Prairie Day


Biennial Event
September 2022

Prairie Day is typically held on even years. We are already working on how to celebrate our native grasslands for our next event in September 2022!

This event is a fun-filled and informative celebration of our rare grasslands. Festivities happen in our main prairie corridor located at Shaw Nature Reserve in Gray Summit, Missouri. This family-forward event showcases our 250-acre reconstructed tallgrass prairie and informs everyone about the plants and animals that call a prairie home. Participants will enjoy activities, demonstrations, and guided hikes. 

Interested vendors or demonstrators, please email 

SPONSORS: Missouri Department of Conservation and Shaw Nature Reserve


Shaw Nature Reserve of the Missouri Botanical Garden, in Gray Summit, Missouri, located south of Interstate 44 at exit #253; watch for signs to the designated parking area off of Robertsville Road.


$3 Missouri Botanical Garden members 
Free Members' children ages 12 and under
$8  Nonmembers ages 13 and older
$5 Seniors ages 65 and up
$2 Nonmembers' children ages 12 and under
(nonmember children ages 2 and younger are free)

Praise for past Prairie Days:

"Prairie day was awesome! We had a wonderful time. We loved the blacksmith demo; the prairie toys that we actually got to play with; the buffalo hunting booth; buffalo burgers; axe-throwing; sod house; wool threading and coloring; soap carving; and the local bird, mammal, reptile and plant exhibits! Those were just some of our favorites! There was so much to do!"

"With festivals I am always a little wary of how much money I'll nickel and dime away. That was not the case here. The kids didn't find one thing that they had to spend money on to have fun, as a matter of fact, they earned wooden nickels by answering questions at the booths and at the end were able to trade them in at the trading post for trinkets. Even the food and drinks were inexpensive!"

"You guys did a great job putting all of this together. We really enjoyed ourselves! Thank you."