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 military
$3 first responders
$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.
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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!

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

Art at Shaw Nature Reserve


Saturday November 3 - Sunday November 4
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Boutique show of St. Louis area artists at the Shaw Nature Reserve's Dana Brown Overnight Education Center.
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Saturday Happenings

Andy-guided hikes

Guided hikes and lunch-and-learns on Saturdays. No registration required. Free with admission.
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Photo Contest

Missouri coneflower-Rudbeckia missouriensis by Michelle Scherer

September 1st- 30th you can win free prizes by participate in our Instagram photo contest. Whether you are using a smartphone or a DSLR camera, we’d love to see those amazing shots. 
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Featured Classes and Events

September 25, 2018
9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Shaw Nature Reserve > Visitor Center
September 26, 2018
10:00 am - 11:30 am
Shaw Nature Reserve > Visitor Center
September 27, 2018
8:30 am - 9:30 am
Shaw Nature Reserve > Visitor Center
September 28, 2018
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Shaw Nature Reserve > Visitor Center