This fall, enjoy the foliage while hiking on our pristine trails. The reds, oranges and yellows are abundant and a stroll in the Whitmire Wildflower Garden will reward you with glimpses of birds, beautyberry and persimmon fruits.

Visit the historic Bascom House, enjoy a picnic lunch on the patio of the nearby Carriage House, and enjoy the view over the prairie.

Explore new trails each Tuesday morning during the Trail Social Run.

Use your GPS unit and the coordinates in our downloadable GPS brochure to locate the geocaches around the Reserve.

Read “Leaves” by David Stein and hike the new StoryWalk trail.

See the sights from the comfort of your car on the three-mile Trail House Loop Road, Monday through Thursdays (except Thanksgiving Day), from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Join Shaw Nature Reserve and the Missouri Department of Conservation staff to master survival and outdoor skills at the Man vs. Wild: A Father Son Overnight on Dec. 6 and 7. Participants get to stay in our unique historic log buildings at the Dana Brown Overnight Center.

Nov. 9 and 10 we invite you to view the historic Dana Brown Overnight Center while doing a little holiday shopping at the eighth annual Art at the Shaw Nature Reserve free event.

No matter which trail, program or event you choose, there are new discoveries around every bend!

Featured Events

Tuesday, Nov. 5 — Little Acorns: “What Are You Doing This Winter?”;

Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 9-10 — Art at the Shaw Nature Reserve;

Saturday, Nov. 9 — Historic Photographic Process;

Thursday, Nov. 14 — An Inside Look at Shaw Nature Reserve: History of Shaw Nature Reserve.

Coming Soon

Friday, Dec. 6, through Saturday, Dec. 7 — Man vs. Wild: A Father Son Overnight Adventure;

Saturday, Jan. 11 — Techniques and Equipment for Photographing Missouri Wildlife.