Located within the city limits and adjacent to Harrison High School and Middle School, Baker Prairie is one of Arkansas’ finest educational resources and among the most accessible of all the natural areas in the state.
Baker Prairie is home to over 250 different species of animals and plants. Some of the rare plants include: Ozark trillium, prairie violet, royal catchfly, silky aster, downy gentian, and early goldenrod. Baker Prairie is also home to four animal species of special concern: willow flycatcher, grasshopper sparrow, prairie mole cricket, and ornate box turtle.
Due to its relatively small size and urban location, habitat degradation is a constant concern. Baker Prairie is a natural area that must be protected with special care.
Friends of Baker Prairie (FOBP) is a non-profit environmental organization dedicated to the conservation and preservation of Baker Prairie, a native tallgrass prairie located in Harrison, Arkansas.
The 71 virgin acres of Baker Prairie are all that remain of a 5,000 acre prairie ecosystem located in northwest Arkansas. As development continues to surround Baker Prairie, threats to its healthy survival multiply.
The mission of Friends of Baker Prairie is to protect Baker Prairie for the enjoyment of current and future generations and to promote educational projects informing others about its esthetic, ecological, and historical significance.
Follow U.S. Highway 65 north through Harrison. At the intersection of Hwy. 65, Hwy. 65B (North Main) and Industrial Park Road continue west on Industrial Park Road (Hwy. 65 is the main road and will turn to the north at this point). Follow Industrial Park Road to Goblin Drive. At stoplight, turn left on Goblin Drive. The prairie is 0.5 mile down Goblin Drive. Signs are on both sides of the road. Parking is available on the left side of the road at the high school and middle school.