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.

National Trails Day

Enjoy free admission to Shaw Nature Reserve on Saturday June 4, in celebration of National Trails Day. Check-in at the Visitors Center, get a map, and enjoy the day!
Learn more about National Trails Day here

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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Youth Photo Contest

Girl with camera

April 1–June 30
A free photo contest for children ages 14 and under. All photos must be taken at the Reserve, and prizes will be awarded to the top three in each category. Co-sponsored by Missouri Nature and Environmental Photographers (MoNEP).
Contest rules
Entry forms

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

Flood Recovery at Shaw Nature Reserve

Featured Classes and Events

May 27, 2016
9:30 am - 11:30 am
Shaw Nature Reserve > Visitor Center
May 27, 2016
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Shaw Nature Reserve > Visitor Center
May 27, 2016
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Shaw Nature Reserve > Visitor Center
May 29, 2016
9:00 am - 10:00 am
Shaw Nature Reserve > Carriage House