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.

Youth Photography Contest

Butterfly on coneflower

June 1–October 15
Take a picture at Shaw Nature Reserve and enter it into our contest. You could win a prize!
Download contest rules
Download entry form

Prairie Day

Demonstration table at Prairie Day

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

Save the date! Join us for demonstrations portraying prairie heritage, fun-filled family activities, food and more!
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

Shaw Wildflower Market

Friday, September 5
4 to 7:30 p.m.

Shop for locally produced native plants, food and crafts. Also, experts will answer your native gardening questions.
Learn more

Class Registration

Classes Spring Summer 2014

Check out the many weekday, evening and weekend classes we have scheduled for this spring and summer!
Register now!
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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Youth Ecology Programs

Now accepting applications for our youth ecology programs (Habitat Helpers, H2O's, TREES). Deadline is August 15th. Read more here.


Featured Classes and Events

February 1, 2014 - August 31, 2014
Shaw Nature Reserve
July 28, 2014
9:00 am - 10:30 am
Shaw Nature Reserve > Visitor Center
July 30, 2014
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Shaw Nature Reserve > Visitor Center
July 31, 2014
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Shaw Nature Reserve > Carriage House