This Month at Shaw Nature Reserve
Winter Wonders

Make Shaw Nature Reserve a part of your family’s holiday tradition! Our gates are open on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day so you can spend time outdoors while enjoying the holidays. Fresh smells of pine will greet you on Wolf Run Trail. If you come early in the morning, you might be rewarded with the sight of intricate frost flowers on goldenrod stems in the Whitmire Wildflower Garden.

Winter is a wonderful time to hike the trails, enjoy the winter scenery, and practice your winter tree identification skills, especially on Brush Creek Trail, where the trees are labeled. Enjoy winter’s leaf-free panoramic view of the Meramec River Valley along the Overlook Trail behind the Maritz Trail House. If you’re looking for an all-day adventure, bring a picnic lunch and hike to our expansive gravel bar. Make sure to look up in search of bald eagles, which we’ve seen lately hunting up and down the river for fish. 

Please note that the Bascom House will be closed this month and the Visitor Center will be closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. However, restrooms and a water fountain are available in the building next to the pavilions.