‘Off’ season has much to offer at Nature Reserve

December 5, 2012 by  

While there are fewer visitors to the Shaw Nature Reserve through the cold months, events do not cease — and winter can bring a new perspective to our appreciation of nature. The absence of foliage and the change in the range of wildlife present provide a very different experience to that seen during other seasons of the year.

The nature reserve, located to the west of St. Louis, makes for an excellent destination when weather has had both adults and children housebound. Its 14 miles of hiking trails are open year-round, and special events and classes continue as well.

On Sunday, December 9, winter weather, and how to survive in it, is the focus of a program aimed at the whole family (ages eight and up). Using games and a variety of other activities, instructors illustrate the strategies enabling animals to survive in cold weather. That serves as an introduction to survival skills for people, should they become trapped outside in the winter. There is no additional cost to the class, beyond nature reserve admission, but advance registration is required an can be arranged by calling 314.577.5140.

In January, the Wildlife in Winter overnight program will be examining critters in the cold in even greater detail. Weather permitting, a campfire, night hike, sleeping in the reserve’s historic log lodges, and a provided breakfast are all part of the event, which takes place January 11 – 12. The price is $50 per person and reservations must for be one parent per child aged six or older.

These activities and more are offered through the Missouri Botanical Garden System. Look for flyer and brochure printing and distribution in the greater St. Louis area, or visit the website for facility hours and special events.