Hours & Admission

Hours

The Shaw Nature Reserve is open year round from 7 a.m. until sunset. Visitor Center hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends. The Bascom House is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Sunday.  Shaw Nature Reserve is open to hikers every day, but the Visitor Center and Bascom House are closed on most major holidays.

Admission

 

$5 adults
 

$3 students and seniors (65 and older)


Free Garden members and children (12 and younger)
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Special admission charges may apply for some events.

No pets are allowed on the grounds.

Accessibility

Wheelchair Accessibility:

The Bascom House is wheelchair accessible, as are the restrooms in the house. The Whitmire Wildflower Garden is also wheelchair accessible; however, in addition to paved paths, some of the paths in the garden are of wood chips and therefore more difficult to negotiate in a wheelchair.

The Wetland Trail is ADA approved. The wetland trail parking lot at the bus stop is accessible by car, Mondays through Thursdays, April through November.

The glade overlook (in the vicinity of the Trail House) is down a 50-yard path of finely crushed gravel. The parking lot for the glade overlook is accessible by car, Mondays through Thursdays, April through November. 

Shaw Nature Reserve has two heavy-duty wheelchairs available for visitors to use at no cost. When you register at the Visitor Center upon your arrival, we will arrange for you to get a wheelchair. 

Stroller Accessibility:

The larger and thicker the tires of a stroller, the smoother the ride on Shaw Nature Reserve's paths. The Whitmire Wildflower Garden and the Bascom House are easily managed with all types of strollers, but we recommend large tires on hiking trails. Most hikers choose to use a backpack carrier for real hiking. There are two heavy-duty jogging strollers available to rent for $3.

Shaw Nature Reserve Trail Map

Contact Information

If you have questions about Shaw Nature Reserve, please call the Visitor Center at (636) 451-3512 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekends Central time.

Shaw Nature Reserve
P.O. Box 38
Gray Summit, MO 63039

Email: 
email our staff by sending a message addressed in the format:
firstname.lastname@mobot.org.

For general Shaw Nature Reserve Questions by email

For technical assistance, e-mail webhelp@mobot.org

Restrictions

FOR THE ENJOYMENT OF ALL

  • Please leave flowers and plants for everyone to enjoy. Do not collect or remove seeds, flowers, fruits and vegetables, plant labels, etc.
  • Please stay on trails.
  • PICNICKING

  • No fires.
  • No alcoholic beverages.
  • Picnicking is allowed at the designated table areas only.
  • BIKING

  • Bicycles permitted on service roads only.
  • WILDLIFE AND ANIMALS

  • No pets allowed, please. Assistance animals are welcome at the Shaw Nature Reserve. Please review these guidelines to help you enjoy your visit with your assistance animal.
  • Do not feed or handle the wildlife. It can be harmful to them - and you.
  • No hunting or fishing.
  • SMOKING AND LITTER

  • Shaw Nature Reserve is a tobacco-free environment. Smoking and tobacco products and devices are not allowed on Shaw Nature Reserve property, including all buildings, grounds, restrooms and parking lots.
  • We care about the environment. Please dispose of waste in recycle bins when appropriate. Do not litter.
  • PHOTOGRAPHY

  • Wedding and bridal parties must abide by the rules and guidelines outlined in the Wedding Picture Policy and Wedding Photography reservation form.
  • Prom, homecoming, any social event must follow our picture policy.
  • PERSONAL SAFETY

  • Do not wade or swim in ponds, streams or the Meramec River.
  • Please keep your personal items with you at all times. Shaw Nature Reserve cannot be held responsible for missing items. If you recover an item on the grounds that does not belong to you, please turn it in to the Visitor's Center.
  • For their safety, please supervise children at all times. One adult should accompany every five children.
  • No climbing trees unless part of a class.
  • No firearms.
  • Solicitation Policy

    Shaw Nature Reserve values the visitor experience. In order to provide a distraction-free environment for our guests, we do not allow solicitation or petitioning of any kind from any outside, non-sanctioned entity on Shaw Nature Reserve property, regardless of the organization or cause being represented. This includes, but is not limited to, the circulation or distribution of literature, brochures, handbills, flyers, leaflets, signage, pamphlets, notices, cards, advertising, promotional items, petitions, registrations, etc. Informational tables and booths are not permitted unless authorization is given by Shaw Nature Reserve.

    Shaw Nature Reserve property includes the grounds, buildings, parking lots and other facilities. Anyone not in compliance with this policy will be asked to leave the premises.

    The rights of other visitors to enjoy Shaw Nature Reserve must always be respected. Shaw Nature Reserve reserves the right to ask a visitor to leave for inappropriate or offensive behavior. Visitors will be held liable for any damage to Shaw Nature Reserve property.

    Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.