This Month at Shaw Nature Reserve
Colorful Pollinator

What's in Bloom
This month you can enjoy the blooms of the Missouri evening primrose (Oenothera macrocarpa). Find this plant in the Whitmire Wildflower Garden and also see it from the glade boardwalk just south of the Maritz Trail House. The flowers only last a day so you might need to plan multiple hikes to catch a glimpse. Plants that bloom at night provide nectar for nocturnal animals like moths. The Missouri evening primrose is visited by the evening primrose moth (Schinia florida). The pink and yellow moth is a fun sight to see. Take a close look at an evening primrose and you might find one.

Featured Trail
The wetlands are full of activity at Shaw Nature Reserve. View the wetlands by parking at the Bus Stop to hike the smooth and partially shady 1.3 mile wetland trail. Relax on a boardwalk bench while looking for great blue heron and wood ducks among the water lilies. As dusk approaches enjoy the symphony of bullfrogs calling chug-o-rum, the rattling call of the belted kingfisher, and the dancing lights display of lightening bugs.

Did You Know
Every Saturday in June, you can enjoy local bands while surrounded by the Whitmire Wildflower Garden — the region's largest and most diverse native plant garden. Bring your lawn chairs or a picnic blanket for the Wildflower Concert Series, food and drinks will be available at 5 p.m. and music is from 6 to 8 p.m. Follow Shaw Nature Reserve on Facebook for more information, including the band line-up. Concerts are free for members or included with regular admission.

Fireflies or lightening bugs are the stars of our night landscape this month. Even though we close at 8 p.m. you can see these animals emerging at dusk and displaying their light show. The wetland, Pinetum Lake, and Whitmire Wildflower Garden are excellent places to view their twinkling lights thanks to the ponds and pools in these areas which attract them.

Extended hours started April 1. Our front gates are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Before visiting, make sure to check the weather forecast and upon arrival check-in at the Visitor Center where you can learn more about current trail conditions. Given recent rainfall, trails like the Rus Goddard River Trail may be closed due to flooding.

Don’t forget that members can register for early morning walking hours. Please click here to register for a code to visit between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m.

Current Events

Saturdays in June
Wildflower Concert Series

June 14
Soil: Your Backyard and Beyond

June 18 or 20
Little Nature Explorers: Creek Stomp

Coming Soon

July 13
Beginner Kayaking
Intermediate Kayaking

Fall and Winter Class Registration begins August 1