About Us


The Shaw Nature Reserve, part of the Missouri Botanical Garden, has more than 2,400 acres of Ozark-border landscape with 1.5 miles of Meramec River frontage (both banks) and an extraordinary diversity of native plant and animal habitats. Located 35 miles southwest of St. Louis at Gray Summit, Missouri, it is in an ideal location for a day visit. Shaw Nature Reserve works closely with the Missouri Department of Conservation to promote native plants and encourage their use in sustainable and environmentally friendly gardens and landscapes.

The Missouri Botanical Garden’s land purchase in 1925 began the legacy of Shaw Nature Reserve. Originally set up as a safe refuge for the plant collection from the smoke pollution of the 1920’s, its role in the community has evolved through the years. Shaw Nature Reserve has many roles—as a nature reserve, a place to walk and hike, and a good spot for relaxing and for studying nature. It has become a premier educational, research and habitat restoration and reconstruction site. 


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The Shaw Nature Reserve
Hwy. 100 & I-44
PO Box 38
Gray Summit, MO 63039
(314) 577-9555

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