“Boys on the right, girls on the left. Sir, please move to the right.”
The woman leading the reenactment of prairie life in a teepee let all visitors know the rules as soon as they entered through the short canvas doorway. She told stories of what life was like on the prairie such as setting up the teepee, cooking inside a teepee, how to use two buffalo skin to make a bed, etc. At the end of her presentation, she gave the attentive kids a wooden nickel.
We meandered through the Prairie Days attractions, learning at some stops and entertained at others. It was a beautiful fall day at the Shaw Nature Reserve to take a walk. We learned about living in a sod house, what to cook over a campfire, dutch oven cooking, setting up camp with a horse, blacksmithing and much more about natural life on the prairie. At each of the stations, children collected wooden nickels that they would later get to spend at the trading post.
This event was family-friendly as the kids became involved with having their own currency and ability to purchase goods if they stopped to listen or participate in the attractions. The adults enjoyed activities such as the tomahawk throw, receiving free milkweed plants and history lessons.
Overall, we enjoyed the event and would recommend it to someone (especially families) looking for a fall event. We saw only a small portion of the Shaw Nature Reserve and plan to return for future events or just for a walk in nature. It is a hidden gem in eastern Missouri.