The Shaw Nature Reserve

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

Hours & Admission

Open 7 days a week

September 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.

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.

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

May 5, June 16, 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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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

Free Admission Days

Wildflower trail

Enjoy free admission on National Trails Day on June 1 and Henry Shaw's Birthday on July 24.

Saturday Happenings

Andy Sight and Sounds Trail Series

Guided hikes and lunch-and-learns on Saturdays. No registration required. Free with admission.
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Program Registration

Learn and Discover Spring/Summer 2019 Classes

Registration for classes is now open! Check out our weekday, evening and weekend classes. Register online or over the phone by calling Rachel at (314) 577-9526.
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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

July 27, 2019 - July 28, 2019
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Shaw Nature Reserve > Dana Brown Overnight Center
August 17, 2019
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Shaw Nature Reserve > Pinetum
August 17, 2019
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Shaw Nature Reserve > Pinetum
August 23, 2019
7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Shaw Nature Reserve > Adlyne Freund Center