Adult Programs
Basket making class

Sitting on 2,400 acres, the grounds of the Shaw Nature Reserve are an unparalleled classroom. From gardening practices to nature study and everything in between—Shaw Nature Reserve offers a full range of learning opportunities.

For Individuals
Shaw Nature Reserve offers weekend, evening and weekday classes and programs for individuals year-round! Read our class scheduling and cancellation policy.

See a full list of classes and register!


For Groups
If your organization or group would like to visit the Reserve we have programs and guided tours, and we can customize them to fit your needs. Call (636) 451-3512 for more information or check out these current offerings:

Classes for Groups
Naturalist-guided Group Tours
Dana Brown Overnight Center

 

Classes for Groups

Historic Wagon Ride
Adults
Offered May–October
Length of class: 1½ hour
Limit: 28 people
Fee:
$5 members
$8 adults
$6 seniors

 Schedule a class!


Passengers on Wilderness WagonClimb aboard the Wilderness Wagon to take a trip down memory lane as we share pictures and stories of the Reserve's past and present. We will make a few stops to tour some of the historic structures at the Reserve.

History of Our Land
Adults
Offered year-round
Length of class: 1½ hour
Limit: 25 people
Fee:
$5 members
$8 adults
$6 seniors

 Schedule a class!


Have you ever wondered how the Shaw Nature Reserve ended up in Gray Summit? Join us in the ambiance of the historic Bascom House to hear stories of the land. We will also tour the house and the Whitmire Wildflower Garden.

History of Shaw Nature Reserve
Adults
Offered year-round
Length of class: 1½ hour
Limit: 30 people
Fee:
$5 members
$8 adults
$6 seniors

 Schedule a class!


Adlyne Freund CenterJoin us in the Adlyne Freund Center to hear the interesting history of the Shaw Nature Reserve. A tour of the historic lodges of the Dana Brown Overnight Center will conclude the program.

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Naturalist-guided Group Tours

Passengers on Wilderness WagonWilderness Wagon Tour
Our Naturalist will narrate while you sit back and relax. If a group is to have a guide, it is absolutely necessary to make a reservation at least two weeks ahead of time!

Bus Tour
For a group arriving on its own bus, our naturalist/guide can step aboard to give a tour.

Cost for either of the above (admission and tour combined):

$5   members of the Missouri Botanical Garden
$8   non-members
$6   seniors (age 65+)

There is a minimum charge of $80 for either of the guided tours.

Download more information about scheduling a tour.

Reservations:
Contact Helen McCallie in the Visitor Center
(636) 451-3512 x 6075 (toll free from St. Louis)
helen.mccallie@mobot.org

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Stay Overnight

Assembly building

Groups can stay in historic lodges at our Dana Brown Overnight Center.
Learn more!
Book now! Call Aileen at (636) 451-3512 x 6081.