This Month at Shaw Nature Reserve

Made in the glades

Trail Highlights
Glade Overlook
When warmer days arrive the glades at Shaw Nature Reserve come alive. As May progresses you can view a plethora of color in the glades below the Trail House and Glade Overlook, such as yellow of Missouri evening primrose and prairie coreopsis, pinky purple of the glade purple coneflower, sky blue prairie larkspur, and red (occasionally yellow) Indian paintbrush. To access this area, park at the Trail House and walk down the steps to the glade boardwalk. From here you can lengthen your hike to almost half a mile by walking over to the adjacent glade overlook. You’re sure to see finches, bluebirds, warblers, and maybe even a Summer Tanager in this area. Learn more about the glade

Warbler migration is in full swing and the spring wildflowers are starting to set seed. Our restoration team begins native seed collections efforts in May and will continue all the way through November. Over the course of the growing season, we will collect hundreds of pounds of seed from over 200 native species. Collected seed will be sown across the Nature Reserve to bolster diversity in all habitat types.

School Programs
We are able to host small school groups for overnight programs! We continue to offer in-person and virtual learning options for schools.

Sights and Sounds Trail Series Hikes
Visitors of all ages can join Andy on a Sights and Sounds Trail Series Hike on select Thursdays and Saturdays and you can also watch his live virtual hikes on our Facebook page.

Explore MOre
Saturday, June 11
Join guided hikes to learn about Missouri’s native habitats and meet local wildlife, gardening, and conservation experts and enjoy outdoor activities at the Glassberg Pavilions. Hikes and activities will be led by Shaw Nature Reserve and Missouri Department of Conservation staff and volunteers. Environmental education is supported by the Missouri Department of Conservation. Included with admission. Learn more

The Visitor Center gift shop is now open, and guests are welcome to come in and browse through our selection of nature-inspired items.

The Wolf Run Trail system and Serpentine Wall area will be temporarily closed until Summer 2022 for the Wolf Run Grassland Restoration project. The resulting transformation will introduce an abundance of native flora attracting our native wildlife to be enjoyed by visitors and neighbors for years to come.

May 1st to May 31st our hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. with last entry at 7:30 p.m. Advanced e-tickets are recommended to expedite the admissions process and ensure entry, reserve or purchase tickets on our website.

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.

Thanksgiving Day Hours:
8 a.m.–noon

Christmas Eve Hours:
8 a.m.–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.