The Shaw Nature Reserve

Hwy. 100 & I-44
P.O. Box 38
Gray Summit, MO 63039

Hours & Admission

Open 7 days a week
7 a.m. until sunset
Visitor Center:
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends 
Bascom House:
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

$5 general admission
$3 students
$3 seniors 65 & over 
Free children 12 & under

Free for Shaw Nature Reserve passholders and Missouri Botanical Garden members.

Wheelchair Accessibility:
Bascom House, Maritz Trail House, Whitmire Wildflower Garden, Wetland Trail, Crescent Knoll Overlook, Glassberg Family Pavilions and restrooms.

Non-smoking. No pets. Professional photographers must pay a fee.

Native Plant School

Native Plant School is a year-round series of mostly outdoor learning sessions in the Whitmire Wildflower Garden.
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Support the Nature Reserve

Bascom House field

Support the work of the Shaw Nature Reserve to restore land to its original state and preserve the peace and natural beauty of our grounds.
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Our Mission


Shaw Nature Reserve strives to inspire responsible stewardship of our environment through education, restoration and protection of natural habitats and public enjoyment of the natural world.
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Class Registration

Spring Summer 2015 Class Catalog

Check out the many weekday, evening and weekend classes we have scheduled for this spring and summer!
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Log building

This cluster of historic log or post-and-beam structures dates back to the 1800s and can accomodate a wide variety of educational groups.
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We have volunteer opportunities in horticulture, education, tours and ecological management to name a few!
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Featured Classes and Events

July 7, 2015
9:30 am - 11:30 am
Shaw Nature Reserve > Carriage House
July 8, 2015
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Shaw Nature Reserve > Visitor Center
July 10, 2015
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Shaw Nature Reserve > Visitor Center
July 11, 2015
8:30 am - 11:30 am
Shaw Nature Reserve > Visitor Center