The Shaw Nature Reserve

307 Pinetum Loop Rd,
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 Ecology Club

Habitat Helpers participants

Apply 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 Shaw Nature Reserve.
Learn more
Download application

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.
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Prairie Day

Prairie Day volunteers near tipi

Saturday, September 17
10 a.m.–4 p.m.

This fun-filled family event portrays prairie heritage through activities and demonstrations, and showcases the Reserve’s 250-acre re-created tall grass prairie. $3 members, $6 nonmembers, $2 nonmembers (15 and under), members children free (15 and under).
Learn more

Class Registration

Learn and Discover, Spring-Summer 2016

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

Shaw Wildflower Market

Vendors and buyers at the fall wildflower sale

Friday, September 9, 4–7:30 p.m.
Shop for locally produced native plants, food and crafts. Also, experts will answer your native gardening questions. Learn more

Featured Classes and Events

July 27, 2016
9:30 am - 11:30 am
Shaw Nature Reserve > Carriage House
July 29, 2016
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Shaw Nature Reserve > Carriage House
August 2, 2016
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Shaw Nature Reserve > Carriage House
August 5, 2016
9:30 am - 11:30 am
Shaw Nature Reserve > Carriage House