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.

Art of the Tree Event

Black and white photo of a tree

Friday, August 14, 3–9 p.m. & Saturday, August 15, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
Join us for Art of the Tree photography exhibit and print sale at Bullivant Gallery. Proceeds benefit Shaw Nature Reserve.
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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

Fall Winter 2015 Class Catalog

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

Youth Ecology Clubs

Kids explore the prairie and try a plow

We're now taking applications for our youth ecology clubs and teen volunteer program (grades 4–12)!
Learn more and apply

Shaw Wildflower Market

Vendors and buyers at the fall wildflower sale

Friday, September 11, 4–7:30 p.m.
Shop for locally produced native plants, food and crafts. Also, experts will answer your native gardening questions. Learn more

Featured Classes and Events

August 5, 2015
9:30 am - 11:30 am
Shaw Nature Reserve > Visitor Center
August 7, 2015
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Shaw Nature Reserve > Carriage House
August 8, 2015
8:30 am - 12:30 pm
Shaw Nature Reserve > Carriage House
August 8, 2015
8:30 am - 12:30 pm
Shaw Nature Reserve > Carriage House