A great indoor place for enjoying the outdoors (Mar. 6 or anytime)

February 28, 2009

We happily set out for Rockwood Reservation this morning to learn about maple syrup … and about five miles down the road I realized I’d left the directions at home.  Not only did our worthless navigation system not have it on the map (no surprise there!), neither did our Missouri atlas (big surprise, uh-oh).  So instead of driving blindly down I-44, we stopped in at the nearest park whose address we did know, which happened to be the Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center in Kirkwood.  Our little stop for directions lasted about an hour!

Although the exhibits are not whiz-bang-whirly, they’re put together with such thoughtfulness that they appeal to kids on a different sensory level.  Specifically, you can feel the difference between a beaver and skunk pelt, or smell the difference between a flower and a stinkbug. The interpretive center is roomy and relaxing — great for a winter’s day — and all its exhibits are free.  Best of all, it’s open early (from 8 a.m.), a bonus for tots who’re up and in need of diversion at the crack of dawn!

As it happens, there are a couple of events coming up at Powder Valley, also free:  a performance of environmentally friendly music by Carter and Connelley on Friday, March 6, at 7 p.m. (call 314.301.1500 to reserve a seat), and a Bird Bash with live raptors, games and crafts on March 27 from 6 to 9 p.m. (no reservations are necessary).

We did finally make it out to Rockwood Reservation and had a very interesting time there — both boys were really into the whole sap collection thing, and we had to check out LOTS of pails on LOTS of trees.  S. was also really into the samples of maple sugar!  Luckily it was too cold for him to want to linger longer.


One Response to “A great indoor place for enjoying the outdoors (Mar. 6 or anytime)”

  1. Charles J Taft Says:

    Is this what is called “serendipity”? In any case, sounds like it was a lot of fun! Those kind of places are wonderful for spoiling children, right?

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