Shaw Nature Reserve

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

Hours & Admission

2022 Hours:
Open 7 days a week 

8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Last entry into Shaw Nature Reserve is 30 minutes prior to posted closing time.

Fourth of July Hours:
8 a.m. to noon

Thanksgiving Day Hours:
8 a.m. to noon

Christmas Eve Hours:
8 a.m. to noon

Closed Christmas Day

The Bascom House is currently closed to the public.

$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.


Youth Ecology Club

H2O participants gathering maple sap for syrup

Applications now accepted for Habitat Helpers. Fourth- and fifth-graders meet once a month, help at events and build knowledge of the natural world while exploring. Contact to register.
Learn more


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

Registration for Fall-Winter classes is now open! Check out our weekday, evening and weekend classes.
Register for Spring–Summer Classes
Register for Fall–Winter Classes


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

Fall Wildflower Market

Vendors and buyers at the fall wildflower sale

Friday, September 9
3 to 7 p.m.

Shop for locally-produced native plants, food and crafts.
Shop and learn more here
Plant excel list 
Plant PDF list 

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

Members Mornings

Group tour

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

Register here

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.
Learn more 

Featured Classes and Events

September 19, 2020 - September 18, 2025
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Shaw Nature Reserve
August 18, 2022
9:00 am - 11:00 am
Shaw Nature Reserve > Trail House
August 18, 2022
8:30 am - 10:30 am
Shaw Nature Reserve
August 20, 2022
8:30 am - 10:30 am
Shaw Nature Reserve