Summer Opportunities

We offer a wide range of classes for adults, youth and families each summer. Adults can study nature photography, learn about landscaping, hone outdoor skills and more. For families, offerings include a first time fishing, insect discovery and a creek stomp! 

Browse all Shaw Nature Reserve adult, youth and family classes

In addition, you can find summer programs for people of all ages at both the Missouri Botanical Garden and the Butterfly House.

Featured Program

Girls examining mantisLittle Nature Explorers
For families with children ages 3–5 with an adult.
This series of explorations will include hands-on activities that encourage kids to get up-close and personal with nature. These programs happen year round. Registration is required.
See upcoming topics and dates
Summer Opportunities for Groups

Glade wildflowersAttention Summer Camp Directors!
Let us help you give your campers an experience like none other in the great outdoors. Whether spending the night at our Dana Brown Overnight Center or visiting for a daytime field trip, your camp group can have an adventure to remember at the Shaw Nature Reserve.
  • 2,400 acres of native Missouri habitats
  • 14 miles of hiking trails
  • Access to the Meramec River, ponds, streams and wetlands
  • Visit our tall grass prairie
  • Only 35 miles west of St. Louis

For more information about programs, please call (314) 577-9539.

Our other sites also offer summer programs for camp groups:

Programs for camp groups at the Missouri Botanical Garden
Programs for camp groups at the Butterfly House
SIFT (Shaw Institute for Field Training)

SIFT Participants learn about aquatic ecologySIFT is an informal field-based education program for high school students. Applicants apply during the spring of their sophomore year. Current students attend from schools in the following Missouri counties: Franklin, Jefferson, St. Charles, St. Louis and St. Louis City.

The SIFT program begins with a one-week summer field training experience at the Shaw Nature Reserve during which participants are introduced to a variety of Missouri ecosystems and gain skills necessary to conduct field research. These skills include plant and animal identification, biotic sampling and census techniques, testing of abiotic factors and training in the use of GPS.

The program continues during the school year as the participants are involved in important research and restoration activities including invasive species management, prairie reconstruction, wetland mitigation and prescribed burns.

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