The Shaw Nature Reserve

307 Pinetum Loop Rd,
Gray Summit, MO 63039
(636)451-3512

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.

Closures:
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.

Admission:
$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.

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

 

Tickets

Bascom House

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

Virtual Happenings

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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

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

Owl

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

Members Online pre-order opens April 14
Pre-orders only. Online orders open April 14 at 9 a.m. for the Members only preview sale for Shaw Nature Reserve inventory. General public sale for Shaw Nature Reserve inventory opens April 15. 

Order plants from Shaw Wildflower Market vendors and pick-up on Saturday, May 8 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Learn more and order from all vendors

Our Mission

Prairie

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

Investigate Nature Backpacks

backpack

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

Featured Classes and Events

September 19, 2020 - September 18, 2022
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Shaw Nature Reserve
May 16, 2021
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Shaw Nature Reserve > Adlyne Freund Center
May 18, 2021
9:30 am - 11:00 am
Shaw Nature Reserve > Visitor Center
May 19, 2021
10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Shaw Nature Reserve > Visitor Center