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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  1. Fur Trade Heritage

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

    (Best for adults and kids ages 6 and up)
    • Assume the persona of a voyageur from this historical era!
    • Examine historical replicas of fur trade items.
    • Make a spark from flint and steel, drill a hole with a pump drill.
    • Try on a capote and moustache and practice your French Accent! Ooh la la, c’est fun!
    • Snowshoe rental available afterward, $5/pair
    Fee: $5 per family, prepay by Jan. 26, at www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com and click on the RegisterOnline-Go button, or call 651-249-2170. Small scout groups are welcome.

  2. Hike by the Light of the Blue Moons

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

    (AGES 7 AND UP WITH ADULT)

    Join us as we hike the trails by the light of the full moon – 2 full moons in the month of March! In 2018, there are also 2 full moons in January but none in February. Peer through a scope to get a grand look at the moon if the skies are clear, but we’ll hike whether clear or cloudy! Discover some fun facts about the moon, Enjoy a hot beverage and treats to mark this occasion!
    Fee: $5 per person; register by 2 days prior to each hike – Come to one or both! Register at www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com and click on the RegisterOnline-Go button, or call 651-249-2170

  3. Native Plants Do Double Duty

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

    Deep rooted plants help reduce flooding, filter pollutants and provide food for disappearing pollinators such as Monarch Butterflies and non-aggressive bees. In addition, replacing turf with these native grasses and wildflowers reduce geese problems. Learn to identify 10 workhorse plants and the Pollinators that depend on them. Dramatic research on the ability of raingardens to help prevent run-off will be shared and take home some initial designs that will work in most sunny spots.
    Free. Seating is limited, register early!

  4. Natural Dye Eggs-Stravaganza

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

    (AGES 6+ WITH AN ADULT)
    What is an egg? Which wild animals make eggs? We will answer these questions and more while dyeing eggs with environmentally friendly, natural dyes. Learn to make a basket from paper plates and other activities while your eggs soak. BRING 3 HARD BOILED eggs per person and an egg carton for drying and transport. (To hard boil, use enough cold water to cover eggs plus 1 teaspoon salt. Bring to a boil, remove from heat and let cool. Refrigerate.)
    Fee: $5/person, prepay by Thursday, March 22. Register at www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com and click on the RegisterOnline-Go button, or call 651-249-2170

  5. Nesting and Overwintering Habitat for Bees

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

    (ADULTS)
    The availability of nesting habitat is a critical yet often over-looked factor impacting native bee populations. This training will offer practical approaches to creating and managing a variety of nesting and overwintering habitat features for bees, including dead wood, stems, brush, rock piles, bare ground, leaf litter, and more. Approaches are relevant to gardeners, landscapers, natural resource professionals, and anyone interested in taking the next step in supporting pollinators. The training will include both classroom and field components, including a search for active nests of stem-nesting bees! Instructed by Sarah Foltz Jordan (Xerces Society) and Colleen Satyshur (University of MN), in partnership with Maplewood Nature Center and Great River Greening. Funding provided by the MN Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund. Space is limited, so register early to hold your spot! Register online through Maplewood Nature Center.
    Free. Pre-register by Wednesday, April 18. Register at www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com and click on the RegisterOnline-Go button, or call 651-249-2170

  6. Sap into Syrup Family Event

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

    (FAMILIES WITH KIDS AGE 6+)
    Carry the sap from roots to buds on our ‘maple tree’. Get acquainted with the tools and equipment and how to identify trees in the maple family. Help tap a real tree! Taste maple sap and real maple syrup.
    Fee: $5/child, prepay by Thursday, March 15. Register at www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com and click on the RegisterOnline-Go button, or call 651-249-2170

  7. Smartphone Birding by Sharon Stiteler

    2100 White Bear Ave
    Maplewood, MN 55109
    Call: (651) 249-2170

    Smart phones have changed birding. You can take out multiple field guides, get real time bird reports and take incredible photos and videos of your favorite birds. This program gives you the latest information on how to maximize your phone for birding. Sharon Stiteler, in addition to her day job with the National Park Service, runs the popular birding blog, Birdchick.com and has been in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, All Things Considered and on NBC Nightly News as well as making regular appearances on Twin Cities’ TV and radio stations. She wrote the books Disapproving Rabbits, City Birds/Country Birds and 1001 Secrets Every Birder Should Know. When she’s not digiscoping or banding birds, she’s a blue ribbon beekeeper. You can find her on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram under Birdchick.
    Free! Preregister by Monday, March 5. Program sponsored by the Friends of Maplewood Nature. Register 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, March 29. Register at www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com and click on the RegisterOnline-Go button, or call 651-249-2170

  9. Snowshoe Hike

    Snowshoe Hike

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

    (FOR ADULTS & CHILDREN AGES 4+ WITH ADULT)
    Learn about snowshoes, strap on a pair, and walk with a naturalist through our Winter Wonderland.
    Instruction and snowshoes provided. Wear sturdy winter boots and bring your own mug for hot cocoa.
    *Note: if snow is scarce, we will hike to search for animal tracks.
    Fee: $5/person, prepay by Thursday, Feb 8.
    Register at www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com and click on the RegisterOnline-Go button, or call 651-249-2170

  10. Spring to your Senses Puppet Show

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

    (BEST FOR AGES 2-8, 16+ free)
    Laugh and sing along with squirrel, duck, goose and more, as they get ready for spring! Outside, use your eyes and ears to look and listen for the REAL wild animals! Complete the Alphabet Nature Bingo on your way. Snack and Craft included. Great for families and small day care groups (up to 8 kids).
    Fee: $5/child, prepay by Monday, March 26. Register at www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com and click on the RegisterOnline-Go button, or call 651-249-2170

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