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Shaw Nature Reserve

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Boardwalk at Shaw Nature Reserve
Credit: © Bethany Ottens / Missouri Botanical Garden
Winter at Shaw Nature Reserve
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Credit: ©Cassidy Moody / Missouri Botanical Garden, Cassidy Moody
Credit: © Asueleni Deloney / Missouri Botanical Garden
Shaw Nature Reserve Fall 2017
Credit: All Rights Reserved, J.J. Mueller; S.J.

Shaw Nature Reserve is located in the rolling terrain along the Meramec River just 30 minutes west of St. Louis. Established by the Missouri Botanical Garden in 1925, the Nature Reserve features extensive tracts of restored tallgrass prairie, glades, wetlands, savannas, and woodlands. It includes 17 miles of hiking trails.

The Nature Explore Classroom and Sense of Wonder Woodland encourage self-exploration for all visitors, young and old! The 5-acre Whitmire Wildflower Garden is a must-see for garden enthusiasts and those just getting started with native plant gardening.

Open year-round, 7-days a week, but is closed on some major holidays. Regular hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with extended hours throughout spring, summer, and fall. Last entry is 30-minutes before posted closing time. Visit our website for more information.

I-44, exit 253. Admission: $5; ages 65+ and students, $3; younger than 13 and members, free. There is a special admission charge for some events.

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307 Pinetum Loop Road
Gray Summit, MO 63039

Additional Information

Travelers With Disabilities Information
Partially Wheelchair Accessible
Smoking Policy
No Smoking
Activities On-site
Biking / Walking Trails
Activities Within 10 Miles
Biking / Walking Trails
Cost Of Admission
Charges Admission
Discounts Offered
Group Discount
Senior Citizen Discount
General Interest Info
Open Year-round
Group Policy
Advance Contact Required
Guest Reservations Needed?
Reservations Recommended
Pet Policy
Pets Are Not Allowed
Suitable For These Age Groups
Family Friendly
Types Of Payment Accepted
American Express Card
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