The Shaw Nature Reserve

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

Hours & Admission

2021 Hours:
Open 7 days a week 

January 1–March 13:
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

March 14–31:
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

Due to limited parking, advance e-tickets are currently required. 
Get tickets and learn more 

Virtual Happenings


From virtual Native Plant School webinars, to virtual guided hikes, and virtual field trips we have options for everyone to enjoy Shaw Nature Reserve remotely.
Native Plant School webinars
Virtual hikes
Virtual field trips

Members Mornings

Group tour

Missouri Botanical Garden members may register for Early Morning Access (5:30–7:30 a.m.) to Shaw Nature Reserve.
Learn more

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

Class Registration

Learn and Discover - Spring/Summer 2021

Registration for Spring/Summer 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

Shaw Plant Pickup

Customer with native plants

Online pre-order opens April 14
Pre-orders only. Order plants from Shaw Wildflower Market vendors and pick-up on Saturday, May 8 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Learn more

Daffodil Days and Photo Contest


April 1–30
Join us for new adult and kid activities, walking tour, prizes and more.
Learn more

Be sure to enter the ShareNature! Photo Contest!

SOLD OUT Daffodil Dash 5k Trail Run

Daffodil Dash

April 1–30
8:30 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
The 8th annual Daffodil Dash 5k Trail Run is sold out. Join us next year! Enjoy running or walking beside thousands of daffodils.
Learn more

City Nature Challenge


April 30–May 9
Join us to identify as many plant and animals species during the 2021 City Nature Challenge – St. Louis Region.
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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.
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Featured Classes and Events

September 19, 2020 - September 18, 2022
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Shaw Nature Reserve
April 1, 2021 - April 30, 2021
8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Shaw Nature Reserve
April 1, 2021 - April 30, 2021
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Shaw Nature Reserve > Pinetum
April 1, 2021 - April 30, 2021
8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Shaw Nature Reserve