Summer Programs at Powder Valley

Our summer programs offer close encounters with nature and fun hands-on activities

Registration Information

  • Programs begin Tuesday, June 18, 2019 – Thursday, August 1, 2019
    • Tuesdays at Powder Valley
    • Wednesday or Thursday for a site visit
  • All programs begin no earlier than 9:30 a.m., depending on location
  • Programs are 45 minutes per session. One program per age and site.
  • A minimum of 15 children and a maximum of 25 per session.
  • A max of 100 children per site.
  • Programs are FREE!
  • Registration is on a first come, first served basis.
    (Registration will be in a lottery format beginning in the summer of 2020.)

Download the registration form or call (314) 301-1500 for more information.

Site Visit: We Come to You!

Ages 3–6 years old

Be a Bird

Take a close look at a bird's wings, feet, and beak. Learn how these body parts and other adaptations are essential for a bird to survive in the wild. After a short bird discussion, we will use wings, feet, and beaks to practice bird survival techniques.

  • Setting: Indoors or Outdoors
  • Day: Wednesdays or Thursdays
Turtles for Tots

It's time for turtles! How are turtles different from other animals? Where do they live? What do they eat? This fun and interactive program will answer these questions by introducing participants to the ancient reptile that carries its home on its back.

  • Setting: Indoors or Outdoors
  • Day: Wednesdays or Thursdays

Ages 7+

Reptiles of Missouri

Lizards and turtles and snakes. Oh my! What makes an animal a reptile? Find out the answers to this question and touch live reptiles in this fun program.

  • Setting: Indoors or Outdoors
  • Day: Wednesdays or Thursdays
Wild in the City

Buildings, cars, trucks, . . . and coyotes? Which animals call the city their home? Discover how and where many of our furry, feathered, and scaly city residents live. Touch real mammal pelts.

  • Setting: Indoors or Outdoors
  • Day: Wednesdays or Thursdays

At Powder Valley: Come Visit Us!

Ages 3–6 years old

Tree-rific!

Roots, trunk, branches, and leaves, these are all the parts of a tree. From seed to sapling to a mature tree, it grows like you and me. Become a tree and learn its lifecycle through movement and exploration.

  • Setting: Outdoors
  • Day: Tuesdays
Making Sense of Nature

Let’s get outside, explore, and discover nature! Both people and animals depend on all their senses to understand their surroundings. Look, listen, touch, and smell while we explore nature in the forest.

  • Setting: Outdoors
  • Day: Tuesdays

Ages 7+

Going Buggy!

Discover how an insect lives. Explore the awesome adaptations and lifestyle of an insect. Experience the world through the eyes of an insect and join in a six-legged relay race.

  • Setting: Outdoors
  • Day: Tuesdays

Nature Games

Play a variety of nature-related games such as: Bat/Moth, Turtle Troubles, and Animal Charades. The Naturalists will determine the game or games played based on available time.

  • Setting: Outdoors
  • Day: Tuesdays

Programs for children under 3 years old may be available upon request and are limited.