Cabins in fall

The Dana Brown Overnight Center (DBOC) at Shaw Nature Reserve provides an ideal setting for scout groups seeking to connect with the natural world. Enjoy and explore the surrounding area at the Dana Brown Overnight Center with access to numerous trails that wind through Shaw Nature Reserve’s wetland, forest, river and prairie habitats!

The DBOC retreat facility is a cluster of historic log and post-beam structures dating back to the 1800s. Overnight reservations include access to a meeting building with a full kitchen, shower house and the appropriate number of cabins to comfortably meet your group's needs. Each cabin is climate controlled with sleeping quarters and one restroom. The overnight facilities at DBOC can handle group sizes from 10–60 individuals.

Overnight Costs:
Groups will be charge a minimum reservation fee that covers the cost for up to 10 total participants (scouts and adults).

  • 1 overnight: $200
  • 2 overnights: $300

Cost of Additional Participants:

  • $20 per participant for 1 overnight
  • $30 per participant for 2 overnights

Scout Leaders/Chaperones:

  • One program coordinator is exempt from all charges.
  • For every 10 scouts, 1 chaperone is free of charge.
  • Any chaperone NOT staying the night will be charged our $5 admission fee.

Meeting Buildings:
The Assembly Building and Adlyne Freund Center can also be reserved for day use (9 a.m.–4 p.m.) for a $200 flat fee.

Assembly building in springTo reserve the Dana Brown Overnight Center at Shaw Nature Reserve for your scout group, please email Andy at or call (314) 577-9528.