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.

Stuffed Animal Sleepover

For ages 3-8. Bring your favorite stuffed animal to Shaw Nature Reserve for a stuffed animal sleepover. What will your furry friend do at the Reserve? You'll find out when you pick them up and look through pictures of all their adventures!
Drop-off: Monday June 8th 9am-4pm, Visitor's Center. 
Pick-up Friday June 12th 9am-3pm, Visitor's Center.

Native Plant School

Native Plant School is a year-round series of mostly outdoor learning sessions in the Whitmire Wildflower Garden.
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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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Wilderness Wagon

Saturday's and Sunday's in May. 1pm, 2pm, 3pm. $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.
Learn more
Class Registration

Spring Summer 2015 Class Catalog

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



We have volunteer opportunities in horticulture, education, tours and ecological management to name a few!
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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

May 26, 2015
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Shaw Nature Reserve > Carriage House
May 27, 2015
10:00 am - 11:30 am
Shaw Nature Reserve > Visitor Center
May 28, 2015
Begins at 8:00 am
Shaw Nature Reserve > Visitor Center
May 29, 2015
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Shaw Nature Reserve > Carriage House