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Shaw Nature Reserve

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KMC wrote a review Sep 2020
Saint Louis, Missouri9 contributions
I love the plant labels in specific areas and all the different habitats to explore. There are glades, ponds, prairies, wildflower areas, overlooks, and more. Really fun for pictures. We didn’t walk the trails too much, but I’m sure we’ll be back in different seasons. We visited before the fall foliage really started to make its debut. I bet spring is gorgeous too. Very affordable.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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cherylbl wrote a review Nov 2019
Saint Louis11 contributions3 helpful votes
An interesting nature reserve. Be sure to spend time touring the bascom house with a docent. Fascinating history. Lots of conservation materials available throughout.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Kathy D wrote a review Oct 2019
Saint Louis, Missouri279 contributions99 helpful votes
I have been a member of the Missouri Botanical Garden for 30 years. Yet somehow, I never came here before today, ... and that was on a whim as I drove along the interstate highway. I wasn't dressed for hiking, so I limited myself to driving "the loop". That in itself was refreshing. So I am resolved to return here very soon dressed appropriately for hiking! I visited on a weekday at noon, and I was encouraged to see a couple of small school groups taking advantage of this attraction. Yet the reserve is sprawling enough that other people can be here, and you can still bask in natural solitude.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Marian M wrote a review May 2019
Ballwin, Missouri266 contributions75 helpful votes
As a member of the Missouri Botanical Garden, the Nature Reserve has a member preview day for their annual sale of native plants and wild flowers. We attended for the first time and were amazed. It wasn't just buying plants---it was fun. There was a food truck there, a stage for the 2 bands that would be there, and a huge area set up with tents for the various producers of native plants to sell their wares. If you go next year, be sure to get there early. We were only an hour late and many of the more rare species had already been sold out. Also get there early to get a good parking spot. The huge area designated for parking was already filling up after only an hour. They are the type plants that I love--the easy maintenance perennials that stay forever. ''The Nature Reserve is an extension of the Mo Botanical Garden. It's 2400 acres and is an amazing glimpse back to what the prairies were like hundreds of years ago. It's very close to the Purina Farms, so visitors can make a day of it at both locations. A bit further down the road is Washington, Missouri, a darling little town.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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Hester725 wrote a review Apr 2019
Saint Louis, Missouri5 contributions4 helpful votes
This was one of the best places to hike in the area until this Winter when they decided to close at 5 (use to be 1/2 after dark) from September to March, so basically making we who have to work find somewhere else to go. Oh, we get April through August. In St. Louis. Where those are the hottest, humid, buggy months of the year! Thanks for nothing!!!
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Date of experience: April 2019
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