Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center


Congratulations to Powder Valley’s own Diana Bray who was awarded the 2017 Clerical Employee of the Year award in December! Diana is in the Outreach and Education Division and has been employed with the Department at Powder Valley for twelve years as a Public Service Assistant. Diana has proven to be an integral part of the Department and continues to amaze and impress not only the general public, but the many volunteers and employees she regularly helps. In addition to Hunter Education responsibilities, Diana also handles nuisance wildlife calls; hunting seasons and regulations; schedules public and school meetings; tags bobcat and otters; maintains inventory in the Nature Shop; helps the Naturalists with any request they may have; and much more. Diana’s work exemplifies what it takes to be an outstanding employee of the Department. Congratulations to Diana for earning the 2017 Clerical Employee of the Year Award.

An Evening with Raptors is a free event on Friday, Jan. 26 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and is open to all ages.
The first part of the evening includes an educational presentation on raptors—or birds of prey—and the sport of falconry. The second half of the evening, visitors will get a chance to see living raptors close up as Missouri falconers bring their birds for a “meet and greet.” Visitors are encouraged to bring their cameras.
An Evening with Raptors is free but advanced registration is required. To sign up, visitors should go to https://mdc-event-web.s3licensing.com/Event/EventDetails/151789.

Driving Directions

On I-44, take the S. Lindbergh Boulevard exit south 0.50 mile, then Watson Road west, then Geyer Road north to Cragwold Road. Turn west on Cragwold and watch for signs.


This is a forested area with hiking trails. The nature center has two floors of interactive exhibits.

About This Area

Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center is nestled within 112 acres of oak hickory forest—a quiet corner in a busy urban world. Our name comes from the historical use of the general vicinity for manufacture and storage of explosive powder used in the Civil War and World War II. Leave your chaotic lifestyle behind and escape to the tranquility of nature. The area has three trails, one of which has interpretive signs and is disabled accessible. Naturalists conduct interpretive programs on numerous conservation topics for schools, homeschool families, civic groups, and the general public.

The nature center has two levels of exhibits related to backyard wildlife and conservation practices in urban areas.

Fish feeding in the large aquarium occurs at 2:00 p.m. on Saturdays.

Our gift shop sells MDC produced publications, and educational gift items, as well as licenses.
 Please:·         No pets allowed on the area.·         It is against the law to collect mushrooms from the area. Not-for-profit groups with a conservation mission statement may apply to use the nature center classrooms as meeting room space on Tuesdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on the 1st through 4th Tuesday evening each month from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on a space available basis. 

HOURS: Building and grounds are closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Building hours Tuesday—Saturday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Gift shop closes at 4:30 p.m.) Closed all state holidays. Area hours Open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. during daylight saving time, and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. the rest of the year. 

FOR MORE INFORMATION:  Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center, 11715 Cragwold Rd., Kirkwood, MO 63122-7000; Phone 314/301-1500; Fax 314/301-1501.

General Information

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  • No pets allowed on the area.
  • It is against the law to collect mushrooms from the area.

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
Bird Watching  Binoculars can be borrowed from the front desk to help you get an intimate look at Missouri’s wild creatures as they visit our feeders and marsh. Visit the Great Missouri Birding Trail (link) for lots of bird information.  
Demonstrations  Learn about native plants and gardening for wildlife by visiting our native plant garden, warm-season grass roadsides, and our woodland glade management area.  
Exhibits/Displays  Enjoy interactive indoor exhibits, visit the reading room, and view wildlife up close in the viewing area, at the beehive, live-snake exhibits, and our 3,000 gallon aquarium.   
Hiking  Walk through the forest on one of our three paved trails—for a vigorous hike or a leisurely stroll—and enjoy hilltops, forested valleys, a creek, a pond, and the wildlife that live and grow there.  

Activity backpacks can be checked out from the front desk to help your group discover nature. Most are suited to help scouts with some of their badge requirements. 

Tours  Naturalist led conservation programs (link) available.  

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
OtheraccessibleGift Shop  Open daily 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
Parking Lotaccessible   
PavilionaccessibleStaging Area  First come, first served. May be unavailable due to nature center programs. 
Privy/RestroomaccessibleStaging Area Restrooms   
Privy/RestroomaccessibleNature Center Restrooms   
Staffed Officeaccessible   
Visitor CenteraccessiblePowder Valley Conservation Nature Center   

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Stream - Intermittent  1.00 miles  
Wildlife Watering Hole Tanglevine pond 0.10 acres  
Wildlife Watering Hole Hickory Ridge Pond 0.10 acres Fishless, has boardwalk  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Glade 2.00  
Forest and Woodland 100.00  
Total Area Acres:112.25 

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Designated Trails
Trail Name Trail Type Length
Tanglevine Trail (Easy)accessibleDisabled-Accessible Trail 0.30 
Hickory Ridge Trail (Moderate) Hiking (Non-Interpretive) 1.20 
Broken Ridge Trail (Moderate) Hiking (Non-Interpretive) 0.70 

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Shooting Range General Information

This area has no shooting ranges.

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