In the northeast corner of Springfield, this edu-
cational park features a water quality learning
center, a 17-acre lake, 2.5-mile nature trail for
walking, wetlands, a spring-fed stream, caves,
sinkholes, glades, forest and a connection to the
newly developing South Dry Sac Greenway
Trail. This park is a must-see for anyone inter-
ested in the natural Ozarks outdoors.
The Watershed Center is being built for hands-
on learning about our valuable local water
sources.The goal of the center is to educate the
public about how important it is to protect one
of our most valuable resources: our water.
Every drop of rain that falls is precious--a
resource to be safeguarded, not wasted.
The center will feature demonstrations in green
building, green roofs, on-site rain garden (where
lots of butterflies and dragonflies hang out),
lakeside learning stations and much more for all
ages. Bring your fishing pole too you might get
Valley Water Mill Park
2450 E. Valley Water
of the Ozarks
320 N. Main
Springfield, MO 65806
Trail maps available
Check their website for activities and learn more
about how to keep our Ozarks water clean and
1. As an individual or family, what are you doing
to protect our waters?
2. Why do we want to plant native flowers,
shrubs, and grass in our area?
3. What does pervious pavement allow to
happen and where is there an example of
pervious pavement at Valley Water Mill?
4. Before the Civil War Valley Water Mill was
the site for a grist mill. Do you know what a grist
mill is and how it would have functioned?
Hint: grist mills require large amounts of
From Hwy 65 and I-44, go
north on Hwy 65 to Farm
Rd 102 exit. Then go west
on Farm Road 102 to
Valley Water Mill.
From Glenstone and I-44,
go north on Glenstone to
Valley Water Mill Rd. East
to Farm Road 171, north
to Valley Water Mill Rd
and east to entrance.