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.

10 Years of Greener Gardens

Saturday, October 17, 1–5 p.m.
Celebrate Native Plant School’s 10th Anniversary with exhibitors and a guest speaker.
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Wilderness Wagon

Saturdays and Sundays in October, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m. $1 per person. The narrated wagon ride travels the three-mile Trail House Loop Road, with stops at the Trail House and wetland bus stop.
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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 2015 Class Catalog

Registration for Fall/Winter classes is now open! Check out our weekday, evening and weekend classes.
Register now!

Maple Syrup

Students collecting syrup

Teachers, call (636) 451-3512 today to be added to the Maple Syrup Making field trip list. This class is for grades 4–8 and will be held late January and/or early February. Class is weather dependent.
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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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Featured Classes and Events

October 7, 2015
10:00 am - 11:30 am
Shaw Nature Reserve > Visitor Center
October 8, 2015
8:00 am - 10:00 am
Shaw Nature Reserve > Visitor Center
October 8, 2015
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Shaw Nature Reserve > Carriage House
October 9, 2015
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Shaw Nature Reserve > Visitor Center