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.

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 2015–2016 program!
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Maple Syrup Class

Students pouring maple sap from bucket

Maple Syrup and Winter Ecology school programs. Experience hands-on learning and active discovery of nature and the great outdoors.
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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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Class Registration

Fall Winter Classes

Check out the many weekday, evening and weekend classes we have scheduled for this fall and winter!
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Book now! Spring Fieldtrips

Enrollment is open for spring school groups. Hands-on outdoor learning awaits.
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Volunteer opportunities in horticulture, education, tours, and ecological management to name a few.
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Our Mission

Teachers planting seeds during a workshop 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

January 31, 2015 - February 1, 2015
Shaw Nature Reserve > Dana Brown Overnight Center
February 3, 2015
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Shaw Nature Reserve > Visitor Center
February 5, 2015
9:30 am - 11:30 am
Shaw Nature Reserve > Visitor Center
February 6, 2015
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Shaw Nature Reserve > Carriage House