This Month at Shaw Nature Reserve
Colors of Summer

Early Morning Access: Members can register for an early morning access gate code here. You will receive your access code within 5 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.

Improvements: The wetland parking lot expansion and the stone wall that will surround the Ozark Ethnobotany Garden are complete!

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 and exploring the outdoors. Learn more and order one here.

Now Open 8 a.m.–8 p.m.: The Nature Reserve is open 8 a.m.–8 p.m. through August 31 (last entry at 7 p.m.). Due to limited parking and to protect the natural resources, advanced e-tickets are required for entry to the Nature Reserve at this time.

What's In Bloom
The Whitmire Wildflower Garden is full of color, texture, and is overall a visually stunning spot to visit right now. On a walk you will be greeted with smooth beardtongue, Ohio spiderwort, golden Alexander, shining bluestar, rose verbena, Virginia spiderwort, lanceleaf coreopsis, Ohio horsemint, showy evening primrose, Missouri evening primrose, white violet, ninebark, Texas green eyes, goats beard, purple milkweed, cream false indigo, prairie alumroot, American alumroot, Solomon’s plume, Bradbury beebalm, American feverfew, yellow pimpernel, pasture rose, pipevine, and glade coneflower.

Featured Trail
The wetlands are full of activity at Shaw Nature Reserve. View the wetlands by parking near the Bus Stop to hike the smooth and partially shady, 1.3-mile Wetland Trail. Relax on a bench at the boardwalk 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.
Check out other trails

South of Cypress Lake and nestled alongside Brush Creek Trail is Pawpaw Creek. In recent months, the restoration team has been busy removing invasive shrubs (honeysuckle, privet and buckthorn) all along this intermittent creek, and the visual change has been stunning. Beginning in June, control efforts will begin on Japanese stilt grass (Microstegium vimineum) up and down the waterway. This winter, a rich seed mix will be sown in the area to help restore creek side vegetation. With invasive species removal, management with prescribed fire, and the addition of native seed, the ecological health of Pawpaw Creek will continue to improve in the months and years to come.