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.

Class Registration

Classes Spring Summer 2014

Register now for a variety of weekday, evening and weekend classes this spring and summer!
Register now!

Prairie Day

September 20, 2014
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Fun-filled family activities, food, demonstration portraying prairie heritage, and more...
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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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Shaw Wildflower Market

Saturday Before Mother's Day
May 10, 2014
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Local wildflowers, wine, bread, meats, cheese, art, beer, produce and more…
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Denison Days

During April of 2014, a series of events and educational programs will serve to remember Kirkwoodian Edgar Denison for his many contributions to native landscaping in the St. Louis region, Shaw Nature Reserve and beyond.

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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Photo of the Month

Each month we highlight a photo from the Shaw Nature Reserve Flickr pool. Recent photos that match the current season are ideal candidates for the Photo of the Month, so visit soon, take some photos, post them to the Flickr pool and one of
your shots just might be the next one featured here…

Congratulations Gordon Radford, or "Gordorad66,"
(  for capturing April's photo of the month! Click the photo to see a larger version. 


Featured Classes and Events

February 1, 2014 - July 31, 2014
Shaw Nature Reserve
March 1, 2014 - April 30, 2014
7:30 pm - 9:15 pm
Animal dependent. Email  (preferred) or call 636-451-3512 ext 6075 to be added to the email or call list. Could begin in early March. Price per person.
Shaw Nature Reserve > Visitor Center
April 23, 2014
10:00 am - 11:30 am
Shaw Nature Reserve > Visitor Center
April 23, 2014
8:00 am - 10:30 am
Shaw Nature Reserve > Visitor Center
Natural History Reading Group

This spring as the daffodils bloom, join our Natural History Reading Group at the Bascom House that will meet after Tuesday Spring Wildflower Walks in April and May. We will discuss books by EDWIN WAY TEALE. To sign up please email Larry Melton at lcmelton67 @