded from this site.


Take exit 86 off Interstate 49 in Rogers. Go 2 miles east on U.S. Highway 62. The natural area is located at the junction of Dixieland Road and U.S. Highway 62.


Hunting is prohibited on this natural area.

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