Families are busy; you can catch up with Green Spiral via the newsletter, or you can let Green Spiral Tours bring the adventure to you, with adventure maps and journey guides that allow you to explore your place on the planet at your own pace, on your own schedule, and on your own time.

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The first collection of Green Spiral adventure maps is called Urban Wild —  a collection of ten maps that take you off the beaten track and “into the wild” in ten popular parks and playgrounds in the Saint Louis area.  The maps tell you when to go, where to park, and exactly what to do when you get there. They are suitable for anyone with an adventurous and nature loving spirit, but were primarily written and field-tested for families with kids age 3 – 12.

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Here’s the Amazon Link: Urban Wild Adventure Maps of STL by Green Spiral Tours

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These are real maps drawn from real adventures tested by real Green Spiral families in rain, sleet, heat and snow.  Parks include: an exploration of Citygarden, a nature hunt in Tower Grove Park, a “Crawdaddy Walk” in Forest Park, sinkhole jumping in Blackburn Park, seasonal explorations in Shaw Park, a winter hike in Memorial Park, and looking for a secret spring in Deer Creek Park.

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Nature guide Angela Wildermuth is the curator of the Urban Wild collection; she takes us off the beaten track and into the wild. Jessie Hoagland is the map-maker and publisher of the maps through Green Spiral Tours.

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Below are samples of the maps.  Please note that the “Urban Wild” maps are drawn in black and white with the idea that YOU will color them in, as you complete each adventure. Be sure to add drawings of your own magic and misadventures, along with any wildlife or plant life you might encounter along the way. The maps thus ultimately serve as a  memento book, as you explore your way around the many natural wonders of Saint Louis.

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Feel free to download any of these maps from the Green Spiral Facebook Page as well.  Each map has a companion “Journey Guide” that gives you context and the bigger picture, along with juicy bits about lovable things to look for.  These are not “way-finding maps”, rather, they are “culture finding” maps, designed to launch you out onto your own wonderful adventures.

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Here are samplings of maps in the Urban Wild series, in both black and white, and in color:

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Again, here’s the link for the Urban Wild Adventure Maps, available through Amazon.com: Urban Wild Adventure Maps of STL by Green Spiral Tours

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The next Green Spiral series will be a collection of Book Lover Adventure Maps, created in collaboration with the Saint Louis Literary Consortium.  Saint Louis is a surprisingly literate city, and is full of spectacular libraries worth exploring.

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This collection includes a map of the Central Library located downtown, a Children’s Storytime map, a map of the Classic writers from Saint Louis, famous Saint Louis quotes for your schoolroom bulletin board, and several walking tours.  Watch for these maps to be available through Amazon soon; OR,  watch the Green Spiral Facebook Page for maps to download. The Central Library, for example, is an award winning building, located downtown, that is particularly stunning and worth visiting.

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The Children’s “Storytime” map includes local authors, local bookstores, and local literacy initiatives in Saint Louis.

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Below is a matching game of 21 quotes by 14 famous Saint Louis writers.  This, as well as any map, is available as original art for your nonprofit or charity fundraiser.  The map sizes are roughly 9×12, and spray mounted on foam core, with a metal frame.

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Questions?  Comments?  We’re cranking out adventure maps everyday.  Send a note to Jessie at Green Spiral Tours at GreenSpiralTours@gmail.com

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