The Shaw Nature Reserve

307 Pinetum Loop Rd,
Gray Summit, MO 63039
(314) 577-9555

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.

Pet Policy

While service animals are welcome at the Nature Reserve, if you would like to hike with your pet, we recommend visiting state and county parks. Pets are not permitted at Shaw Nature Reserve.  

St. Louis County parks pet page
Missouri State parks pet page
Service animal policy 

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.
View pictures

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 2017–2018 program!
Click here to apply
Learn more

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 (314) 577-9526.
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

January 23, 2018
9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Shaw Nature Reserve > Dana Brown Overnight Center
January 24, 2018
10:00 am - 11:30 am
Shaw Nature Reserve > Visitor Center
January 26, 2018
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Shaw Nature Reserve > Trail House
January 27, 2018 - January 28, 2018
9:00 am - 11:00 am
Shaw Nature Reserve > Dana Brown Overnight Center