This Month at Shaw Nature Reserve
Go Outside This December

Make Shaw Nature Reserve a part of your family's holiday tradition! We will have our gates open on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day (however the Visitors Center and the Bascom House will be closed) so you can spend time outdoors while enjoying the holidays. Fresh smells of pine greet you on Wolf Run Trail 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.

Winter is a wonderful time to hike the trails, enjoy the winter scenery and practice your winter tree identification skills. 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 that we’ve been seeing lately as they hunt up and down the Meramec River for fish.

On those snowy days, break out your cross-country skis or snow running shoes and explore our 14 miles of trails. Stop in at the Bascom House on the weekend to warm up with a cup of hot chocolate or coffee and check out the youth photo contest display.


Holiday Hours

Shaw Nature Reserve is open December 24 and 25, 2014! The Visitor's Center will be closed, but check in and pay admission at front entrance. The restrooms behind the Bascom House will be open.

The Visitor's Center will re-open December 26, 8 a.m.–4 p.m.


Featured Events

Friday, December 5 or
Tuesday, December 9
Shaw Family Adventures: Forest Fare

Sunday, December 7
Shaw Photography Series: Creating Your Own Light: Flash and Flashlights for Plant Photography

Saturday, December 13
Candle Making

Coming Soon

Friday, January 9–
Saturday, January 10
Basket Making Overnight

Friday, January 23–
Saturday, January 24
Maple Syrup: Tree to Table Overnight