Prairie Day at the Shaw Nature Reserve will take place Saturday, Sept. 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Guests will be able to interact with early settlers and explore what life was like on the great American frontier at this biennial event.
This year, visitors also learn more about threatened grasslands through short talks and a tour that illustrate the plight of native grasslands and how restoration practices can repair the habitat for diverse species.
The event, open to both kids and adults, will feature historical activities and exhibits, storytelling, music and food.
Admission is $6 for adults, $2 for children (ages 15 and under) and $3 for Missouri Botanical Garden members and free for member children (ages 15 and under.)
This family-friendly event will portray prairie heritage through fun-filled activities and demonstrations.
The Reserve’s 250-acre tall grass prairie provides an authentic backdrop for the day’s cultural festivities.
Visitors will be able to take a guided hike with a naturalist to learn about the land and its unique natural characteristics and visit the teepee and watch as blacksmiths and bow and arrow makers hone skills from days gone by.
Basket weavers, quilters and artists will create and display traditional art pieces. Visitors also can play pioneer games such as the “atl-atl throw,” try your hand a tomahawk throw, and listen to tales from a storyteller.
Experts from the Endangered Wolf Center, Greater St. Louis Archaeology Society and the Missouri Prairie Foundation will be on hand to answer questions and share information with the public.
Visitors will be able to choose from a wide assortment of prairie wildflowers and grasses available for purchase from a local native plant nursery. Live bands will entertain the crowds with a variety of modern and traditional folk tunes. Bison burgers and other food selections will be available for purchase.
Free parking is available off Robertsville Road.
Prairie Day is sponsored by the Shaw Nature Reserve and Missouri Department of Conservation.
For more information, visit www.shawnature.org or call 314-577-9555.