Self-guided Options
Self-guided Visits to Shaw Nature Reserve

Schedule a time to bring your students to explore, hike and study nature.

  • Grades: all
  • Group Size: up to 30 students and 4 teachers/chaperones
  • Fee: $1 per student with 1 adult for every 8 students admitted for free. Scholarships available. Garden Memberships do not apply to groups.
  • To Register: call (314) 577-9523 or email kbryan@mobot.org.
Students using iNaturalist

 

Dana Brown Overnight Center’s Outdoor Classroom

The Dana Brown Overnight Center (DBOC) is excited to open registration for our new self-guided Outdoor Classroom.  

School groups registered to attend DBOC’s Outdoor Classroom receive one day (9 a.m.–3 p.m.) of exclusive access to:
  • The outdoor classroom area, with picnic tables, individual seating to accommodate social distancing, rain shelters, and a secure storage area
  • A private restroom facility
  • The DBOC grounds, with forests, prairies, wetlands, and glades all within easy walking distance 
  • Private parking
Registered school groups also receive assistance with trip planning, including:
  • Curated maps, with detailed descriptions of the trail system surrounding the DBOC
  • A complete set of the DBOC’s Outdoor Learning Activities, four easy-to-follow lesson plans designed to foster ecosystem literacy and build the skills students need to explore and make sense of nature
  • A suggested field trip packing list
  • Exploration Kits (1 kit/student) containing a magnifying glass, a container to hold nature discoveries, and a DBOC journal page
Other Details:
  • Grades: all
  • Group Size: up to 30 students
  • Fee:
    • $2 per student with a $50 minimum (fee waived for 1 lead teacher and 1 adult chaperone per 10 students; $5/adult for additional adults)
    • Need-based scholarships available
  • To Register: call (314) 577-9539 or email jdockins@mobot.org
Picnic area