Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

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

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.

Powder Valley has 112 acres of oak hickory forest. The 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.

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.

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. 

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

Fish in the large aquarium are fed at 2:00p.m. on Saturdays.

The gift shop sells MDC produced publications, and educational gift items, as well as licenses. The business office and gift shop are open Tuesday through Saturday except Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Day, and state holidays.  Gift shop closes at 4:30 pm.

General Information

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Owned by MDC

  • 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 for viewing birds from the wildlife viewing window in the nature center. Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List.  
Demonstrations  Native Plant Garden, Native Grass Roadsides, Woodland Glade Management Area  
Exhibits/Displays  Two levels hands on; Wildlife Viewing Blind, Beehive, Wildlife Feeding/Viewing area, 3000 gallon aquarium, tree house, Missouri Monarch deer, venomous snake and Bears in Missouri exhibits.  
Hiking  Three trails, one is disabled accessible. 
Other  Conservation Backpacks - topics covered include Birds, Trees, along with various Try-its and Badges for Brownies and Webelo Scouts. Backpacks can be checked out at the front desk for two hours on a first-come, first-served basis.  
Tours  Naturalist led programs 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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