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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.

Dana Brown Overnight Education Center

 Please note: we will be offering more opportunities to book spaces for parties, weddings, meetings, and other requests in the future. We will also offer tours again in the future. Check back here to learn when we will offer these again. 


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.