Day Programs for School Groups
Students investigating aquatic macroinvertebrates

Our programs are designed to immerse students in inquiry, exploration, and problem solving while experiencing the Missouri landscape. Just 45 minutes from St. Louis, but a world away for young minds…

Shaw Nature Reserve classes vary in duration from 1 to 2 hours, but all include hands-on learning and active discovery of nature and the great outdoors. We encourage you to schedule two classes with a lunch in between to make the most out of your Shaw Nature Reserve experience.

Required Chaperones:
Required chaperones attend free of charge.

  • Grades PreK–3: 1 adult per 8 students
  • Grades 4 & up: 1 adult per 10 students

Classes cost $2 per student. Schedule a day program

Teacher’s Special (Grades PreK–6)

Offered March & November
Length of class: 1 to 2 hours
Limit: 40 students
Fee: $2

 Schedule a class!

Shaw Nature Reserve offers you a unique opportunity to custom design a field trip to support your students' classroom learning. Work with our education staff to design a 1 to 2 hour program utilizing the Reserve's diverse ecosystems to bring your lesson to life. One month advanced notice is needed.


Click on a class title below to expand its description. Please note we cannot accommodate groups over 40 on rainy days due to lack of a building.  

Day Classes for Grades PreK–3

Day Classes for Grades 4–8

People & the Prairie (Grades 4–8)

Offered March & November
Length of class: 3–4 hours
Limit: 40 students
Fee: $2

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Students learn to throw an atlatl Explore the fascinating history of the people who lived on the prairies in the United States. Discover what type of people called the hot and windy prairie home. Learn how atlatls and rabbit sticks were used and discover what part the trading post played. Try a skill that the cowboys needed to make their way to the railroad lines. Your students will learn about the plants that were used by people on the prairie and will visit two types of homes on the prairie. They will learn how fire is used to restore Missouri’s prairie today as they discover what an important part the prairie has played in our past and plays in our future.  Class can be designed to cover a 3–4 hour time block.

Concepts covered:  History of pre-settlement to modern day life on the prairie; plant and animal life on the prairie; fire as a management tool; basic math skills are used.

Day Classes for Grades 4–12 at Dana Brown Overnight Center

Adlyne Freund Center at DBOCIn addition to the classes described above, we also offer day classes through our Dana Brown Overnight Center (DBOC). You can register for these classes in conjunction with an overnight, but an overnight stay is not required. Classes are geared for grades 4 through 12 and may be customized to meet your objectives.

Classes cost $5 per student. Schedule a day program through DBOC

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Butterfly and prairie flowersSTEM STL Trifecta (Grades K–5)
Endangered Wolf Center, Shaw Nature Reserve and World Bird Sanctuary have partnered to create an innovative approach to science field trips! The goal of the STEM STL Trifecta program is to provide schools with cohesive curriculum-based field trips that are in line with Missouri state DESE standards. You will get grade specific, pre-planned field trips to serve as an exciting supplement to the concepts your teachers are teaching in the classroom.
  • Kindergarten: Endangered Wolf Center
  • 1st Grade: World Bird Sanctuary
  • 2nd Grade: Shaw Nature Reserve
  • 3rd Grade: Endangered Wolf Center
  • 4th Grade: World Bird Sanctuary
  • 5th Grade: Shaw Nature Reserve
Fee: $8 per child
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