This Month at Shaw Nature Reserve
Winter WonderlandWhat's in Bloom
Make Shaw Nature Reserve a part of your family’s holiday tradition! Plan a hike with your family and friends to enjoy the peace and serenity of nature during the busy holiday season. The fresh smell of pine greets 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 white crownbeard (Verbesina virginica) in the Whitmire Wildflower Garden.

Winter Hiking Tips
  • Dress in layers. You can always shed layers as you warm up while walking, but it is better to have more clothes than you think you will need. Don’t forget a hat and gloves!
  • Wear shoes with good traction.
  • Watch for slick spots on bridges, boardwalks, slopes, and in shaded areas.
  • Stay hydrated and bring snacks.
  • Check the weather before departing and be aware of predicted precipitation and storms.
Featured Trail
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 for fish.

Did You Know
On those snowy days, break out your cross-country skis or snow running shoes and explore our 17 miles of trails. If you prefer seeing the sights with a group join us Thursday Mornings (weather permitting) for our Trail Run. Save the date, March 16, for a Trail Running Rendezvous at the Nature Reserve. Stop in at the Bascom House on the weekend to warm up and check out the Edgar Denison native plant watercolor paintings on display.

Woodpeckers are especially prevalent this time of year. You might see the red-headed (Melanerpes erythrocephalus), downy (Picoides pubescens), or red-bellied (Melanerpes carolinus) to name a few. Check out our Visitor Center’s selection of bird books. There are several birding books and field guides available for purchase.

New this Year: The Nature Reserve will be closed on Christmas Day. During winter months, the loop roads might close due to hazardous driving conditions. You can call the Visitor Center ahead of time to check which roads within the Nature Reserve are open (314) 577-9505.

Winter hours are now in effect! Shaw Nature Reserve is open 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The Visitor Center is open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends.

Current Events

Thursdays in December
Trail Run

December 6
An Evening of Wine and Painting

Coming Soon

January 10
Native Plant School: Invasive Plant ID and Control

January 17, January 24, OR January 31
Exploring and Drawing Backyard Birds