Nature Center

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What can you do at Maplewood Nature Center?


A popular spot for hikers, families, and all kinds of groups, Maplewood Nature Center is the gateway to, and one of, 14 Neighborhood Preserves. Here, you will find a Visitor Center with live snakes and salamanders, and 1.5 miles of hiking trails that wind through wetlands and woods. Visitor amenities include interactive exhibits, both indoor and out, trail kiosk, picnic area and nature play yard, wildflower demonstration gardens including rain gardens, and more.

Maplewood Nature Center offers public Programs and Events

2019 NATURE CENTER CONSTRUCTION ALERT:
Tuesday, September 3:  7th Street is being paved today.  Please park at Brand and Ferndale and walk the short hike on the trail.

Local streets construction to the nature center will be affected by the East 7th and Mayhill street reconstruction this Summer. 
Use either the East 7th Street (off of Century Ave.) or Mayhill (off of Minnehaha Ave.) entrances. Another alternative walking entrance can be found at the corner of Brand Street and Ferndale Ave.  Please see the trail map  Opens a New Window. below for suggested parking and trail to building.
Please call for more specific information, 651-249-2170.  Thank you for your patience during this time.


Trail Hours at the Nature Center & Preserves: 

Open 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset every day of the year.

Things you can do at the nature center include 

  • Attend a program/Bring your class
  • Have a birthday party
  • Hike/walk/play
  • Learn about the Environment
  • Rain gardens
  • Self-guiding activities
  • Snowshoe
  • Volunteer

Please be advised that no pets of any kind are allowed in this Wildlife Sanctuary. Nesting birds, mammals and plants thank you for respecting this rule. As an alternative, you may enjoy taking your pet to the nearby Battle Creek Dog Park.

Resources and Links

  • The Nature Center participates in Sustainability Projects for the City of Maplewood, including Sustainable Maplewood Project 2050, the Environmental Insert for the city's newsletter and Maplewood's City Staff 'Green Team,' and assists with portions of the city’s Tree Program
  • Edgerton Community Garden 

     

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Maplewood Nature Center Current Volunteers' Portal for Scheduling: https://www.volgistics.com/ex2/vicnet.dll/?from=242584

Current Nature Center Programs

Nature Center Programs - Summer/Fall 19