Hours & Admission

The Nature Reserve reopens June 16, 2020.
Missouri Botanical Garden members may enjoy a special preview week June 9-15. 

The health and safety of staff and visitors is the primary concern for Shaw Nature Reserve. Under guidance from the CDC and local health departments, we are reopening while still taking into account social distancing and safety precautions, including the requirement of dated and timed tickets for entry. All admission reservations/purchases must be made in advance.

Prairie Sky

Open 7 days a week

September 1–March 31: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

April 1–August 31:
8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Bascom House:
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

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 Missouri Botanical Garden members and children (12 and younger)

Special admission rates may apply for some events such as plant sales and our annual Prairie Day celebration.

Visitor Information

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.

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.