This Month at Shaw Nature Reserve
Winter trees

What's in Bloom
As the leaves continue to fall the evergreens become more noticeable in the winter landscape. Evergreen trees are trees that stay green all year, including species with needled and broad-leaves. Shaw Nature Reserve is home to eastern white pine (Pinus strobus), shortleaf pine (Pinus echinata), eastern red cedar (Juniperus virginiana), non-native eastern hemlock (Tsuga canadensis), American holly (Ilex opaca), and many more.

Featured Trail
Take an ‘evergreen’ hike by starting at the Bascom House, where you can flip through field guides, warm up, and see an American holly (Ilex opaca) on the northwest sidewalk leading to the house. Head north through the Whitmire Wildflower Garden, towards Pinetum Lake, and you come upon eastern white pine (Pinus strobus) and shortleaf pine (Pinus echinata). Take the road over to Wolf Run Trail, where you will see eastern red cedar (Juniperus virginiana) and a shortleaf pine grove that is a remnant of the ‘Conifers of the World’ planting from the 1930s. This planting tested hardiness levels of conifers when planted in our region. If you hike all of Wolf Run Trail before heading back to the Bascom House, then you will have completed about 2 miles.

Did You Know?
Bring your family and friends along to enjoy the evergreens and make Shaw Nature Reserve a part of your family’s holiday tradition! We will be open on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day so you can spend time outdoors while enjoying the holidays. Fresh smells of pine greet you in all the locations mentioned above and 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.

Evergreens provide shelter and food for wildlife. Deer eat the new twigs on shortleaf pine, and many birds and small mammals eat the cones. The branches also create a wind block for animals seeking shelter on blustery days. Collect pinecones from your yard and watch animals enjoy them from your favorite window.

Our gates are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Before visiting, make sure to check the weather and call our Visitor Center ahead of time at (314) 577-9555 with questions. Roads in the Nature Reserve may be closed due to unsafe conditions throughout the winter months.

We will be open Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day. The Nature Reserve will be closed on Christmas Day.

Current Events

December 4
An Evening of Wind and Painting

December 19
Little Nature Explorers: Wreath from Natural Materials

Coming Soon

January 4
Ice Cave Hike

January 31
Winter Hike for Families

At the Missouri Botanical Garden

Through January 4, 2020
Garden Glow