This Month at Shaw Nature Reserve
Winter Hiking

Enjoy panoramic, leaf-free views this February at Shaw Nature Reserve. A hike in the winter might be chilly, but just think of the ticks, mosquitoes and poison ivy that are usually gone by now. Hiking at night in the winter is also a rewarding experience—quiet compared to other times of the year.

February is a great time to practice your winter tree identification skills. As you hike along Brush Creek Trail, you will see many trees labeled to help you with this activity. After that, you can wander around the Whitmire Wildflower Garden. Several of the trails there are accessible for wheelchairs and strollers. You might see juncos, finches, and sparrows feeding on seed heads of coneflowers (Echinacea spp. and Rudbeckia spp.), sunflowers (Helianthus spp.) and blazingstars (Liatris spp.) in the wildflower garden's prairie.

The main three-mile loop road is closed for the winter, but you can still park at the Visitor Center, Bascom House or Pinetum Lake, and hike around the Reserve. Call the Visitor Center at (636) 451-3512 to find out what other roads might be closed due to weather conditions.

 

 
Featured Events

Saturday, February 18
Think About Tables Workshop


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Friday, March 3
Build an Eastern Bluebird Nest Box