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

Advance e-ticket purchase or reservations recommended. 

Free for children ages 12 and under




Ages 13 and up


Festival+ Members

Festival and Garden Giving Society Members



Individual, Garden, and Friends and Family Members

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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.–8 p.m. Last entry at 7:30 p.m.

  • Advance dated e-tickets for entry are recommended for all Nature Reserve admissions (including free e-tickets for Members).
  • Hours may be modified, limited in capacity, and subject to availability or closure.
  • Check or social media for any weather closures. If the Nature Reserve closes due to weather, guests with tickets for that date may use their tickets for admission on another valid date.
  • Service dogs only. We love our pets, but they are not allowed at the Nature Reserve.
  • No smoking, including electronic cigarettes.
  • Leave what you find. No collecting of any kind.
  • Bicycles are permitted on roads only. 
  • No weapons, fires, alcoholic beverages, hunting, fishing, grilling, or swimming. 

Visitor Guidelines  

Narrated wagon tours are available in the spring (April-May) and fall (September-October) at Shaw Nature Reserve on Tuesdays and Wednesdays starting at 11 a.m. Wagon tours are $5 per person, free for members at the Friends and Family level and above or with a Bonus Bloom pass. Guests can reserve wagon passes at the Visitor Center. Tours last 30 to 45 minutes and follow the Nature Reserve's Loop Roads. Private wagon tours are also available, please call for more information (314)577-9555.

NEW! Narrated Wagon Tours

Know before you go

The Nature Reserve is a tobacco-free environment. Pets, weapons, collecting natural materials, and swimming are not permitted. Services dogs are welcome. Visitors must adhere to posted guidelines and closing time. Thank you, in advance, for your cooperation.

Advance e-ticket purchase or reservations recommended. 

In order to expedite admissions and guarantee entry, please reserve e-tickets before checking in at the Visitor Center. Scroll down to buy e-tickets below or call (314) 577-9555 during business hours.

E-tickets recommended.

To enter the Nature Reserve, e-tickets or membership must be shown at Visitor Center or non-members must pay admission. 

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Around the Nature Reserve

Learn about current trail conditions and access information at the Visitor Center.

  • Bascom House
  • Picnic areas at the Visitor Center

Closed for your safety.

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.

Location and Parking

307 Pinetum Loop Rd. 

Gray Summit, MO 63039


There is no charge for parking at Shaw Nature Reserve.


(314) 577-9555