Hours & Admission


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.



$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.


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


Your cooperation will help maintain this area for all to enjoy:

  • No pets are permitted on the grounds.
  • No collecting is permitted. Do not pick wildflowers, pine cones, etc.
  • Bicycles permitted on service roads only.
  • No fires, smoking or alcoholic beverages.
  • Picnicking is allowed at the designated table areas only.
  • No hunting, fishing or swimming.
  • Please stay on trails.
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

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