11715 Cragwold Rd.
Kirkwood, MO 63122
Amenities: indoor nature center, outdoor trails
Powder Valley Nature Center is a hidden away nature oasis, tucked right near the intersection of Hwy 270 and hwy 44. It's run by the Missouri Department of Conservation and free to visit.
Inside the nature center you'll find a hands-on children's room with a puppet area and leaf rubbing art table. There are several live animals on display throughout the center and a large window to bird watch from (check out binoculars from the info desk). Downstairs there are numerous nature interpretative displays, and a large aquarium and bee hive. My 3 year old was afraid of the large fake butterfly and worm display. The treehouse display has a fake snake inside a window in the floor of it. When you step into the treehouse a light goes on in the snake window - this freaked out my daughter and she remembered it and a few weeks later when we went to the Children's Garden at the Botanical Gardens she asked before stepping into the treehouse there if there was going to be a snake in the floor. There are trails around the property outdoors but we didn't go on any because it was such a hot day when we visited.
|Frog sculpture outside the nature center|
|Nature Center from the outside|
|aquatic turtle in aquarium|
|Puppet Show Wall|
|Leaf Rubbing Art Table|
|View from bird watching window|
|Treehouse (with the fake snake in the floor)|
|Trail bridge over the entry road|