This Month at Shaw Nature Reserve
January: Winter in the Woods

Branch with snow

Enjoy panoramic leaf-free views this January at the Shaw Nature Reserve. Even though it is chilly, a brisk hike can be a rewarding activity, especially while looking for tracks in the snow, and practicing winter tree identification skills. Hike in new areas such as Whitney’s Deer Trail or Jane’s Wildflower Trail to explore these less traveled trails (download a trail map). During Shaw Family Adventures: Winter Adventure we’ll enjoy a short hike with the whole family.

Trees provide food and shelter for wildlife during the winter months and they also can provide us with maple syrup! Warm days with below freezing temperatures at night get the maple sap flowing. School groups plus families attending Maple Syrup: Tree to Table Overnight will get the chance to help make maple syrup here at the Reserve.

January is a great time to stop in at the Bascom House. On weekends come inside and warm up with a hot cup of tea or hot chocolate. Watch songbirds feed at the bird feeders we have placed in trees around the Bascom House. The Youth Photography Contest display will be on view until January 15, and, when you’re ready to venture out again, head over to the Nature Explore Classroom for the StoryWalk—this month's book is Animals in Winter by Henrietta Bancroft.

The loop road is closed for the winter but you can still park and hike around the Reserve. Call ahead to find out what other roads might be closed due to weather conditions.


Featured Events

Tuesday January 6 or
Thursday January 22
Shaw Family Adventures:
Winter Adventure

Friday, January 23 to
Saturday, January 24
Maple Syrup: Tree to Table Overnight

Coming Soon

Thursday, February 5 or
Tuesday, December 10
Shaw Family Adventures:
We Love Nature

Thursday, February 12 or
Saturday, February 14
Valentine's Night Hike