Prairie Day


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

$3 Missouri Botanical Garden members and Shaw Nature Reserve passholders
$6 nonmembers 16 and older
$2 for children 15 and under

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 teepee, 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. An archaeologist and a flint-knapper will display and interpret artifacts of prairie life. Native plant nurseries will sell wildflowers and seeds.

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

SPONSORS: Missouri Department of Conservation, 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

INFO: (636) 451-3512

"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."