Get outdoors and celebrate the start of spring at the Missouri Botanical Garden, Shaw Nature Reserve, and Butterfly House.

Regular admission applies.

Get outside and play!

Weekends in April • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Come celebrate our region’s great outdoors!

Featuring a fun line-up of active, outdoor experiences, exhibitors, experts and more at Missouri Botanical Garden, Shaw Nature Reserve and the Butterfly House, these outdoor celebrations invite people of all ages to embrace their role as citizen stewards—celebrating, connecting with and conserving our region’s great outdoors.

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April 6-7 activities sponsored by

Additional support provided by

Special activities include:

  • Guided hikes/walks/tours
  • Native plant sale
  • Free tree give-away (while supplies last)
  • Micro-habitat making
  • BiodiverseCity St. Louis partners/exhibitors
  • Nature scavenger hunts
  • St. Louis City Nature Challenge
  • Canopy Climb
  • Canoeing/paddleboarding (Shaw Nature Reserve only)
  • Fly Fishing Demonstration (Shaw Nature Reserve only)
  • Music
  • Food (available for purchase) 
  • Wilderness Survival Skills 

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April 27-28




The Garden offers 79 acres of beautiful horticultural display, including a 14-acre Japanese strolling garden, Henry Shaw's original 1850 estate home, and one of the world's largest collections of rare and endangered orchids.

4344 Shaw Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63110 | (314) 577-5100

St. Louis, MO

April 6-7

Missouri Botanical Garden

Events and activities at all three of our locations

The Shaw Nature Reserve of the Missouri Botanical Garden is a 2,400-acre natural area located just south of Interstate-44 in Gray Summit. Its close proximity to St. Louis allows easy access for visitors of all ages to experience the natural beauty of our region and to learn about the history of this unique attraction.

307 Pinetum Loop Rd, Gray Summit, MO 63039 | (314) 577-9555

Gray Summit, MO

April 13-14



Visit more than one thousand live tropical butterflies fly freely in the glass conservatory at the Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House. Watch a butterfly emerge from a chrysalis right before your eyes. Go outside to spy local pollinators and migrating species in the Native Butterfly Garden.

15193 Olive Blvd. Chesterfield, MO 63017 | (314) 577-0888 

Chesterfield, MO

"To discover and share knowledge about plants and their environment in order to preserve and enrich life." 

 – Missouri Botanical Garden mission

Our greater St. Louis eco-region is like none other—home to forests, farms, parks, prairies, caves, bluffs, glades, wetlands, meadows, lakes, streams, and an iconic river confluence. The region boasts so many nature-rich sites, from urban oases to outer-rim reserves, just waiting to be explored, enjoyed, and loved. Download our map to see few of our favorites.

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Missouri Botanical Garden |  4344 Shaw Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63110 | (314) 577-5100