The Shaw Nature Reserve

307 Pinetum Loop Rd,
Gray Summit, MO 63039
(314) 577-9555

Hours & Admission

2020 Hours:
Open 7 days a week 

January 1–March 7:
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

March 8–31:
8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

April 1–August 31:
8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

September 1–30:
8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

October 1–31:
8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

November 1–
December 31:
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Last entry into Shaw Nature Reserve is 1 hour prior to posted closing time.

Thanksgiving Day Hours:
8 a.m.–noon

Christmas Eve Hours:
8 a.m.–noon

Closed Christmas Day

Bascom House:
10 a.m.–4 p.m. daily.

$5 general admission
$3 seniors 65 & over
Free children 12 & under
Free for Missouri Botanical Garden members.
Groups click here

Wheelchair Accessibility:
Bascom House, Maritz Trail House, Whitmire Wildflower Garden, Wetland Trail, Crescent Knoll Overlook, Glassberg Family Pavilions and restrooms.

Non-smoking. No pets. Professional photographers must pay a fee.



Bascom House

The Nature Reserve reopened to the public June 16 with additional health and safety protocols in place. Advanced tickets are required.
Get tickets and learn more 

Virtual Happenings


Join Andy on virtual hikes as he points out plants and animals on the way. No registration required. Free for all. Also available: virtual field trips with options for PreK–grade 12.
Virtual hikes
Virtual field trips 

Class Registration

Learn and Discover - Fall/Winter 2020-2021

Registration for Fall/Winter classes is now open! Check out our weekday, evening and weekend classes. 
Register now!

Pet Policy


While service animals are welcome at the Nature Reserve, if you would like to hike with your pet, we recommend visiting state and county parks. Pets are not permitted at Shaw Nature Reserve.
St. Louis County parks pet page
Missouri State parks pet page
Service animal policy

SOLD OUT Whitmire Wonderlights

Winter Wonderlights

December 18 and 19
This  luminary-lit stroll around the Bascom House and Whitmire Wildflower Garden is currently sold out. 

Investigate Nature Backpacks


Now Available
Recommended for ages 6–10. Take exploring to the next level with a backpack filled with gear to investigate, learn and discover! Backpacks are available for pick-up one day after the order has been submitted.
Learn more and order

Our Mission


Shaw Nature Reserve strives to inspire responsible stewardship of our environment through education, restoration and protection of natural habitats and public enjoyment of the natural world.
Learn more

Featured Classes and Events

September 19, 2020 - September 18, 2022
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Shaw Nature Reserve
December 5, 2020
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Shaw Nature Reserve > Visitor Center
December 9, 2020
10:00 am - 11:30 am
Shaw Nature Reserve > Visitor Center
December 9, 2020
10:00 am - 11:30 am
Shaw Nature Reserve > Visitor Center