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Dana Brown Overnight Education Center facility rental

The Dana Brown Overnight Education Center is a cluster of historic buildings located on the eastern edge of the Shaw Nature Reserve in Gray Summit, Missouri. This residential center provides an ideal setting for visitors seeking to strengthen their connection with the natural world. The Center is within walking distance of prairie, woodland, wetland and the Meramec River. Facility capacity is 100 for daytime events and 60 for overnights.  

Weekday Rates (Monday through Thursday)
$500 per lodge for the first night
$250 per lodge for subsequent nights
Each lodge holds 13–19 people

Weekend Rates (Friday through Sunday)
$600 per lodge for the first night
$300 per lodge for the second night
Each lodge holds 13–19 people

Building fees with overnight stay:
Assembly Building: $200 per day
Adlyne Freund Center: $200 per day

Building fees without overnight stay:
Assembly Building: $700 per day
Adlyne Freund Center: $600 per day

A list of caterers can be provided to you. Please contact us with questions.

Call (314) 577-9529  

To secure a reservation, a $150 booking fee is required five business days after making your reservation. The tentative hold on your reservation will be released if the booking fee is not received. This booking fee is non-refundable, but will be applied to your final payment.

A security deposit is required for use of the site.

A full refund will be issued minus the booking fee if a reservation is cancelled at least 60 days in advance; 30 days notice results in a refund of 50 percent minus the booking fee. A refund will not be issued for less than 30 days notice. If the Shaw Nature Reserve must cancel a reservation, a full refund will be issued.

Make checks payable to Shaw Nature Reserve. Credit cards are accepted by phone or in person at the Visitor Center.

Shaw Nature Reserve
307 Pinetum Loop Road
Gray Summit, MO 63039


All Photography

Review all information before coming to photograph at Shaw Nature Reserve. 

Policies and Guidelines for Photography at Shaw Nature Reserve
Wedding Photography Permit

For more information, please call (314) 577-9555.


We always encourage walkers to bring plenty of water and whatever snacks they enjoy when hiking. We also welcome picnicking for those who want more than a snack.

We ask that you picnic at the specified picnic areas. Near the Visitor Center are a number of picnic tables. This area is conveniently located near the Nature Explore Classroom (NEC). If you have children between the ages of 3 and 10, be sure to check out this creative, "natural" play area.

At the new Glassberg Family Pavilions (behind the Bascom House), there are many tables and the setting is beautiful as it is surrounded by the prairie near the Whitmire Wildflower Garden.

A third picnic area is at the Maritz Trail House. Monday through Thursday, April through November, there is vehicle access to the Trail House, making it easy to use a cooler and have a more elaborate picnic. On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, walkers must pack in their food to the Trail House. It is about ¾ mile from the Bascom House/Whitmire Wildflower Garden to the Trail House.

There is no grilling or cooking over fire at SNR.