The Shaw Nature Reserve

307 Pinetum Loop Rd,
Gray Summit, MO 63039

Hours & Admission

Open 7 days a week
7 a.m. until sunset
Visitor Center:
8:30 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.

What's In Bloom

Water lily

Every Friday we take pictures of what's in bloom and post them on our Facebook page. We feature a variety of plants and places in the Whitmire Wildflower Garden.
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SIFT Applications

SIFT participants learn about water invertebrates with Dr. James Trager

High school students: the Shaw Institute for Field Training (SIFT) is now accepting applications for the 2017–2018 program!
Click here to apply
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Daffodil Dash 5k Trail Run

Daffodil Dash logo
Saturday, April 8
Join us for the fourth annual 5k trail run (not timed) where you can view the beautiful spring flowers while tackling a fun yet challenging course. All paces welcome.
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Class Registration

Spring/Summer 2017 Class Registration

Registration for classes is now open! Check out our weekday, evening and weekend classes.
Register now!

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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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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Featured Classes and Events

March 3, 2017
10:00 am - 11:30 am
Shaw Nature Reserve > Visitor Center
March 7, 2017
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Shaw Nature Reserve > Carriage House
March 9, 2017
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Shaw Nature Reserve > Carriage House
March 10, 2017
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Shaw Nature Reserve > Visitor Center