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Dana Brown Overnight Education Center facility rental

The Dana Brown Overnight Education Center is a cluster of historic buildings located on the eastern edge of the Shaw Nature Reserve in Gray Summit, Missouri. This residential center provides an ideal setting for visitors seeking to strengthen their connection with the natural world. The Center is within walking distance of prairie, woodland, wetland and the Meramec River.

Dana Brown Overnight Education Center


Naturalist-guided Group Tours

Bus Tour

For a group arriving on its own bus, our naturalist/guide can step aboard to describe the Nature Reserve's history, what's in bloom, the Pinetum conifer collection, the tallgrass prairie, wildlife and wetlands. It is important that the bus has a microphone.  

Group Tours


All Photography

Review all information before coming to photograph at Shaw Nature Reserve. 

Policies and Guidelines for Photography at Shaw Nature Reserve
Wedding Photography Permit

For more information, please call (314) 577-9555.


Shaw Nature Reserve offers venues for small wedding ceremonies, up to 100 people. Weddings are scheduled on Saturday and Sunday, only, April through October. For more information, please contact Jon Serfas at (314) 577-9541 or email at

If we are already booked and you are looking for a natural location like Shaw Nature Reserve we suggest:

Missouri State Parks 


We always encourage walkers to bring plenty of water and whatever snacks they enjoy when hiking. We also welcome picnicking for those who want more than a snack.

We ask that you picnic at the specified picnic areas. Near the Visitor Center are a number of picnic tables. This area is conveniently located near the Nature Explore Classroom (NEC). If you have children between the ages of 3 and 10, be sure to check out this creative, "natural" play area.

At the new Glassberg Family Pavilions (behind the Bascom House), there are many tables and the setting is beautiful as it is surrounded by the prairie near the Whitmire Wildflower Garden.

A third picnic area is at the Maritz Trail House. Monday through Thursday, April through November, there is vehicle access to the Trail House, making it easy to use a cooler and have a more elaborate picnic. On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, walkers must pack in their food to the Trail House. It is about ¾ mile from the Bascom House/Whitmire Wildflower Garden to the Trail House.

There is no grilling or cooking over fire at SNR.