Prairie Day

FOLLOW THE HERD TO PRAIRIE DAY
AT SHAW NATURE RESERVE


Biennial Event
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.,
Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016

COST:
$3 Missouri Botanical Garden members and Shaw Nature Reserve passholders ages 16 and older 
Free for members children ages 15 and younger 
$6 nonmembers ages 16 and older
$2 nonmembers children ages 15 and under (nonmember children ages 2 and younger are free)

Hitch up the wagons and head out to Prairie Day at Shaw Nature Reserve in Gray Summit. This fun-filled family event portrays prairie heritage through activities and demonstrations, and showcases the Reserve’s 250-acre re-created tall grass prairie. Hike with a naturalist through the prairie to learn about prairie life, check out the tipi, play pioneer games, listen to a live band, and watch weavers, spinners and other craft demonstrations.

Some of the exhibits include mammals, reptiles and amphibians, and insects. Living history characters will re-enact the lives of early prairie inhabitants. A flint-knapper will display and interpret artifacts of prairie life. Missouri Wildflower Nursery will sell native wildflowers (including prairie species). 

Hungry? Visit the concessions to purchase bison burgers, homemade baked goods, and kettle corn. Come join the fun!

SPONSORS: Missouri Department of Conservation and Shaw Nature Reserve

Shaw Nature Reserve of the Missouri Botanical Garden, in Gray Summit, Mo., located south of Interstate 44 at exit #253; watch for signs to the designated parking area off of Robertsville Road. 

INFO: (636) 451-3512x 6007 (Rachel) 


"Prairie day was awesome! We had a wonderful time. We loved the blacksmith demo; the prairie toys that we actually got to play with; the buffalo hunting booth; buffalo burgers; axe-throwing; sod house; wool threading and coloring; soap carving; and the local bird, mammal, reptile and plant exhibits! Those were just some of our favorites! There was so much to do!" 

"With festivals I am always a little wary of how much money I'll nickel and dime away. That was not the case here. The kids didn't find one thing that they had to spend money on to have fun, as a matter of fact, they earned wooden nickels by answering questions at the booths and at the end were able to trade them in at the trading post for trinkets. Even the food and drinks were inexpensive!" 

"You guys did a great job putting all of this together. We really enjoyed ourselves! Thank you."