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 recommended. 
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

Class Registration

Learn and Discover - Fall/Winter 2021-2022

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

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 $20 and available to purchase at the Visitor Center, while supplies last.
Learn more

Pet Policy

Service animals

Service animals are welcome but pets are not permitted at Shaw Nature Reserve. We recommend visiting state and county parks if you want to take your pet on your hike.
St. Louis County parks pet page
Missouri State parks pet page
Service animal policy

Whitmire Wonderlights

Winter Wonderlights

December 10, 11 and 12

Enjoy a luminary-lit stroll around the Bascom House and Whitmire Wildflower Garden. Pre-registration required. Check back in 2022 if you missed it this year!
Learn more

Members Mornings

Group tour

Missouri Botanical Garden members may register for Early Morning Access (5:30–7:30 a.m.) to Shaw Nature Reserve.
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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
December 7, 2021
9:30 am - 11:00 am
Shaw Nature Reserve
December 8, 2021
10:00 am - 11:30 am
Shaw Nature Reserve
December 9, 2021
9:00 am - 11:00 am
Shaw Nature Reserve