This Month at Shaw Nature Reserve

Autumn Splendor

Featured Trail
Cypress Lake and Whitmire Wildflower Garden | One Mile
The bald cypress around Cypress Lake and the Whitmire Wildflower Garden will be ablaze in orange this month. You won’t want to miss it! Foliage continues to change and our woodlands are full of color on sassafras, hickory, sumac, bald cypress, dogwood, walnut, and ash trees, to name a few.
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Outdoor Class: Whitmire Wildflower Garden Walks
Thursday, November 11, 2021 | 2–4 p.m.

A 2-hour stroll in the wildflower garden for adults. These walks will answer questions, inform on various native plant horticulture topics, and introduce you to the best practices for native plant gardening.
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In-person and Virtual Fall Field Trips
Pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade Field Trips are available for in-person and virtual learning.
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Daily Activities
Prairie Maze
Included with admission | 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Park at the Trail House and walk north on Brush Creek Trail to the Prairie Maze.

Fall Scavenger Hunt
Included with admission | 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Stop by the Visitor Center and ask for a Fall Scavenger Hunt sheet. If you find everything, bring it back to the Visitor Center to redeem it for a prize!

Whitmire Wonderlights
December 10–12 | multiple entry times 5:30–9 p.m.

Usher in the holiday season with a luminary-lit stroll through the Nature Reserve’s Whitmire Wildflower Garden. Learn how to create a botanical-inspired luminary and enjoy winter delights under the starlight all while surrounded by the glow from hundreds of luminaries. Registration required.
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Protecting Plants
Invasive Species Control
Herbaceous invasive species control is winding down for the year and seed collection efforts are ramping up. As autumn begins, we don our warmer flannels and begin thinking about prescribed fire season and cutting invasive brush.
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November Hours
November 1–30 our hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with last entry at 4:30 p.m. Advanced e-tickets are recommended to expedite the admissions process and ensure entry, reserve or purchase tickets on our website.
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Member Perk | Early Morning Access
Members can register for an early morning access gate code here. You will receive your access code within 5–7 business days of registering. Please note: The number of early morning access passes is limited at this time. If we reach capacity, you will be notified that you are on the waitlist until capacity can be expanded.

Investigation Activity Backpacks
To further exploration for families, investigation backpacks are available for purchase for ages 6–10 years old. These packs include books, activities, games, and much more. Available pack themes include owls, prairies, and exploring the outdoors.
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Abigail Arla McMillan Prairie Overlook
Construction has started at the previous prairie observation platform location. The entire overlook, inclusive of the earthen knoll, boulder work, and the cantilevered pavilion, will all be part of the commemorative overlook space for which the McMillans and family are providing funding.

November Hours

November 1–30:
8 a.m.– 5 p.m. with last entry at 4:30 p.m.

Thanksgiving Day Hours: 8 a.m.–noon