Bride and groom

With sweeping prairie views and the native plant Whitmire Wildflower Garden as a backdrop, Shaw Nature Reserve is an ideal location for those looking to hold a special event in an outdoor setting. Following your ceremony, guests will have the opportunity to explore Shaw Nature Reserve’s 2,400 acres and 17-mile trail system.


Wedding party

At Shaw Nature Reserve, we are able to accommodate up to 100 people for a ceremony at multiple outdoor locations. For questions and to make a reservation contact our Events and Outreach Coordinator at or call 314-577-9555.

Wedding information packet


All Photography

Review all information before coming to photograph at Shaw Nature Reserve. 

Policies and Guidelines for Photography at Shaw Nature Reserve
Wedding Photography Permit

For more information, please call (314) 577-9555.

Overnight Retreats

DBOC overnight retreats module

Built in the early 2000s, the Dana Brown Overnight Center offers various opportunities from overnight company retreats to a weekend family gathering. The Center is comprised of two meeting buildings both equipped with a kitchen and four overnight cabins that can comfortably sleep 60 individuals.

Overnight Retreats

Day-Use Facility Rentals

Day use rental pavilions module

Looking for a space to host a meeting, cooperate event, group retreat, or family gathering? Shaw Nature Reserve has numerous locations fit for your day-use needs. Rentals include 4-hours of access to the rental space, a gate code for your guests, daily admission, and access to Shaw Nature Reserve’s 17-mile trail system.

View Day-Use Rental Spaces 


We always encourage walkers to bring plenty of water and whatever snacks they enjoy when hiking. We also welcome picnicking for those who want more than a snack.

We ask that you picnic at the specified picnic areas at the Glassberg Family Pavilions or at the Maritz Trail House

There is no grilling or cooking over fire at Shaw Nature Reserve.