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Shaw Nature Reserve Overnight

The Dana Brown Overnight Center (DBOC), located within Shaw Nature Reserve, offers school groups an opportunity to engage in more in-depth explorations of Missouri’s native ecosystems. MAP St. Louis students will participate in hands-on, outdoor, real world, inquiry-based science!

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Please find details for the trip below. 
Please contact Melissa Urspruch, at, with any questions.


Dates: Monday, Feb. 13–Wednesday, Feb. 15

Time: Departing: 8:30 a.m. on 2/13,  Returning: 3:45 p.m. on 2/15

Location: Shaw Nature Reserve, 307 Pinetum Loop Rd, Gray Summit, MO 63039

Note: Please drop off by 8:30 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 13 — no change to pick up procedures on Feb. 15.

Students should bring:

- bedding (pillow, sleeping bag and/or sheet set and blankets)

- hiking shoes (or boots)

- water bottle

- rain gear and warm outdoor gear (including hats/gloves—we will still hike if it is raining/snowing)

- backpack for hiking

 - 3 days and 2 nights of clothing

- personal toiletries

- wash cloth and towel

- flashlight

- all medications (with signed waiver and instructions—must be given to teachers before departure)

- sunscreen (optional)

- hat (optional)

Digital devices, including cell phones, will not be permitted on the trip. The MAP guides will have a cell phone with them in the case of an emergency. If there is a family emergency needing immediate attention, please contact Sara Krenski at the school.