The Shaw Nature Reserve

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

Hours & Admission

Open 7 days a week

September 1–30:
8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

October 1–March 31: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

April 1–August 31:
8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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.
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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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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 (6–8 a.m.) to Shaw Nature Reserve.
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We have volunteer opportunities in horticulture, education, tours and ecological management to name a few!
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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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Class Registration

Learn and Discover - Fall/Winter 2019-2020

Registration for Fall/Winter 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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Annual Art Show

Shaw Nature Reserve Annual Art Show

Saturday, November 2 &
Sunday, November 3
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Boutique show of St. Louis area artists at the Shaw Nature Reserve's Dana Brown Overnight Center.
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Featured Classes and Events

October 20, 2019
9:00 am - 10:00 am
Shaw Nature Reserve > Carriage House
October 23, 2019
10:00 am - 11:30 am
Shaw Nature Reserve > Visitor Center
October 24, 2019
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Shaw Nature Reserve > Visitor Center
October 24, 2019
9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Shaw Nature Reserve > Carriage House