Powder Valley CNC

NOTICE: the WildHeart concert scheduled for Friday evening, September 20 at Powder Valley has been cancelled due to lack of enrollment. We will be working with WildHeart musicians to try to reschedule the concert next summer. Please check our on-line events schedule for other programs.
We appreciate your support and apologize for the inconvenience.

About this Area

For more information call
(314) 301-1500
Total Acres

Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center is nestled within 112 acres of oak hickory forest in a quiet corner of 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 8:30 p.m. on a space available basis.

HOURS: Building hours: Tuesday through 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.

Things to do when you visit: 
  • Bird Watching
  • Tours
  • Trails
    • Hiking
  • Entry PointEntry Point
  • MDC OfficeMDC Office
  • Parking LotParking Lot
  • Hiking TrailHiking Trail
  • Hiking Trail (Disabled Accessible)Hiking Trail (Disabled Accessible)
  • BoundaryBoundary

Hours of Operation

Area Hours
Sunday 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Building Hours
Sunday Closed
Monday Closed
Tuesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Veterans Day
Washington's Birthday
Thanksgiving Day
Truman Day
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Memorial Day
Lincoln Day
Labor Day
Independence Day
Columbus Day
Christmas Day
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.
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