One of the most popular complaints about Green Spiral Tours is that busy families can’t fit the field trips into their crowded calendars, so Green Spiral Tours is now bringing the adventure to you, with these darling adventure maps that allow you to go at your own pace, on your own schedule, and on your own time.

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Our first collection of 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, exactly where to park, and what to look for when you get there. They are suitable for anyone with an adventurous spirit, but were 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 with real families that Green Spiral has tested in rain, sleet, heat and snow.  Parks include: “Exploration” of Citygarden, a “Nature Hunt” in Tower Grove Park, a “Crawdaddy Fishing Adventure” in Forest Park, “Sinkhole Jumping” in Blackburn Park, “Seasonal Explorations” in Shaw Park, a “Winter Hike” in Memorial Park, and 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.  These maps are currently in “Beta Phase” while we check the final details and make the final edits, so buy them now before the price goes up, once they are officially released.

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Below are samples of the maps.  Please note that these maps are drawn in black and white with the idea that YOU will color them in, as you complete each adventure. Be sure not only to color them in, but add simple drawings of your own magic and misadventures, along with any wildlife or plantlife you might spy along the way. The maps thus ultimately serve as a  memento book as you explore your way around the many wonders of Saint Louis.

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Feel free to download any of these maps from the Green Spiral website or from the Green Spiral Facebook Page.  Each map has a companion “Journey Guide” that gives you context and the bigger picture, along with juicy bits about things to think about, and what to look for.  The maps are not designed to be perfect; they are designed to launch you into your own wonderful adventure.

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Here are a sampling of maps that are in the Urban Wild series, in both black and white, and in color, so you can see how pretty they can be:

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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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Our next series is a collection of Book Lover Adventure Maps of Saint Louis, created in collaboration with the Saint Louis Literary Consortium.  Saint Louis is a surprisingly literate city!

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This collection includes a map of the Central Library located downtown, a Children’s Literature map, a map of the Classic writers of Saint Louis, an art piece of famous Saint Louis quotes for your schoolroom bulletin board, plus a Book Bingo game for reading with young children.  Watch for these maps to be available through Amazon soon; OR,  talk to us through Facebook and we’ll upload a digital map and Journey Guide for you to download.

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The Children’s Literature map includes local authors, bookstores, and children’s 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.  A sample of the book collection goes along, in exchange for promotion at your event.  The map sizes are roughly 9×12, and spray mounted on foam core, with a metal frame.

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If you are the adventurous sort, you might enjoy ordering your own collection of ten maps that are printed out especially for you at the amazing and beautiful Green Spiral offices located near the Lion Gates in University City.  This is a co-share office space in a former Egyptian Temple where Mary Englebreit once had a production studio.  It’s now full of publishers, designers and other creative people who need a quiet place to work; visiting this grand old building is an adventure in itself.

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Here’s one of our more recent Green Spiral Maps; it’s a “Bluebell Hike” along Rock Hollow Trail near Ellisville.  The best time to go is in April.

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Send Green Spiral Tours a note, and we’ll talk about what kinds of maps you’re interested in.  We’re cranking out maps everyday, and we have a lot of maps that will soon be uploaded in consumer form. These “Personally Printed” maps will be available for about $20, and are for pick up only.  Scouting Troops and Homeschooling families are often interested in this option.

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Questions?  Send a note to Jessie at Green Spiral Tours at GreenSpiralTours@gmail.com

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