This Month at Shaw Nature Reserve
Spring's Best in Show

As the trees leaf out and the Virginia bluebells and celandine poppies of the woodlands mature, the glades and prairie come alive. The “best show in the house” this month is in the glades, where plants rush to flower and set seed before summer conditions impose drought stress. From the Maritz Trail House take a short walk to enjoy the spectacular display of the Indian paintbrush (Castilleja coccinea) interspersed with blue false indigo (Baptisia minor) and lanceleaf coreopsis (Coreopsis lanceolata). Later this month look for a sea of purple glade coneflower (Echinacea simulata) dotted with the 4-inch yellow flowers of the Missouri evening primrose (Oenothera macrocarpa).

Shop for native plants that attract birds and pollinators at the Spring Wildflower Market on May 8 and 9. Enjoy a stroll through the Whitmire Wildflower Garden on Mother’s Day and make sure to stop by the Bascom House to enjoy a refreshing beverage. To learn more about native plants, join our Wildflower Identification and Ecology class. Bring your little ones out to enjoy the spring sights and sounds during Little Nature Explorers: April Showers Bring May Flowers or bring your canine companion to Hiking with Rover.

Families with young children don’t want to miss the Nature Explore Classroom with its crawl-through logs and building area. On Saturday and Sunday afternoons this month (weather permitting) the Wilderness Wagon narrated ride along the Trail House loop road will depart the Visitor Center on the hour: 1, 2 and 3 p.m. It’s a great way to shorten the hike to the river or to the wetlands if you have small children or non-hikers in your group. Get off at either the Trail House or Wetland stop and get picked up later!


Featured Events

Friday, May 22
An Inside Look at Shaw Nature Reserve: Wilderness Wagon Tour

Tuesdays, May 26–
June 30
Vinyasa Flow Yoga

Coming Soon

Thursday, June 4
An Inside Look at Shaw Nature Reserve: Bluebirds: 20 years and Counting

Friday, June 5
Insect Discovery

Saturday, June 6–
Sunday, June 7
Discover Nature: Women's Overnight