This Month at Shaw Nature Reserve
Wide Open Spaces

Celebrate the changing seasons this September and say goodbye to the heat of summer with a hike on the prairie trail this month. On an early morning walk you’ll be rewarded with an array of colorful birds such as bluebirds and finches as they feed on seed heads of sunflowers (Helianthus spp.) and insects. Hike mid-morning to enjoy the monarchs and swallowtails as they move from flower to flower or create a memorable painting of these sights at Beginners Plein-Air Painting. Later in the month, you may be fortunate enough to witness hundreds of monarch butterflies as they migrate through the Reserve to their wintering grounds in Mexico. Learn more about this magnificent animal during the Monarchs of Missouri program.

Asters and goldenrods will fill the prairie with yellow and purple. Enjoy these sights during a Fall Wildflower Ramble hike. Explore with your family by picking up a Prairie Activity Guide from the Visitor Center to learn about the fascinating plants and animals you might see in the prairie.

Take a break in the Bascom House to learn more about the Reserve and enjoy a glass of lemonade or cup of coffee (weekends only). Remember there are restrooms open at all times behind the Bascom House if you’re out for an evening stroll to catch the spectacular sunset over the prairie.


Featured Events

Friday, September 11 or
Friday, September 25
Shaw Family Adventures: Play in the Prairie

Tuesday, September 15
Little Nature Explorers: Let's Get Messy

Thursday, September 24
An Evening with Sam Abell

Coming Soon

Saturday, October 3–
Sunday, October 4
Pond to Plate Overnight

Sunday, October 4
Sense of Wonder Woodland Adventure