Applications for Shaw Nature Reserve’s youth ecology program, which begins in September, are due by the end of August.

The program — which includes Habitat Helpers for fourth- and fifth-graders, H20s for sixth- through eighth-graders, and Trees for ninth- through 12th graders — is designed to help participants build knowledge of the natural world by using hands-on activities. Students will explore prairies, woodlands and aquatic communities as well as help with some special events and classes at Shaw Nature Reserve.

Meetings are held once a month from September to May with a few special events planned.

For more information or to request an application people can call Karen Bryan at 636-451-3512, extension 6008, or e-mail

Applications may also be picked up at the Visitor Center.

Shaw Nature Reserve is a 2,400-acre natural area located a short distance off Interstate 44 at the Gray Summit exit 253.