O'Malley Prairies

The O'Malley Prairies

For more information: Background of the O'Malley Prairies (PDF)

About the Groundsmap of O'Malley Prairies

The O’Malley properties are two small parcels of land near the Monahan Outdoor Education Center. Both contain postage stamp prairies that are botanically diverse for their size, as well as adjacent to woodlands.

O’Malley West is next to the eastern edge of the Monahan Outdoor Education Center, also managed by the Department of Biology. The unnamed tributary that leaves the Monahan skirts the southern edge of the west O’Malley woodland.

O’Malley East is a triangular property that abuts two county roads and an abandoned railroad line. A small wooded wetland is located next to the rail line.


In 1990, the O'Malley family (brother and sister) from Weir, KS, agreed to let the Department of Biology access the grasslands on the property for educational purposes, and the O'Malley's would mow them yearly for hay. On September 22, 2016, the property – grassland and woodland - was given to Pittsburg State University by the descendants of Mary Elizabeth O’Malley and her brother, Charles David O’Malley.


These properties have been used by various field biology courses for identifying or collecting plants and invertebrates. The small wetland on the east prairie has been sampled for chemical water quality.


There is no active management plan at this time. The parcels have been intermittently mowed or burned over the years.


Images of O'Malley Prairies
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Dr. Dixie Smith at O'Malley Prairies Dr. Dixie Smith in grassland at O'Malley Prairies Dixie Smith-OMalleyPrairies3