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

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


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 2020-2021

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

Registration for Spring/Summer classes opens March 1.

Daffodil Dash 5k Trail Run

Daffodil Dash

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

Shaw Plant Pick-Up

Customer with native plants

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

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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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

Featured Classes and Events

September 19, 2020 - September 18, 2022
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Shaw Nature Reserve
March 4, 2021
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Shaw Nature Reserve > Visitor Center
March 5, 2021
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Shaw Nature Reserve > Visitor Center
March 6, 2021
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Shaw Nature Reserve > Visitor Center