The Shaw Nature Reserve

307 Pinetum Loop Rd,
Gray Summit, MO 63039

Hours & Admission

Open 7 days a week
7 a.m. until sunset
Visitor Center:
8:30 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.

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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Bee buzzing over flowers

September 22 & 23
The Academy of Science – St. Louis BioBlitz is an exploration and inventory of biodiversity. At the end of the day, participants will have a new appreciation of the Reserve and their own backyard!
Learn more and register 

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.
Learn more

Class Registration

Learn and Discover - Fall/Winter 2017-2018

Registration for classes is now open! Check out our weekday, evening and weekend classes. Register online or over the phone by calling Rachel at (636) 451-3512 x 6007.
Register now!

Native Plant School

Native Plant School is a year-round series of mostly outdoor learning sessions in the Whitmire Wildflower Garden.
Learn more

New Photography Policy

Photographers on grounds

Review our new policies and guidelines for photography at Shaw Nature Reserve.
Policy and guidelines
Permit form

Featured Classes and Events

September 22, 2017 - September 23, 2017
Shaw Nature Reserve
September 24, 2017
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Shaw Nature Reserve > Adlyne Freund Center
September 25, 2017
9:30 am - 11:30 am
Shaw Nature Reserve > Visitor Center
September 26, 2017
9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Shaw Nature Reserve > Visitor Center