The Shaw Nature Reserve

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

Hours & Admission

2020 Hours:
Open 7 days a week 

January 1 – March 7: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

March 8 – March 31: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

April 1 – August 31: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

September 1 - 30: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

October 1 - 31: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

November 1 - December 31: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Last entry into Shaw Nature Reserve is 30 minutes prior to posted closing time.

Thanksgiving Day Hours: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Christmas Eve Hours: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Closed Christmas Day

Bascom House:
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

$5 general admission
$3 seniors 65 & over
Free children 12 & under
Free for Missouri Botanical Garden members.
Groups click here

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.


Daffodil Dash 5k Trail Run

Daffodil Dash

Saturday, April 4
910:30 a.m.
Join us for the seventh annual Daffodil Dash 5k Trail Run.
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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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Pet Policy


While service animals are welcome at the Nature Reserve, if you would like to hike with your pet, we recommend visiting state and county parks. Pets are not permitted at Shaw Nature Reserve.
St. Louis County parks pet page
Missouri State parks pet page
Service animal policy

Members Mornings

Group tour

Missouri Botanical Garden members may register for Early Morning Access (5:30–8 a.m.) to Shaw Nature Reserve.
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Saturday Happenings

Sights & Sounds Trail Series

Guided hikes and lunch-and-learns on Saturdays. No registration required. Free with admission.
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Program Registration

Learn and Discover - Spring Summer 2020

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

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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We have volunteer opportunities in horticulture, education, tours and ecological management to name a few!
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Featured Classes and Events

February 21, 2020
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Shaw Nature Reserve > Dana Brown Overnight Center
February 21, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Shaw Nature Reserve > Dana Brown Overnight Center
February 22, 2020
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Shaw Nature Reserve > Adlyne Freund Center
February 28, 2020
9:30 am - 11:00 am
Shaw Nature Reserve > Carriage House