Maplewood Nature Center & Neighborhood Preserves

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Maplewood Nature Center & Neighborhood Preserves

2659 7th St E
Maplewood, MN 55119

(651) 249-2170 (Phone)

(651) 249-2189 (Fax)

Region: Minneapolis / St Paul


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Rates

  • Free admission to trails and Visitor Center. Free parking. Naturalist led public programs are free or have a minimal charge. See website for school field trip information, www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com.

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Directions

  • Maplewood Nature Center is located on East 7th Street off of Century Ave., between Stillwater Blvd and Minnehaha Ave in Maplewood, MN.

Other Date Information

  • Year around. Visitor center open TU-SA 8:30am-4:30pm. Trails open 1/2 hr before sunrise and close 1/2 hr after sunset daily.

Green Practices

  • Waste Reduction/Reuse/Recycling
  • Water Conservation/Wastewater Mgmt Plan
  • Energy Efficiency/Conservation
  • Eco-Friendly Landscape/Facility Design
  • Eco-Friendly Purchasing Practices

Attraction Attributes

  • Accessible to Disabled
  • Can Accommodate Groups of 45 or more

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Events

  1. Adults vs Kids - Survival of the Fittest

    2659 7th St E
    Maplewood, MN 55119
    Call: (651) 249-2170

    (FOR CHILDREN AGES 9-13 WITH ADULTS)
    Who has the better skills to survive in the wilderness? Adults or kids? Adults and kids go head to head in teams to build a shelter, make a fire, and identify plants. Light snack provided. Closed-toed shoes and long pants recommended.
    Registration required. Prepay $5/person by Wednesday, October 17 at www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com and click on the RegisterOnline-Go button, or call 651-249-2170. Activity Registration #16157.

  2. Bruentrup Boo Bash

    2170 County Rd D E
    Maplewood, MN 55109
    Call: (651) 249-2170

    (FAMILY FRIENDLY EVENT FOR ALL AGES)

    - Live Animals from the MN Raptor Center
    - Puppet Show
    - Wagon Rides
    - Sensory Scavenger Hunt
    - Concessions available for purchase

    Join us at the farm for a FREE family friendly event for all ages! We’ll have activities, crafts, and games. Costumes are encouraged but not required. This event will be held outside, please dress for the weather.

  3. December Brrrd-Count

    2659 7th St E
    Maplewood, MN 55119
    Call: (651) 249-2170

    (AGES 14 AND OLDER)

    Drop in to watch and record winter birds on our trails or at our feeders. Enter your sightings into eBird or hand-write a list for the naturalist. Double the fun by renting a pair of snowshoes for $5/pair (if 6" snow on ground)!
    FREE! Drop-in Program.

  4. Fall Native Tree Hike

    2659 7th St E
    Maplewood, MN 55119
    Call: (651) 249-2170

    (Adults)
    Explore the nature center yard and hike the trails. Meet native trees and shrubs that provide food and shelter for wildlife along with fall color and winter interest. Learn which common nursery shrubs are invasive and should be avoided. Drop off your 2018 Maplewood Tree Rebate if you haven’t already done so (due October 15th). Dress for the weather and wear shoes suitable for hiking!
    FREE, register by Oct 5. Register online at www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com and click on the RegisterOnline-Go button, or call 651-249-2170. Activity Registration #16152.

  5. Holiday Pollinator Felting Craft

    Holiday Pollinator Felting Craft

    2659 7th St E
    Maplewood, MN 55119
    Call: (651) 249-2170

    (ADULTS; AGES 10+ WITH AN ADULT)

    Learn about 3 native bees, then use cookie cutters and wool to make a simple a bee or butterfly. Great for homeschoolers!
    $5 per person prepaid by Friday, December 14 at www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com and click on the RegisterOnline-Go button, or call 651-249-2170.

  6. Nature Hangout

    2659 7th St E
    Maplewood, MN 55119
    Call: (651) 249-2170

    (AGES 7-11)
    Drop-off program for youth only! Parents can get some holiday preparation work done while we go outdoors all together for a treasure hunt with the Naturalist, then back inside to meet live animals, and a craft too! Dress for the weather. Snowshoeing if snow. Pre-registration required by Thursday, December 20th.
    $25.00/youth, register at www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com and click on the RegisterOnline-Go button, or call 651-249-2170.

  7. S’more Nature Fun

    2659 7th St E
    Maplewood, MN 55119
    Call: (651) 249-2170

    (ALL AGES)
    It is FUN to be outside in the wintertime! Take a hike or snowshoe down to the pond for a fun exploration then make S'mores.
    Fee: $5/person. Register by Thursday, Dec 28 at www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com and click on the RegisterOnline-Go button, or call 651-249-2170.

  8. Snakes Alive!

    2659 7th St E
    Maplewood, MN 55119
    Call: (651) 249-2170

    (ALL AGES)
    Meet a live western hognose snake, boa constrictor, egg-eating snake, and lots of other visiting snakes from ‘Snake Discovery’! You’ll get to see them up close, touch, hold, and even feed some of the program snakes! Snakes play an important role in the ecosystem; discover how to help them, so they can help us.
    Fee: $5/person, prepay by Thursday, Nov., 1. Register at www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com and click on the RegisterOnline-Go button, or call 651-249-2170

  9. Walk When the Moon is Full

    2659 7th St E
    Maplewood, MN 55119
    Call: (651) 249-2170

    (AGES 7 AND UP WITH ADULT, SMALL SCOUT TROOPS WELCOME!)
    Hike by the light of the moon, learn some fun facts about the moon, and c'mon outside as we enjoy the moonshadows of the trees and breathe the brisk air! Back at the nature center enjoy a cup of hot cider as we listen to stories from Ojibwe, Dakota and other cultures! Dress for the weather, and bring a mug!
    Fee $4.00/person Register by Sunday, October 21. Register at www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com and click on the RegisterOnline-Go button, or call 651-249-2170. Activity Registration #16158.

  10. Winter Wisdom

    2659 7th St E
    Maplewood, MN 55119
    Call: (651) 249-2170

    (AGES 6 + WITH AN ADULT, + 14 AND UP)
    New to Minnesota or want to enjoy winter outdoors? If dressed properly, you will stay warm and enjoy winter, even on the coldest day! Learn how to avoid frostbite, hypothermia and sunburn. Test insulating properties of different materials, learn how to calculate wind-chill, make a winter emergency kit for your car and a solar bead zipper pull for your jacket. We’ll try snowshoeing if we have snow, then warm up with hot apple cider. Enter our drawing for a winter-wise prize!
    Free, registration required by Thursday, November 29 at www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com and click on the RegisterOnline-Go button, or call 651-249-2170.

  11. Wonderfall Puppet Show

    2659 7th St E
    Maplewood, MN 55119
    Call: (651) 249-2170

    (All Ages)
    Celebrate America Recycles Day with our wild animal puppets. Skunk, eagle and more will teach us about migration, hibernation & recycling! Play the Recycle Fishing game then make a recycle craft and have a snack. Take a self-guided hike afterward.
    Fee: Prepay $4 per child by Tuesday, November 13 at www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com and click on the RegisterOnline-Go button, or call 651-249-2170. Activity Registration #16161


Meetings & Conferences

  • URL/Meetings Web Page: https://maplewoodmn.gov/970/Rental
  • Number of Meeting Rooms: 1

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