This Month at Shaw Nature Reserve
Watching the sky

Venturing outside during the crepuscular times of day (dawn and dusk) will help you avoid the heat and humidity. Our gates open at sunrise and close half an hour after sunset so you can do just that! Pinetum Loop Road is beautiful to hike in the morning- especially when you see the reflection of the sky in Pinetum Lake. You will also see ironweed (Vernonia missurica), bee balm (Monarda bradburiana), the towering compass plants (Silphium laciniatum) and possibly some of the many Eastern cottontail rabbit (Sylvilagus floridanus) kits. Proceed to the Whitmire Wildflower Garden next where you can view hundreds of native plants, rest on a bench and get a drink of water from the water fountain near the home gardening demonstration area.

As day turns to night we view a changing of the guard. Butterflies rest while moths venture out. Red bats, little brown bats, barred owls, screech owls and great-horned owls to name a few take to the skies. We offer many night hikes for adults, families and scout troops so you can enjoy the Nature Reserve at night. School groups can enjoy a night hike when they stay at the Dana Brown Overnight Center for a field trip. You are always welcome to hike on your own to catch the sunset. Remember there are restrooms open behind the Bascom House for your convenience.

The total solar eclipse this month will be viewable here. Normal admission applies and there will be a $20 parking fee. We recommend bringing a picnic lunch to enjoy since this event will happen around lunch time. Whether you are an early bird or a night owl—any time is a great time to hike at Shaw Nature Reserve.


Featured Events

Tuesday, August 1
Registration for Fall/Winter programs opens

Saturday, August 5
How to Photograph Butterflies and Dragonflies

Sunday, August 13
Rob Connoley Dinner

Coming Soon

Friday, September 8
Fall Wildflower Market

Friday–Saturday, September 22–23