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.

School Programs

Hands-on learning and active discovery of nature and the great outdoors.
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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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Class Registration

Fall Winter Classes

Check out the many weekday, evening and weekend classes we have scheduled for this fall and winter!
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Wilderness Wagon

Wilderness Wagon Rides
Saturday and Sunday afternoons in October
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Our Mission

Teachers planting seeds during a workshop 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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Youth Ecology Programs

We're now accepting applications for our youth ecology programs (Habitat Helpers, H2O's, TREES). Deadline is September 24, 2014.
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Download applications

Featured Classes and Events

September 21, 2014
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Shaw Nature Reserve > Adlyne Freund Center
September 22, 2014
9:30 am - 11:00 am
Shaw Nature Reserve > Carriage House
September 23, 2014
9:30 am - 11:00 am
Shaw Nature Reserve > Carriage House
September 24, 2014
Begins at 8:00 am
Shaw Nature Reserve > Visitor Center