The Watershed Center

The Watershed Center is located at Valley Water Mill Park

Watershed Center

Every drop of rain that falls is precious-a resource to be safeguarded. That is the philosophy of the Watershed Center, where are a myriad of opportunities to see, feel and touch water protection demonstrations, discuss aspects of sustainable design and living, work with other people who care about water, examine working examples of water conservation and green building features, and learn how every person can take responsibility as a curator of our precious water supply. In short, we want to connect people to their watersheds.

The Watershed Committee of the Ozarks created the Watershed Center at Valley Water Mill Park. This 100-acre parcel is of great geologic and historic interest. It contains a prominent fault zone where streams sink into underground channels. It was the site of a grist mill before the Civil War. And it contains a wide variety of natural and man-made features, including a seventeen-acre lake, wetlands, spring-fed stream, caves, sinkholes, glades and forests.

To take advantage of these natural features, a 2 1/2 mile walking trail loops around the entire site, connecting the five major outdoor classrooms or “learning stations,” at the spring, wetland, lake, forest and stream. These offer excellent opportunities to get kids and adults outside for some exciting, hands-on learning about our precious water resources.

Watershed Center Highlights


  • Five Outdoor Classrooms Structures
  • Great Field Trip Site for Schools
  • Hands-On Educational Opportunities


  • LEED Certified, Energy and Water Conserving Building
  • Water Quality Demonstrations Including Pervious Pavement, Vegetated “Green” Roof, Rain Gardens, Wetland Filters
  • Rainwater Harvesting System Conserves Water
  • Energy Conservation with Daylighting, Passive Solar and Geothermal


  • 2.5 Mile Walking/Nature Trail
  • Fishing in 17-Acre Lake
  • Nature and Bird Viewing
  • 100-Acre Historic Site


Watershed Center

Trails Map