Summer Opportunities
Summer Opportunities at Shaw Nature Reserve

A wide range of classes are offered through our adult and family programs each summer. In addition, summer programs for people of all ages take place at the Missouri Botanical Garden and the Butterfly House.

Family Classes

Shaw Family Adventures is a series of classes for families with children ages 3 and up. These “adventures” will include hands-on activities that encourage kids to get up-close and personal with nature. These programs happen year round. Registration is required.

See a listing of upcoming classes
Information for Camp Directors

Attention Summer Camp Directors!
Let us help you give your campers an experience like none other in the great outdoors. Whether spending the night at our Dana Brown Overnight Center or visiting for a daytime field trip, your camp group can have an adventure to remember at the Shaw Nature Reserve.
  • 2,400 acres of native Missouri habitats
  • 14 miles of hiking trails
  • Access to the Meramec River, ponds, streams and wetlands
  • Visit our tipi and sod house in a tall grass prairie
  • Spend the night in historic log lodges with air conditioning and indoor plumbing!
  • Only 35 miles west of St. Louis

Fee and program information for summer 2014 coming soon.

For more information about programs, please contact Aileen Abbott:
(636) 451-3512 x 6081

SIFT (Shaw Institute for Field Training)

SIFT Participants learn about aquatic ecologySIFT is an informal field-based education program for high school students. Applicants apply during the spring of their sophomore year. Current students attend from schools in the following Missouri counties: Franklin, Jefferson, St. Charles, St. Louis and St. Louis City.

The SIFT program begins with a one-week summer field training experience at the Shaw Nature Reserve during which participants are introduced to a variety of Missouri ecosystems and gain skills necessary to conduct field research. These skills include plant and animal identification, biotic sampling and census techniques, testing of abiotic factors and training in the use of GPS.

The program continues during the school year as the participants are involved in important research and restoration activities including invasive species management, prairie reconstruction, wetland mitigation and prescribed burns.

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