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Botanical Garden

St. Louis, MO

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Shaw Nature

Gray Summit, MO

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Escape to nature at one of our three sites

Updated Hours

Daily | 8 a.m.–6 p.m.

  • Advanced timed and dated e-tickets for entry are required for all Nature Reserve admissions (including free e-tickets for Members).
  • Last entry at 5 p.m. 
  • No on-site e-ticket purchases
  • No early morning walking hours
  • Hours may be modified, limited in capacity, and subject to availability or closure.
  • Please arrive within the two-hour time period on your e-ticket. (For example, when registering for an 8:00 a.m. ticket you can enter anytime from 8 to 10 a.m.)

E-tickets must be purchased or reserved in advance.

All transactions must be credit/debit only. Scroll down to buy e-tickets below.  No on-site e-ticket purchases. (314) 577-9555 during business hours.

E-tickets must be purchased or reserved in advance online or by phone.

E-tickets are available up to one week in advance for purchase.  Access to the Nature Reserve will be limited by timed e-tickets. Please arrive within the two-hour time period on your e-ticket; late entry cannot be guaranteed.  Guests are encouraged to try and limit visits to 3 hours when possible to help us adhere to our social distancing plan.

E-tickets are timed and dated.

Please print or screenshot each e-ticket on your mobile phone. 

E-tickets must be shown at the at the Visitor Center ticket window to enter. 

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Face coverings are strongly encouraged for everyone age 9 or older per the CDC guidelines. Face coverings are particularly encouraged in entry, restroom, and parking areas.

Face coverings are strongly encouraged

Total group size may not exceed 10 people.

Know before you go

General Admission

Adult | $5

Child | Free

Ages 12 & under

Ages 13 & up

Your membership level determines the number of free adult e-tickets you may reserve per visit.

Individual, Garden, and Friends and Family Members

Child | Free

Ages 12 & under

Adult | Free

Ages 13 & up

Your membership level determines the number of free adult e-tickets you may reserve per visit.

Festival and Garden Giving Society Members

Child | Free

Ages 12 & under

Adult | Free

Ages 13 & up

We are currently not accepting any physical paper coupons or passes for the safety of our staff. 

 Coupons with discount codes can be used in our online shopping cart. 

Picnic tables have been removed for your safety at the Glassberg Pavilions, Maritz Trail House, and Visitor Center. Please bring your own blanket or chairs if you wish to picnic and take all trash with you.  

No Picnic Tables

Around the Nature Reserve

Please bring plenty of water with you for your visit.

Water fountains will be unavailable.

Restrooms are available near the Glassberg Pavilions and at the Maritz Trail House. Restrooms will have every other toilet/lavatory closed and limited capacity to maintain social distancing. Restrooms will be monitored hourly and disinfected based on CDC guidelines. 

Limited Restrooms Available

  • Visitor Center Restrooms and Retail Area
  • Bascom House
  • Nature Explore Classroom
  • Sense of Wonder Woodland
  • Picnic areas at the Glassberg Pavilions, Maritz Trail House, and Visitor Center
  • Wetland Observation Blind and Photography Blind
  • Henry Shaw Bus Stop

Closed for your safety.

All paths and trails will be open.

Health and Safety

The health and safety of staff and visitors is the primary concern for Shaw Nature Reserve.

Under guidance from the CDC and local health departments, we are reopening while still taking into account social distancing and the following precautions below.  An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any place where people are present.

Please read through our new safety and procedure guidelines to help keep you and our staff healthy. 

Shaw Nature Reserve Map

There are 17 miles of hiking trails, and with the help of the trail map, a visitor can choose a short stroll or hikes of several miles.

Additional hand sanitizing stations will be placed throughout the Nature Reserve.

Hand sanitizing

Health and Safety

Please follow appropriate social distancing restrictions of six feet or more from anyone not in your traveling party.

Social distancing

Face coverings will be strongly encouraged for visitors everyone age 9 or older per CDC guidelines. Face coverings will be particularly encouraged in entry, restroom, and parking areas. 

All employees and volunteers will be required to wear face coverings.

Increased frequency and intensity of cleaning and disinfecting all high-touch surfaces following CDC and EPA guidelines.

Sanitizing surfaces

Trash cans will be limited to the restroom areas only. No sorting of trash. Please take all refuse out with you when you leave.

Limited trash

Visitors displaying any of the following symptoms before visiting should stay home, including coughing, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, fever, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell. Refunds and exchanges during this period will be honored without penalty.

Sick visitors

All staff working on the Nature Reserve grounds will be screened prior to each shift. Employees will be required to complete a health screening questionnaire followed by a temperature check prior to the start of each shift. Only those staff who pass both the health screening questionnaire and temperature check will be allowed to enter the Nature Reserve and report for work. 

Staff health screening

A plexiglass window has been installed at the Visitor Center. The Visitor Center restrooms and retail area will remain closed at this time. Cashless payments/No signature required for credit card transactions.  

Point-of-sale precautions

Location and Parking

307 Pinetum Loop Rd. 

Gray Summit, MO 63039


There is no charge for parking at Shaw Nature Reserve.


(314) 577-9555


Members of the Missouri Botanical Garden enjoy a host of benefits as the Garden and our family of sites reopen to the community.  

All members enjoy:  

  • Free general admission (advance timed e-tickets required; the number you may reserve is based on your membership level). 
  • Early access to the Garden and Shaw Nature Reserve during our Member Preview Days, June 9–14 (advance timed e-tickets required). 
  • Exclusive opportunity to reserve the first time slots of the day once open to the public, 9-10 a.m. at the Garden and 8-10 a.m. at Shaw Nature Reserve.  
  • Additional benefits, including access to the Butterfly House and expanded hours, are coming soon. Please stay tuned!  

For Members Only  

 Membership Extension  

Members are the heart of the Missouri Botanical Garden. As a sign of appreciation for sticking with us during these uncertain times, we have extended all active and recently lapsed memberships at the Individual through President’s Circle levels to cover the time the Garden was closed (up to three months). 

Your support means so much to us, and we want to make sure you have every chance to take advantage of all your membership benefits. You will not receive a new membership card for the extension, but your existing card and Member ID number will give you access to the advanced e-tickets you’ll need to visit.  

If you would like to waive your membership extension—which helps us direct more financial resources toward our critical operations—please email the membership team or indicate that on your renewal form.  

 Membership Renewal

If you are considering renewing your membership right now, know that your timely support will make an immediate impact on our operations and programs. The extended months of membership will be added to your new term.

I don’t know my Member ID. How can I reserve my timed e-tickets? 

Your Member ID number is located on your membership card. For members who received an extension, your ID number from your existing card will work on our e-ticketing website. If you do not have a membership card, please contact membership@mobot.org or (314) 577-5118.  

How many free member general admission e-tickets do I get?

Your member level determines how many free adult e-tickets you may reserve each visit. All memberships also include child tickets for children 12 and under, but your total group size may not exceed 10 at this time.  

Individual – 1 adult  

Garden/Garden Senior – 2 adults  

Friends and Family – 4 adults  

Festival – 6 adults  

With the extension, how do I know what my new expiration date is? 

We added three months of membership to all active terms. If your membership lapsed during our closure (March–May 2020), we reinstated your membership through August 31, 2020. If you renewed during our closure, you will receive the extension + 12 months. A few examples are below. 

 Membership FAQs

I renewed this spring. When will I receive my membership packet?

Since we were unable to mail membership packets during our closure, we are working hard to catch up. Please use your existing membership card and ID in the meantime. Thank you for your patience.  

I already renewed my membership. Why did I receive an additional renewal notice?

Sometimes our renewal mailings and your membership donation cross in the mail. If you have renewed, simply recycle any redundant renewal requests and accept our apologies.  

With no trams or Children’s Garden right now, what happens to the Bonus Blooms you sent me?

Save your Bonus Blooms—as long as your membership is current we will honor out-of-date Bonus Blooms anytime in the future.  

Can I renew my membership or become a member on site at the Garden right now?  

Yes! You can join or renew using a credit card onsite right now. But, keep in mind, you will need to have already reserved your timed and dated e-tickets to enter the Garden and complete your onsite membership transaction.   

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Original Expiration Date

Extended Expiration Date

Extended Expiration Date
if Member Renews

May 31, 2020

June 30, 2020 

August 31, 2020

September 30, 2020 

August 31, 2021

September 31, 2021