Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

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Area Information


Building and grounds are closed on Thanksgiving, the day after Thanksgiving, Christmas day and New Year’s Day.

Building hours

Tuesday – Saturday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Gift shop closes at 4:30 p.m.)

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.


Located in southwest St. Louis County, near Interstates 270 and 44.


  • Closed to pets, collecting of any kind, fishing, hunting, trapping and alcoholic beverages.
  • Bicycling, jogging, in-line skating, skiing and motorized vehicles are not permitted on trails.

Fun to see, do, and learn


  • Follow naturalist-led programs. Check the Conservation Connections Newsletter under Related Information below for details.

Bird watching and nature-viewing

  • Borrow binoculars to view birds from the wildlife-viewing window.


  • Enjoy three trails, one of which has interpretive signs and is disabled-accessible.

Exhibits and displays

  • Visit the wildlife-viewing blind, beehive, wildlife feed/viewing area, 3,000-gallon aquarium, tree house, Missouri Monarch deer mount, and venomous snakes and bears in Missouri exhibits.

Gift shop

  • Buy Department-produced publications and educational gift items, as well as permits.
Powder Valley CNC Building Map

This single-page map helps you plan visits and field trips.

Powder Valley Nature Center Events
Wonderful Woodpeckers (Reserve by April 22)Tue, 04/22
Edgar Denison Gallery Talk (Reserve by April 22)Tue, 04/22
Edgar Denison Gallery Talk (Reserve by April 22)Tue, 04/22
Understanding Missouri Streams (Reserve by April 29)Tue, 04/29
Happy Birthday, Peanut! (Reserve by May 3)Sat, 05/03

View all Powder Valley Nature Center events