The Shaw Nature Reserve

307 Pinetum Loop Rd,
Gray Summit, MO 63039
(314) 577-9555

Hours & Admission

2020 Hours:
Open 7 days a week 

January 1–March 7:
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

March 8–31:
8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

April 1–August 31:
8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

September 1–30:
8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

October 1–31:
8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

November 1–
December 31:
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Last entry into Shaw Nature Reserve is 30 minutes prior to posted closing time.

Thanksgiving Day Hours:
8 a.m.–noon

Christmas Eve Hours:
8 a.m.–noon

Closed Christmas Day

Bascom House:
10 a.m.–4 p.m. daily.

$5 general admission
$3 seniors 65 & over
Free children 12 & under
Free for Missouri Botanical Garden members.
Groups click here

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.


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

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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Saturday Happenings

Sights & Sounds Trail Series

Enjoy videos by Andy until we re-open. Click below to watch on our Facebook page. 
When we re-open you can enjoy these guided hikes and lunch-and-learns on Saturdays. No registration required. Free with admission.
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Shaw Wildflower Market

Customer with native plants

In an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19 in accordance with local and Federal recommendations, the Spring Wildflower Market scheduled for May 8-9 is postponed indefinitely. Check back for updated information on a possible rescheduled date. 

We have the largest selection of native wildflowers available in the St. Louis Area. Enjoy local wine, bread, meats, cheese, art, beer, produce and more…
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Program Registration

Learn and Discover - Spring Summer 2020

All programs are cancelled through May 1st.
Registration for Spring/Summer classes is now open! Check out our weekday, evening and weekend classes.
Register now!

Featured Classes and Events

April 1, 2020 - April 30, 2020
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Shaw Nature Reserve
April 9, 2020
9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Shaw Nature Reserve > Visitor Center
April 9, 2020
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Shaw Nature Reserve > Carriage House
April 10, 2020
8:00 am - 11:00 am
Shaw Nature Reserve > Trail House