Lockwood Park has two acres of reconstructed Missouri native prairie in the center of the park. This prairie is bound by fencing and sidewalks and features a variety of native Missouri wildflowers and grasses that attract many birds and butterflies.
An important component of maintaining a healthy native prairie includes the removal of non-native, invasive plants and conducting periodic prescribed, or "controlled" burns. Historically, prairies regularly experienced fires through both human and natural causes and native plants became fire tolerant. Today, controlled burns return vital nutrients to the soil and increase native seed germination. They also assist in controlling non-native species.
2017 Controlled Burn
On Saturday, April 1, the City of Webster Groves conducted a controlled burn of the Lockwood Park prairie. This controlled burn was conducted by a Missouri Department of Conservation certified Burn Boss, working in conjunction with City personnel and the Webster Groves Fire Department.