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.



Friday, Sept. 18, 3:30–9 p.m. &
Saturday, Sept. 19, 7 a.m.–noon

Come explore with us during our BioBlitz.
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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!

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



We have volunteer opportunities in horticulture, education, tours and ecological management to name a few!
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Sam Abell

Photo credit: Kari Wehrs
Thursday, September 24, 7-9 p.m

Join us for an evening with renowned photographer Sam Abell.
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Featured Classes and Events

September 2, 2015
10:00 am - 11:30 am
Shaw Nature Reserve > Visitor Center
September 3, 2015
Begins at 8:00 am
Shaw Nature Reserve > Visitor Center
September 4, 2015
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Shaw Nature Reserve > Visitor Center
September 9, 2015
10:00 am - 11:30 am
Shaw Nature Reserve > Visitor Center