Shaw Nature Reserve

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Twenty-four hundred acres of natural Ozark landscape with 1.5 miles of Meramec River frontage and a diversity of native plant and animal habitats. Ponds, prairies, woodlands, wild flowers and hiking trails. Adults, $5; seniors 65-plus, $3; children 12 and under, free.

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Fun for learning plants, exploring habitats, and taking pictured
Reviewed By kc_stlouis September 2020

I love the plant labels in specific areas and all the different habitats to explore. There are glades, ponds, prairies, wildflower areas, overlooks, and more. Really fun for pictures. We didn’t...

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Worth the drivei
Reviewed By cherylbl November 2019

An interesting nature reserve. Be sure to spend time touring the bascom house with a docent. Fascinating history. Lots of conservation materials available throughout.

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Nature is glorious
Reviewed By Kathy D October 2019

I have been a member of the Missouri Botanical Garden for 30 years. Yet somehow, I never came here before today, ... and that was on a whim as I drove along the interstate highway. I wasn't dressed...

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