Shaw Nature Reserve Field Trip

Date: Saturday, April 21, 2012
Time Details: 9:45 AM – Meet at Visitors Center
Location: The Shaw Nature Reserve
Highway 100 and I-44
Gray Summit, MO 63039

Description:

Shaw Nature Reserve

Please join the St. Louis Chapter of the Explorers Club for a behind-the-scenes tour of Shaw Nature Reserve.

St. Louis is one of very few metropolitan regions that can boast of a 2,441-acre natural asset such as Shaw Nature Reserve so near its city-based parent organization, the world-famous Missouri Botanical Garden. This proximity allows easy access for children and adults alike to not only experience the natural beauty of our region but also to learn sound environmental stewardship through the Reserve’s numerous educational programs.

At the Reserve, the replicated prairie evokes images of buffalo and Native Americans as breezes ripple the sea of native grasses and forbs. Each spring, abundant woodlands burst forth with a multitude of native wildflowers while, later in the year, the same woodlands offer lush green shade, oases from the summer sun.

Wetlands, known for their splendid array of species, offer a close-up look at aquatic plant and animal life. Visitors to this special environment include great blue and little green herons, dragonflies and other fascinating creatures. The slopes, which are the watershed of the wetlands, are cloaked in flowery reconstructed prairie.

The Missouri Botanical Garden’s land purchase in 1925 began the legacy of Shaw Nature Reserve. Originally set up as a safe refuge for the plant collection from the smoke pollution of the 1920s, its role in the community has evolved through the years. Shaw Nature Reserve has many roles—as a nature reserve, a place to walk and hike, and a good spot for relaxing and for studying nature. It has become a premier educational, research and habitat restoration and reconstruction site.

The Wilderness Wagon Holds 28 People, Van Towing Wagon seats 15. Seating is on a first-come- first-serve basis.

Also, please join us for lunch after the tour at Hawthorne Inn, 123 Front St., Labadie, MO 63055, (636) 451-0004. You will be responsible for ordering and paying for your own lunch at Hawthorne.

Reservation Deadline: April 18, 2012
Reservations to: Becky Doane (rdoane@thompsoncoburn.com) or 314-552-6000, x1302
Payment Information: This event is free and open to Explorers Club Members and guests

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