Ways to Give

Shaw Nature Reserve is a member of the family of attractions of the Missouri Botanical Garden.  When you support the Garden, you support the Reserve.

You also can contribute directly to the work of Shaw Nature Reserve in a variety of ways.

Hello, Nature! Support the Annual Fund

For almost a century, the Shaw Nature Reserve has invited visitors to immerse themselves in the wonders of Missouri’s natural landscapes. The Reserve team has worked tirelessly throughout the decades to root out invasive species and restore prairies, wetlands, woodlands, and glades. They maintain 14 miles of trails through these diverse habitats, as well as dozens of resting spots along the way. Many of the staff live on or near the property, constantly maintaining historic buildings and improving the visitor experience throughout the seasons.

The Reserve has taken the Garden’s commitment to plant knowledge, education, and conservation to a whole new level. Our team works to conserve, preserve, and restore entire ecosystems—creating healthy, diverse habitats for Missouri plants, birds, insects, and other wildlife. We lead hundreds of classes, hikes, and tours to engage guests of all ages with the natural wonders in our backyard.

You can help the Reserve with these ongoing restoration, maintenance, and education needs. Please consider making a special gift.

Click here to make a gift online.

Make a Commemorative Tribute Gift

The peace and natural beauty of the Reserve make it a beautiful place to remember a loved one or celebrate a milestone moment.

A commemorative tribute gift supports annual programs at Shaw Nature Reserve and is fully tax deductible. Tribute gifts can be made in any amount. A card acknowledging your gift will be sent to the person you designate; no mention is made regarding the amount of your donation. The name of the honoree and the donor will be listed in the Bulletin, the Missouri Botanical Garden publication mailed to 40,000 member households.

(Note: Recognition in the Bulletin is reserved for gifts of $50 or more.)

If you would like to discuss other ways to honor someone with a gift, such as naming a tree at the Reserve, please call (314) 577-9500.

Sponsor Educational Outreach

Shaw Nature Reserve has no equal in terms of the lessons it offers children on nature, conservation, and natural history. The Reserve serves about 4,500 schoolchildren each year through daytime programs and an additional 1,200 through overnight programs. A gift to the Reserve’s educational outreach would support the purchase of class supplies and scholarships.

For details about any of these giving opportunities, email membership@mobot.org or call (314) 577-9500.


The opportunities for volunteer participation at Shaw Nature Reserve are many and varied. We appreciate your interest in working with us and look forward to hearing from you. We are very happy to share Shaw Nature Reserve with you!

Volunteering at Shaw Nature Reserve

Shaw Nature Reserve is a member of the Missouri Botanical Garden family of attractions. The Missouri Botanical Garden is a 501(c)3 charity in good standing. Contributions to the Garden are fully tax-deductible.