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 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.
View pictures

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

Youth Ecology Club

Habitat Helpers participants

Extended application time until August 27th for the Habitat Helpers youth ecology club! Fourth- and fifth-graders meet once a month, help at events and build knowledge of the natural world while exploring.
Learn more
Download application 

Class Registration

Learn and Discover - Fall/Winter 2018-2019

Class registration 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!

Prairie Day

Prairie Day volunteers near tipi

Saturday,  September 22
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Join us for family fun such as hikes, music, atlatl toss, food, talks on helping threatened grasslands, and more. $3 adult members, free member children age 15 and younger, $6 nonmembers, $2 nonmember children ages 15 and younger.
Learn more

Teacher Naturalist


Share your knowledge and enthusiasm for nature with children by becoming a volunteer Teacher Naturalist. Upcoming meeting on August 16 for those interested. 
Learn more

Featured Classes and Events

August 14, 2018
9:00 am - 11:00 am
Shaw Nature Reserve > Visitor Center
August 17, 2018
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Shaw Nature Reserve > Carriage House
August 21, 2018
9:00 am - 11:00 am
Shaw Nature Reserve > Visitor Center
August 25, 2018
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Shaw Nature Reserve