Adult Programs

Current Adult Nature Programs


To view the complete list of upcoming public programs and their descriptions see Nature Center Events Calendar at the bottom of this page. 

BUCKTHORN REMOVAL DEMONSTRATION AND REMOVAL
(For Adults)
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 10:00AM–12:00PM
At Applewood Park; 822 Sterling St S, Maplewood, MN 55119
Learn to identify common and glossy buckthorn and beneficial look-alikes you should protect. We’ll discuss updated best management practices, weed establishment vs native regrowth after removal. Which herbicides work and how can they be used safely? Earn a Buckthorn Blaster to take home, by cutting and treating buckthorn on site! Participants must wear personal protection equipment: safety glasses, long pants, long sleeved shirt, shoes plus long socks; and chemical resistant gloves (only butyl rubber, nitrile rubber, neoprene rubber or viton.  No cloth, leather or household latex gloves).  
FREE!  Register online by Wednesday, September 4 or call 651-249-2170.  Activity #16531. 
This year, pickup is scheduled for the week of October 28th, register by 3:00 pm, Thursday, October 24.

2019 Buckthorn Curb-side Pick up:

Week of October 28 Maplewood residents who remove large volumes of buckthorn from their properties will qualify for free curbside pick-up of buckthorn this fall. Pre-register online by Thursday, Oct 24, or call 651-249-2170.

NEW VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION   

          
AT MAPLEWOOD NATURE CENTER, 2659 E 7TH ST., MAPLEWOOD, MN 55119.
TUESDAY, SEPT 10, 2:30PM-3:30PM
It’s FUN to be a regular volunteer that gets more involved at the Nature Center and Neighborhood Preserves!  Come to this orientation find out about all the cool opportunities available, and learn what it takes to be a regular volunteer such as…
Trail guide, Program Aide, Receptionist, Gardener
Youth & family opportunities
Citizen Science: open space monitor, frog monitor, big tree registry
FreePre-register by Monday, Sept 9.  Activity #16532. Register online,  or call 651-249-2170. 
Adult regular volunteers must pass a background check.  Call (651) 249-2173 to get more information about volunteering.

STORIES FROM THE PAST: NATURE CENTER History Conversation

(Adults)
AT MAPLEWOOD NATURE CENTER, 2659 E 7TH ST., MAPLEWOOD, MN 55119.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 10:30AM  – 11:30AM
Gather with long time residents, staff and volunteers for stories and memories of Maplewood Nature Center’s 40 year old history.  Share stories of growing up in the area which would become Maplewood Nature Center, saved by neighbors who lobbied to preserve the Swamp from being filled in for ball fields.  Enjoy Anniversary sweet rolls as we reminisce about bygone days when parents never worried and neighborhood kids roamed freely in the ‘swamp’.
Free program. Call 651-249-2170 to register or register online by Weds, Sept. 11th.  Activity #16533.

EMERALD ASH BORER (EAB) – ASK THE FORESTER
(FOR ADULTS)
AT MAPLEWOOD NATURE CENTER, 2659 E. 7th St., Maplewood, MN 55119            
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 1, 6:30PM-8:00PM
EAB is spreading in Maplewood.  Join us for an EAB open house.  Stations will be set up to help you identify ash trees, learn the signs and symptoms of EAB, and figure out what to do.  Our City Forester will be on hand to answer your EAB questions. 
Free. Register online, or call 651-249-2170. Activity #16535.

AUTUMN ART IN NATURE
(Adults, Children Ages 12 and Up)
AT MAPLEWOOD NATURE CENTER, 2659 E 7TH ST., MAPLEWOOD, MN 55119.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12, 1:30PM-3:30PM
Learn basic shapes, drawing and shading techniques inside, then bring your sketch notebook outdoors to capture autumn’s splendor.  Bring your favorite sketchbook, drawing pencils, kneaded erasers or pastels. Dress for the weather and wear shoes suitable for hiking!  Lawn chairs recommended!
Fee $10.00 per person, register by Oct 2, or call 651-249-2170. Activity # 16536.
 
BIRD WALK IN ENGLISH AND SPANISH
(Adults, kids ages 9+ welcome)
PASEO DE AVES EN INGLÉS Y ESPAÑOL
 AT MAPLEWOOD NATURE CENTER
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19, 1:00PM-2:30PM  /  SABADO, 19 DE OCTUBRE, 1:00 PM-2:30PM
Enjoy the beauty and the health benefits of walking outside, and learn about the birds you see. Program will be given in both English and Spanish together.  Bring your own binoculars or we have some to loan you for the day. If the weather is nice, we will walk around the pond, or if there is bad weather, we will learn about birds and binoculars indoors.  Take home a chart of birds you are likely to see in Minnesota with their Spanish and English names!
Fee $5.00 per person, register online by Oct 16, or call 651-249-2170. Activity #16546.
 
Disfruta de la belleza y los beneficios para la salud al caminar afuera, y aprende sobre las aves que observas.
El programa se impartirá en inglés y español juntos. Traer tus propios binoculares o tenemos algunos para prestar durante el día. Si el clima lo permite, caminaremos alrededor del estanque.  Si llueve, aprenderemos sobre las aves y binoculares dentro del salón.  Lleve a casa una lista de las aves que probablemente se observan en Minnesota, con sus nombres en español e inglés!
PRECIO: $5 por persona.  Registrarse antes del 16 de octubre
Registrarse en línea en
www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com  y hacer click al botón
 RegisterOnline-Go.  O llame al 651-249-2170
 

WOODLAND SPOON CARVING


(Ages 18+) 
AT MAPLEWOOD NATURE CENTER, 2659 E 7TH ST., MAPLEWOOD, MN 55119.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 1:00PM-4:30PM
Get the scoop on trees that grow in to Minnesota that are good for carving, and take a short tree id walk outside with the Naturalist.  Learn how to carve a spoon from a fresh cut native tree using traditional Nordic carving techniques. We cover axing out a blank (roughed out spoon shape), knife holds for the hook & sloyd knife, drying, and finishing. This class is great for the beginner or the person wanting to learn Sloyd style carving. The class fee includes tool rental, materials, a finishing kit, and safety glove rental. Please wear pants and close toed shoes.  Spoon Carving instruction and materials by Jess Hirsch of Women's Woodshop.
FEE: $65/person. Register online by November 6, or call 651-249-2170. Activity #16549.
  
 

 

Registration Information


A small fee is charged for most programs which must be prepaid to register. Most programs require pre-registration unless otherwise noted in program description.

  • Send or drop off a check or exact amount in cash to:
    Maplewood Nature Center
    2659 E 7th Street
    Maplewood, MN 55119
  • To pay by credit card online follow this link or call the nature center, 651-249-2170.
  • Free events: pre-register onlineemail the nature center, or call 651-249-2170.

 

 

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