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:
8:30 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 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.

Photo Exhibit

September 12-December 31

Stop in the Bascom House to view the 'Ebb and Flow' photography exhibit. All photos feature water in some form as the main subject. Special thanks to MoNEP (Missouri Nature & Environmental Photographers) for the display. 

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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Wilderness Wagon

Saturdays and Sundays in May and 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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Class Registration

Learn and Discover - Fall/Winter 2016-2017

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.
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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 24, 2016
9:30 am - 11:00 am
Shaw Nature Reserve > Visitor Center
October 25, 2016
9:30 am - 11:30 am
Shaw Nature Reserve > Visitor Center
October 25, 2016
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Shaw Nature Reserve > Visitor Center
October 26, 2016
10:00 am - 11:30 am
Shaw Nature Reserve > Visitor Center