This Month at Shaw Nature Reserve
The colors of September

Celebrate the changing seasons this September by viewing the colorful varieties of milkweed in bloom such as swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata) and butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa). On a mid-morning hike you’ll enjoy the view of butterflies as they move from flower to flower. Later in the month, you may be fortunate enough to witness hundreds of monarch butterflies as they migrate through the Reserve to their wintering grounds in Mexico.

Join us for Prairie Day as we celebrate life on the prairie with demonstrations, games, hay rides, and stop by the horticulture tent to pick up a free milkweed plant for your own backyard. Learn more about milkweeds and other plants during our Wildflower Identification and Ecology hike. Find native plants to purchase to create a habitat for wildlife—such as butterflies—at the Shaw Wildflower Market.

Take a break in the Bascom House any day of the week to learn more about the Reserve and enjoy a glass of lemonade or cup of coffee (weekends only). Remember that there are restrooms open at all times behind the Bascom House if you’re out for an evening stroll to catch the spectacular sunset over the prairie.


Featured Events

Friday, September 5 or
Friday, September 12
Shaw Family Adventures: Flying By

Saturday, September 6
Women's Fishing

Saturday, September 6 or
Saturday, September 27
Beginners Plein-Air Painting

Eight Tuesdays beginning September 9
T'ai Chi Chih

Second Saturday of the month,
beginning September 13
Nature Detectives Club

Coming Soon

Friday, October 3 or
Saturday, October 4
Gourd Crafting

Tuesday, October 7
An Inside Look: History Hike

Saturday, October 11
Discover Nature Families: Truth or Tale?