This Month at Shaw Nature Reserve

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Explore MOre
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

Wetland Walk
July 5

As the sun rises and daylight takes over, the wetland becomes a busy place. Join Dr. James Trager for this morning stroll as we take in the sights and sounds of this fascinating ecosystem and its prairie watershed. Learn more

Trail Highlights
Wetland Trail
June brings the start of summer and the joy of seeing the waterlilies in bloom in our two largest wetland cells. Start by parking at the wetland parking lot, which is right beside the trailhead. As you being you will be greeted by the southern blue flag irises in the first small pools followed by common blackberry bushes covered in white blooms along the trail. If you have your cell phone, download a birding app or bring your favorite bird guide book and practice birding along the trail. There are red-winged blackbirds, green heron, chickadees, wrens, cardinals, vireos, sparrows, and more. Learn more about the wetland

June begins the shift of spring into summer as each week the vegetation is a little taller and the days grow a little longer. We celebrate the summer solstice and being to watch as the days grower shorter, beginning the cycle over again. Our restoration team is busy collecting native seed from wetlands, glades, prairies and woodlands. Invasive species control efforts continue, targeting lespedeza, vetch, and stilt grass. Monitoring continues on the Nature Reserve’s endangered Indiana bats. Learn more about bats at Shaw Nature Reserve

We are able to host groups and rent facilities for summer camps, birthdays, baby showers, weddings and more! Learn more

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.

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.

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.

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.