This Month at Shaw Nature Reserve
Exploring Prairies

Celebrate the changing seasons this September and say goodbye to the heat of summer with a hike through the prairie this month. On an early morning walk you’ll be rewarded with an array of colorful birds as they feed on seed heads and insects or hike mid-morning to enjoy the butterflies as they move from flower to flower. 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.

Join us for Prairie Day as we celebrate life on the prairie with demonstrations, games, hay rides, music and more. Learn more about prairie plants during our Fall Wildflower Ramble hikes. Find native plants to purchase to create a habitat for wildlife, such as a prairie, at the Shaw Wildflower Market.

Take a break in the Bascom House any day of the week to learn more about the Reserve and enjoy a glass of lemonade or cup of coffee (weekends only). Remember that 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

Six Sundays starting September 11
Vinyasa Flow Yoga

Friday, September 23
Composting 101

Saturday, September 24
Beginners Plein-Air Painting

Coming Soon

Saturday, October 1
Shaw Photography Series: Picturing People: Making Better Portraits

Saturday, October 15–
Sunday, October 16
From Pond-to-Plate Overnight

Saturday, October 22
Think About Tables Workshop