This Month at Shaw Nature Reserve
The Joys of Hiking

Enjoy panoramic leaf-free views this February 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. Enjoy the sights and sounds of a winter night during the Valentine’s Night Hike or bring the family out to enjoy a quick day hike during Shaw Family Adventures: We Love Nature.

February is a great time to hike a loop around the Whitmire Wildflower Garden. You might see juncos, finches, and sparrows feeding on seed heads of coneflowers, sunflowers and blazingstars. After your hike, stop in at the Bascom House to warm up with a hot cup of tea or hot chocolate (weekends only). Watch songbirds feed at the bird feeders we have placed in trees around the Bascom House. The youth photo contest display will on view until February 17 and, when you’re ready to venture out again, head on over to the old Self-Guided Interpretive Trail for the StoryWalk to enjoy a hike and a story.

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.