This Month at Shaw Nature Reserve
Dig Deeper This Summer

Stay cool this month by taking a shaded route such as Brush Creek Tail. As you hike from the Whitmire Wildflower Garden to the Trail House you’ll notice the change in landscape. View squirrels, red-shouldered hawk and Indian pink (Spigelia marilandica) in the woodland area. Glimpse the six-lined racerunner lizard (Cnemidophorus sexlineatus), the plains scorpion (Centruroides vittatus), glade purple coneflower (Echinacea simulata), and Missouri evening primrose (Oenothera macrocarpa) in the rocky glade. These communities wouldn’t thrive without the unique soil type found there. Learn more about soil in Soil: The Skin of the Earth or bring your family to Nature Navigators: Dig in! Have Fun with Soil.

Avid and novice nature enthusiasts can enjoy learning more about the plants in bloom during Wildflower Identification and Ecology. As you hike you can note what plant is growing where and use this knowledge when planning your fall garden plantings.

Make sure to take a break in the beautiful Bascom House to cool off and learn more about the Reserve. If you’re visiting the Reserve to catch the sunset, remember that there are restrooms open at all times behind the Bascom House.