Adult Programs
Class Themes:
Basket making class
Arts & Crafts
Basketry, wreath making, photography and more.
Tai ChiHealth & Wellness
Tai Chi, Wednesday Walks, Yoga, Runs, and much more.
Wild edible: spiderwortNature Study
Wildflower walks, wild edibles and many more.

Sitting on 2,400 acres, the grounds of the Shaw Nature Reserve are an unparalleled classroom. From gardening practices to nature study and everything in between—Shaw Nature Reserve offers a full range of learning opportunities. Classes, tours and programs are offered year-round.

Also be sure to check out upcoming adult classes and programs at the Missouri Botanical Garden and the Butterfly House.

 

Scheduling & Cancellation

Woman practicing archeryImportant: All groups—whether led by a Reserve Instructor or self-guided—must make reservations for their visit.

We have many classes available year round to teach you about plants, animals, our trails, and outdoor skills here at the Shaw Nature Reserve. See a list of classes available now

For information on cancellations/​refunds please read our cancellation policy.

To register for a class, cancel your reservation, or if you have any questions, please contact Rachel Weller, Public Programs, at (314) 577-9526 or rachel.weller@mobot.org.

Riding Tours

Wilderness wagon

Our naturalist/guide will narrate while you sit back and relax. To reserve a guide, it is absolutely necessary to make a reservation at least two weeks in advance!

Cost for tour:

  • $200: wilderness wagon one-hour tour on 3-mile Loop Road
  • $100: coach bus one-hour tour on 3-mile Loop Road
  • $50 per stop at Bascom House for walking tour or Whitmire Wildflower Garden for walking tour
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Walking Tours

Landscape of flowers in foreground, lake in background

For a group arriving on its own one of our staff can give a narrated walking tour of our ecology, native plant landscaping or our history. To reserve a guide, it is absolutely necessary to make a reservation at least two weeks in advance!

Cost for tour:

  • $50: thirty minute tour for a max of 28 people.
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Stay Overnight

Assembly building

Groups can stay in historic lodges at our Dana Brown Overnight Center.
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Book now! Call Aileen Abbott at (314) 577-9528.