Take a Break at Powder Valley

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Published on: Oct. 2, 2007

Last revision: Dec. 3, 2010

Ridge Trail is two-thirds mile long. It crisscrosses a creek lined with oak, hickory and maple trees and traverses some of the area’s steepest hills.

Hickory Ridge Trail is 1.2 miles long, but it has a half-mile loop if you don’t have time to hike the whole trail. The trail runs through cool forested valleys, over hilltops, across seasonal creeks and along a small pond with a boardwalk.

Natural Busyness

The 13 full-time and five to six part-time staff members at Powder Valley Nature Center are assisted by more than 70 volunteers. They greet visitors, answer questions, make referrals, answer phones, assist with the gift shop, help care for our display animals, work on special projects and conduct or assist with programs. Volunteers are the lifeblood of Powder Valley CNC. It would be impossible to take care of everything without them.

Our business office responds to requests and inquiries from walk-in and phone traffic seven days a week. A clerical team answers around 2,000 phone calls each month. They talk to people about anything from dealing with young animals to interpreting hunting and fishing regulations. The staff includes representatives from the Outreach & Education, Wildlife, Private Land Services, Forestry and Protection divisions of the Conservation Department.

The staff keeps the gift shop running and assists visitors at the front desk. They send out mountains of information, including maps of conservation areas, hunting and fishing regulations and brochures. A maintenance team spends their days keeping the inside and the outside clean and orderly for your visit.

The staff and volunteers at Powder Valley work hard to make your visit to the nature center pleasant, helpful and educational. A naturalist team provides programs for schools, groups and the general public on a wide variety of conservation topics. They take care of the exhibit animals and provide special events to ensure you have new and different opportunities when you visit.

Take advantage of our efforts. Put away the lawn mower, put down your rake and forget about housework for a day. Pry the remote from those little hands and bring the children to the nature center to wander among the exhibits, hike the trails, watch some wildlife, plan your wildflower garden and enjoy time together as a family. We’ll be here to greet you.

Facility Information

Building Hours: Daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Area Hours: Daily 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. during daylight saving time, and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. the rest of the year. Closed New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

For more info: (314) 301-1500 or explore the links listed below.

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