The Shaw Nature Reserve

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

Hours & Admission

Open 7 days a week
7 a.m. until sunset
Visitor Center:
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends 
Bascom House:
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

$5 general admission
$3 students
$3 seniors 65 & over 
Free children 12 & under

Free for Missouri Botanical Garden members.

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.

What's In Bloom

Water lily

Every Friday we take pictures of what's in bloom and post them on our Facebook page. We feature a variety of plants and places in the Whitmire Wildflower Garden.
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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

Youth Ecology Club

Habitat Helpers participants

Apply for the Habitat Helpers youth ecology club! Fourth- and fifth-graders meet once a month, help at events and build knowledge of the natural world while exploring Shaw Nature Reserve.
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Download application 

Teacher Naturalist


Share your knowledge and enthusiasm for nature with children by becoming a volunteer Teacher Naturalist. Upcoming meetings on August 16th for those interested. 
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Native Plant School

Native Plant School is a year-round series of mostly outdoor learning sessions in the Whitmire Wildflower Garden.
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Program Registration

Learn and Discover Spring/Summer 2018 Classes

Registration for classes is now open! Check out our weekday, evening and weekend classes. Register online or over the phone by calling Rachel at (314) 577-9526. (Note: registration for Fall/Winter classes opens August 1.)
Register now!


Log building

This cluster of historic log or post-and-beam structures dates back to the 1800s and can accomodate a wide variety of educational groups.
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Prairie Day

Prairie Day volunteers near tipi

Saturday September 22nd, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
Join us for family fun such as hikes, wagon rides, music, atlatl toss, food, talks on helping threatened grasslands, and more. $3 adult members, free member children age 15 and younger, $6 nonmembers, $2 nonmember children ages 15 and younger. 

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Featured Classes and Events

July 24, 2018
9:00 am - 11:00 am
Shaw Nature Reserve > Visitor Center
July 27, 2018
9:30 am - 11:30 am
Shaw Nature Reserve > Carriage House
July 27, 2018
5:30 am - 8:30 am
Shaw Nature Reserve > Adlyne Freund Center
July 31, 2018
9:00 am - 11:00 am
Shaw Nature Reserve > Visitor Center