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Outdoor Skills

Get all wrapped up in this fun program at Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center! We will be hands-on learning how to tie several different camping knots and then put your new skills to the test. From the clove hitch to the bowline, there are some vital knots to know before you venture out to enjoy Missouri’s outdoors!

Fishing Skills

This program is a great opportunity to spend quality time outdoors and will introduce winter fishing with an emphasis on the St. Louis Urban Fishing Program. Various angling methods will be presented and practiced including the use of rod and reel, fly casting, artificial lures, and soft baits. Regulations for trout-stocked urban fishing lakes will also be covered. We will supply fishing equipment or feel free to bring your own.

Participants who are older than 15 and younger than 65 need to have a current, valid, fishing permit.


Work off the turkey and stuffing by hiking the Lime Kiln trail. We will explore the trail and view surrounding landscape normally not seen when trees are leafed out. Dress for the weather. Meet at the Lime Kiln Trailhead. Please register each participant individually. Minimum of five participants.

Nature Art

Learn how using a nature journal can stimulate curiosity, focus your observations and increase your engagement with the natural world. We will discuss the different types of nature journals and specific ways to use them for science exploration. Examples of journals that you can make with common household supplies will be on display. Each participant will receive a simple journal to take home.

Please register each participant individually.

The program will be held in the classroom at the Education Center.

Nature Art

Happy Winter Scoliotic, the day with the shortest amount of sunlight. Using light from the sun we will create silhouetted images in beautiful shades of blue. Class participants will learn how to alter fabric, and clothing into unique prints using just the sun to develop the images. Participants will use found natural objects to make one-of-a-kind designs.

Please register all attending so an appropriate amount of supplies can be provided.

Conservation Families

Winter is coming but how do the animals survive the cold? Missouri is home to amazing wildlife who all have different adaptations to help them when the seasons change. We will discuss deer, bears and eagles just to name a few. You can even build a bird feeder to help wildlife at your home survive winter.

Drop by the Rockwoods Reservation Visitor and Education Center anytime during the 4-hour period. No reservations required.

Discover Nature

Need a last-minute gift from the heart with a natural touch? Bring the family out for some holiday fun. There will be nature inspired crafts for all ages to make and take home. Program will be indoors in the Stupp Center in Tower Grove Park.

Conservation Families


Cast iron cooking can enhance any experience in nature. There are certainly tasty benefits to practicing this valuable outdoor skill. Discover the basics of Dutch oven cooking including how to prepare food, temperature control, cleaning and more. We will provide all the fixings and coffee too. Please meet at the Columbia Bottom CA Visitor Center. (Reservations: November 13 through November 27)

Discover Nature

Watch the sunset over the fields and prairies at Columbia Bottom and end the year with a quiet stroll in the crisp, clean air along the wooded path to the Confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers. We'll spend a few minutes at the confluence before heading back. Dress warmly for the weather with boots or shoes that can get muddy.

Meet at lot “L”, about 4 miles from the front entrance gate. Allow 15 minutes to drive from the front gate to lot “L”.

Sunset 4:49 pm


Who’s hooting? Take an evening stroll through sunset as we explore Tower Grove and its nocturnal wildlife. We’ll be searching primarily for owls but will also be on the lookout for a variety of other critters. Families, birders, and nature lovers alike are welcome. Dress for weather and bring a flashlight. Meet the naturalist at the West End Picnic Site.