This Month at Shaw Nature Reserve
Shady September Hikes

Featured Trail
Prairie to Creek Hike:  Brush Creek Trail | One Mile
The prairies are beautiful in September with yellow and purple flowers such as compass plants, cup plants, ironweed, and purple coneflower. Park at the Trail House and take a 1-mile meander on Brush Creek Trail through the prairie to the creek and back.
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In-person and Virtual Fall Field Trips
Field Trips are available for in-person and virtual learning. Pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade options can be found on our School Programs page.
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Outdoor Class: Basics of Birding
Thursday, September 30 | 10 a.m.–noon

Would you like to know more about our feathered friends, but not sure where to start? If yes, then join the instructor, Angie Jungbluth, for an introduction to the basics of birding!
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Leaves and Seeds Fall Fun Run | Family 5k
Saturday, October 16 | multiple start times

Run, walk, or dash through the fall foliage and fields of prairie seeds this October in the Leaves and Seeds Fall Fun Run!
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Protecting Plants
Our ecological restoration team continuously collects seed to bolster biodiversity across the Nature Reserve. Recently collected grass species include Canada rye (Elymus canadensis), Virginia rye (E. virginicus) and silky rye (E. villosus) and forb species purple prairie clover (Dalea purpurea) and goat’s rue (Tephrosia virginiana).
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September Hours
September 1–30 our hours are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. with last entry at 6 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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September 10
Fall Wildflower Market

September 18
Picnic on the Prairie