This Month at Shaw Nature Reserve
Explore the Wetlands

The wetlands are full of activity at Shaw Nature Reserve. You can explore them by parking at the Bus Stop to hike the smooth and partially shady 1.3-mile wetland trail (accessible for wheelchairs and strollers). Relax on a bench at the boardwalk while looking for great blue heron and wood ducks among the water lilies. As dusk approaches, enjoy the symphony of bullfrogs calling “chug-o-rum,” the “rattling” call of the belted kingfisher, and the dancing lights display of lightening bugs.

Children will enjoy the observation blind that has a viewing scope overlooking the wetlands. Pick up our Wetland Trail Guide or a souvenir patch from the Visitor Center to take with you as you explore. Check out another water habitat, Brush Creek, by taking Brush Creek trail and walking the stepping stones across the creek.

Make sure to take a break in the beautiful Bascom House to cool off and learn more about the Nature Reserve. If you’re visiting after hours for an early evening walk, remember that there are restrooms open at all times behind the Bascom House.


Featured Events

Saturday, June 3
Discover Nature Families: Wild About Water

Saturday, June 10
Close-up Photography

Coming Soon

Friday, July 14
Nature Navigators: River Trail Adventure

Saturday, July 22
(multiple sessions)
Quickstart Kayaking