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.

Daffodil Dash 5k Trail Run

Daffodil Dash logo

Saturday, April 9
Join us for the third annual trail 5k race where you can view the beautiful spring flowers while tackling a fun yet challenging course. All paces welcome.
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Birds and School Gardens Overnight Workshop


Saturday, April 23 (9:30 a.m.)–
Sunday, April 24 (3 p.m.)

Teachers, join us for a free overnight workshop offered by Cornell Lab of Ornithology, in collaboration with the Missouri Department of Conservation and Shaw Nature Reserve!
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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 2016–2017 program!
Click here to apply
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We have volunteer opportunities in horticulture, education, tours and ecological management to name a few!
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Apply today

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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Class Registration

Learn and Discover, Spring-Summer 2016

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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Shaw Wildflower Market

Customer with native plants

Saturday, May 7
9 a.m. –4 p.m.
We have the largest selection of native wildflowers available in the St. Louis Area
Enjoy local wine, bread, meats, cheese, art, beer, produce and more…
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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

February 12, 2016 - February 13, 2016
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Shaw Nature Reserve > Dana Brown Overnight Center
February 13, 2016
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Shaw Nature Reserve > Dana Brown Overnight Center
February 17, 2016
10:00 am - 11:30 am
Shaw Nature Reserve > Visitor Center
February 19, 2016
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Shaw Nature Reserve > Carriage House