Prairie Day


Biennial Event
Saturday, September 19, 2020
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

After careful consideration, the staff at Shaw Nature Reserve and the Missouri Department of Conservation have made the difficult decision to cancel Prairie Day scheduled for September 19, 2020.  Due to the on-going concerns surrounding COVID-19, deciding to cancel this event was the best way to protect participants, volunteers, vendors and staff members.  We will instead celebrate Missouri's endangered grasslands with NEW activities at Shaw Nature Reserve, including virtual tours, interpretive trails, and kid’s activities throughout the month of September! Stay tuned on our social media and website for additional information on when these features will become available.

Originally this event was planned to be a fun-filled and informative celebration of our rare grasslands at Prairie Day, located at Shaw Nature Reserve in Gray Summit, Missouri. This family-forward event portrays prairie natural history through activities, demonstrations and tours. It also showcases the 250-acre reconstructed tallgrass prairie. Hike with a guide through the prairie to learn about prairie ecology, wildlife and plants. Check out the tipi, play pioneer games, listen to a live band, and watch weavers a blacksmith and other craft demonstrations.

Some of the exhibits include native prairie mammals, reptiles amphibians, and insects. Living history characters will re-enact the lives of early prairie inhabitants. A flint-knapper will display and interpret artifacts of prairie life. Missouri Wildflower Nursery will sell native wildflowers (including prairie species).

Hungry? Visit the concessions including kettle corn made on site. Come join the fun!


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)


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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."