|Watershed Center at Valley Water Mill Park|
|Rain Chains Gently Direct Water|
|Director Mike Kromrey Chats with|
Visitor Judy Cousins
|Tank Saves Rainwater for|
Toilets and Garden Watering
The two and a half miles of walking trails circling the lake offer photo opportunities along with ecology lessons. Signage at learning stations includes tips like managing your rain garden so it won't become a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Buffalo grass and other native plants provide examples of landscaping that can be somewhat drought tolerant.
|Executive Director Mike Kromrey, Watershed Center|
As my husband and children discovered the day we visited, you can cross bridges, get up close with frogs and play in the forest. The Watershed Center has a detailed Interpreter's Guide online and hosts groups of schoolchildren for structured lessons. Families with children are welcome for less formal, teachable moments, as well. "For kids, I think the very best thing is just establishing a connection with nature," shares Kromrey, who's also a parent, 'The real seed that you're planting is the connection with nature that will grow within them." One measure of the Center's success would be an abundance of clean drinking water available for yet another generation of children in the Ozarks.