Bring Your Group
Planning a group visit

Whether you are a tour operator, university group, community club, or just a bunch of friends, it is necessary to make a reservation. Call 314-577-0850 to check availability. You can also customize your visit with a private tour.

Bus Tour:
For a group arriving on its own bus, our guide can step aboard to describe the Reserve's history, what's in bloom, the restoration work, the tallgrass prairie, wildlife and wetlands. It is important that the bus has a microphone.

Additional stops can be made for a fee to visit the Bascom House, a restored 1879 home, and the adjoining 5-acre Whitmire Wildflower Garden for an additional 30 minutes. There are benches on the lawn of the Bascom House and in the wildflower garden for those who want to relax while others are walking around.  
 

Walking Tour:
A guide will narrate while you walk on some of our 17 miles of hiking trails. You can choose to hear information on our ecology, native plant landscaping, or our history. 
 

Cost:

Cost (admission and tour combined):

  • $100: one-hour walk-on coach tour on of the three-mile Loop Road 
  • $50: per additional stop at either the Bascom House or Whitmire Wildflower Garden for a thirty-minute walking tour 
  • $50: thirty-minute walking tour about our ecology, native landscaping or history

 

Important Information: 
If a group is to have a guide, it is absolutely necessary to make a reservation at least two weeks ahead of time! 


Reservations: 
(314) 577-0850
 

Location:
Shaw Nature Reserve is located off I-44, about 35 miles west of the Arch in downtown St. Louis. We are on I-44, Exit 253, Gray Summit. This is two exits west of Six Flags (Allenton/Eureka).

There are numerous side trips in the area of the Reserve that can be combined to your tour: Purina Farms, restaurants in Washington, Labadie, and Pacific, LaBarque Creek natural areas, antique shops in Washington and Eureka, wineries north of the Missouri River along Highway 94, the Black Madonna Shrine in Eureka, and Meramec State Park and Meramec Caverns near Sullivan. 

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