Group mingles in Assembly BuildingThank you for your interest in the Dana Brown Overnight Education Center!

The Center is designed to accommodate a wide variety of groups. When school groups are not using the site, this is an ideal setting for scout groups, retreats, workshops, professional development or corporate meetings. The Dana Brown Overnight Center (DBOC) primarily hosts school groups in the spring and fall months. Private rentals (non-school groups) at the DBOC are available mid December through February, June through August, or weekends throughout the year.

Facility capacity is 100 for daytime events and 60 for overnights.


Rental Facilities & Fees

Group standing outside the DBOCLodging:
Weekday Rates (Monday through Thursday)
$500 per lodge for the first night
$250 per lodge for subsequent nights
Each lodge holds 13–19 people

Weekend Rates (Friday through Sunday)
$600 per lodge for the first night
$300 per lodge for the second night
Each lodge holds 13–19 people

Building fees with overnight stay:
Assembly Building: $200 per day
Adlyne Freund Center: $200 per day

Building fees without overnight stay:
Assembly Building: $700 per day
Adlyne Freund Center: $600 per day

A list of caterers can be provided to you. Please contact us with questions.

Call the Visitor Center at (314) 577-9505 and they can help connect you with our staff. 

To secure a reservation, a $150 booking fee is required five business days after making your reservation. The tentative hold on your reservation will be released if the booking fee is not received. This booking fee is non-refundable, but will be applied to your final payment.

A security deposit is required for use of the site.

A full refund will be issued minus the booking fee if a reservation is cancelled at least 60 days in advance; 30 days notice results in a refund of 50 percent minus the booking fee. A refund will not be issued for less than 30 days notice. If the Shaw Nature Reserve must cancel a reservation, a full refund will be issued.

Make checks payable to Shaw Nature Reserve. Credit cards are accepted by phone or in person at the Visitor Center.

Shaw Nature Reserve
307 Pinetum Loop Road
Gray Summit, MO 63039