Visitor Center

Shaw Nature Reserve entrance gate
307 Pinetum Loop Rd.
Gray Summit, MO 63039
(314) 577-9555


January 1–March 7   8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
March 8–31   8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
April 1–August 31   8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
September 1–30   8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
October 1–31   8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
November 1–December 31   8 a.m. to 5 p.m.



  • Last entry into Shaw Nature Reserve is 1 hour prior to posted closing time.
  • Thanksgiving we close at noon.
  • Christmas Eve we close at noon.
  • Christmas Day we are closed all day.

Everyone is invited to visit Shaw Nature Reserve!

Visitors may come as individuals, families, with friends or as part of group tour. Registering for an advanced e-ticket is recommended before your visit as some time slots frequently sellout, particularly weekend mornings. Children 12 and younger and Missouri Botanical Garden members are free. Adult tickets cost $5. To purchase e-tickets and learn more about current policies at Shaw Nature Reserve visit

Shaw Nature Reserve is open year-round, 7-days a week, but is closed on some major holidays.

The last entry into Shaw Nature Reserve is 1-hour prior to the posted closing time. 

While Shaw Nature Reserve is best seen by foot, there are opportunities for everyone, from the energetic hiker to someone who requires a wheelchair. Learn more about hikes and trails at Shaw Nature Reserve.

The one-mile Pinetum Loop Road is open to cars daily, circling Pinetum Lake and providing easy access to the Whitmire Wildflower Garden and the Bascom House. The three-mile Trail House Loop Road is open to cars daily (unless weather makes it unsafe) and provides easy access to the Trail House, the trails leads to the Meramec River, and our wetland.

The Visitor Center is open during the regular operating hours listed above. No pets or smoking are allowed on the grounds. For more information on organized tour and education programs, contact the Visitor Center at (314) 577-9555 or by email with all inquiries.

Gift Shop and Book Store


Find the perfect gift for the nature lovers in your life. Our book store has a wide selection for every interest and all ages. Hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Gift Shop and Book Store

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Members receive a 10 percent discount on books and other merchandise at the visitor center as well as free admission every day and other great benefits.

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