The Shaw Nature Reserve

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

Hours & Admission

Open 7 days a week

September 1–30:
8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

October 1–March 31: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

April 1–August 31:
8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Bascom House:
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

$5 general admission
$3 seniors 65 & over
Free children 12 & under
Free for Missouri Botanical Garden members.
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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.

What's In Bloom

Water lily

Every Friday we take pictures of what's in bloom and post them on our Facebook page. We feature a variety of plants and places in the Whitmire Wildflower Garden.
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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

Members Mornings

Group tour

Missouri Botanical Garden members may register for Early Morning Access (6–8 a.m.) to Shaw Nature Reserve.
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Chamber Music Series

Bascom House

October 6
Celebrate the beauty of music and nature with a new series of intimate concerts in the historic Bascom House.
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Annual Art Show

art at snr 2019

Saturday, November 2 &
Sunday, November 3
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Boutique show of St. Louis area artists at the Shaw Nature Reserve's Dana Brown Overnight Center.
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Saturday Happenings

Sights & Sounds Trail Series

Guided hikes and lunch-and-learns on Saturdays. No registration required. Free with admission.
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Bee buzzing over flowers

September 20 & 21
The Academy of Science – St. Louis BioBlitz is an exploration and inventory of biodiversity. At the end of the day, participants will have a new appreciation of the Reserve and their own backyard!
Learn more and register
School registration

Class Registration

Learn and Discover - Fall/Winter 2019-2020

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

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 14, 2019 - September 21, 2019
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
September 18, 2019
10:00 am - 11:30 am
Shaw Nature Reserve > Visitor Center
September 19, 2019
10:00 am - 11:30 am
Shaw Nature Reserve > Carriage House
September 20, 2019
3:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Shaw Nature Reserve > Glassberg Family Pavilions