Nature Center


Visiting Us

Programs and Events

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Neighborhood Preserves

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Nature Center Building closed until end of March.

In order to keep the public and employees safe from the COVID-19 The City of Maplewood has closed all public buildings through the end of March. This includes the nature center. Our public programs have been cancelled as well. The trails remain open for use. Staff are monitoring messages and taking phone calls. Thank you for your patience, please check the city of Maplewood webpage for more information.

Special Message Regarding Icy Pond Conditions

We are cautioning folks about staying off the pond at Maplewood Nature Center, the ice may not be safe in some areas.

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
  • Nature play yard
  • Picnic area
  • Trail kiosk
  • Wildflower demonstration gardens including rain gardens

Maplewood Nature Center offers public Programs and Events. Other 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
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Pet Policy

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.

City Projects

The Nature Center participates in Sustainability Projects for the City of Maplewood, including:

  • Sustainable Maplewood Project 2050
  • Environmental insert for the City's newsletter
  • Maplewood's City Staff "Green Team"
  • Portions of the city's Tree Program

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