Shaw Nature Reserve, Gray Summit

#26 of 62 in Wildlife in Missouri
The Missouri Botanical Garden’s land purchase in 1925 began the legacy of Shaw Nature Reserve. Originally set up as a safe refuge for the plant collection from the smoke pollution of the 1920’s, its role in the community has evolved through the years. Shaw Nature Reserve has many roles—as a nature reserve, a place to walk and hike, and a good spot for relaxing and for studying nature.
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  • As a member of the Missouri Botanical Garden, the Nature Reserve has a member preview day for their annual sale of native plants and wild flowers. We attended for the first time and were amazed. It wa...  more »
  • We really enjoyed our visit here on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The weather was sunny and 60 degrees, their were not too many people here, and the scenery was beautiful. During our 4 hour visit w...  more »
  • So much to say. So much to experience, really. Everything you would want and expect in a nature reserve and Park. Feels like it's your own home. Like your own Plantation. All for like $3 per visit LOL Never many people here yet very well taken care of. Be sure to go on the weekdays when they let you drive your car back on the trails. Oh and that pond near the entrance. There's a romantic spot with tall trees, just near the bridge to cross the pond. You can't miss it. You'll see it ;) Sit there and Ponder what a blessed life you've had. Sit there and paint something on your easel... any hour if the day.
  • I recently moved to Missouri, and I went here to meet a new friend. It was a beautiful day, and this place is was so much more beautiful than I thought it could be. It's an overwhelming example of everything Missouri has to offer. So much wildlife and such a wide variety of flowers, trees, and nature. I love this place for the memories I made as well. This place will shears have a place in my heart.

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