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. Buckthorn Removal Demonstration at Applewood Park

    822 Sterling St S
    Maplewood, MN 55119
    Call: (651) 249-2170

    Meet at the Matterhorn entrance. Learn how to identify common and glossy buckthorn and the beneficial look-alikes you should protect. We’ll discuss updated best management practices, weed establishment vs native regrowth after removal. Learn how to safely use buckthorn herbicides. Try out your new skills by cutting and treating buckthorn at the park to earn a Buckthorn Blaster to take home!
    Wear old clothes: long pants, rubber boots, a hat, and long sleeved shirt.
    Bring chemical resistant gloves (not leather or cloth).
    FREE! Registration required. Register online by Tuesday, September 19 at www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com and click on the RegisterOnline-Go button, or call 651-249-2170.

  2. Deer Moon Hike

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

    (Ages 10 – Adult)

    Explore the mysterious ways of the white-tailed deer! We’ll start with a stealthy hike in hope of seeing deer or deer sign. Inside, we’ll discuss whitetail facts and trivia, factors affecting populations, local deer ordinances and deer resistant or deer detracting native plants for your yard.
    Fee: $4/person register by Monday, October 30 at www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com and click on the RegisterOnline-Go button, or call 651-249-2170.

  3. Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) 101 for Homeowners

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

    EAB has been found in ash trees in Maplewood. Join our city forester to learn the basics about Emerald Ash Borer damage and management. We’ll cover ash tree identification, signs and symptoms of EAB, treatments and management. Two classes are offered, both cover the same material. Free-Please call 651-249-2170 to register.

  4. Fall Color Nature Hike

    On Henry Lane just off Carver Ave
    Maplewood, MN 55119
    Call: (651) 249-2170

    (All ages)
    AT FISH CREEK PRESERVE

    Bring your favorite walking stick and join us for a morning nature hike on the beautiful paved trails! We’ll enjoy fall color, identify trees and look for wildlife. Bring binoculars or check out a pair from the naturalist. We will attempt the 1 mile loop; strollers may be needed for young children. Dress for the weather and wear shoes suitable for hiking! Meet at the gate on Henry Lane, just off Carver Ave. FREE, registration required, by Wednesday, October 4 at www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com and click on the RegisterOnline-Go button, or call 651-249-2170.

  5. Hike Around the Pond

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

    (For ages 5+, with an adult)

    It’s fun to hike in the fall! Create and decorate your very own hiking stick, then hike around the pond with the naturalist! Fee: Prepay $5.00/hiking stick by Monday, October 30 at www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com and click on the RegisterOnline-Go button, or call 651-249-2170.

  6. Meet the Animals

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

    (FOR ALL AGES)
    Meet a snake and salamander, and learn more about Minnesota’s wild animals and where they are in the winter. You can share your stories about real wild animal encounters, if you choose! Wild animal crafts and wild animal activities for all ages, too!
    Free. Drop-in

  7. Outstanding Owls

    Outstanding Owls

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

    (For all ages)
    Meet an owl up close and learn what makes these creatures such a hoot!
    • Enjoy a Raptor Center presentation at 3:30PM.
    • From 4:30-6:00PM older kids can dissect owl pellets, while younger ones make an owl craft! Learn owl calls and go on a night hike around the lake in search of our feathered friends. Dress for the weather! Treats and beverage provided.
    Register early space is limited! Co-sponsored by the Friends of Maplewood Nature.
    Fee: Prepay $8/person by Wednesday October 26, at www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com and click on the RegisterOnline-Go button, or call 651-249-2170.

  8. 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 walk or snowshoe down to the pond with the naturalist for a fun exploration then make some Smore’s on the campfire. Yum! Gluten-free and vegan S’more options available upon request.
    Fee: $5/person. Register by Thursday, Dec 28 at www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com and click on the RegisterOnline-Go button, or call 651-249-2170.

  9. Survival of the Fittest

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

    (FOR CHILDREN AGES 9-13)

    Do you have what it takes to survive in the wilderness? Learn how to build a shelter, make a fire, and identify poisonous plants. Beverage and light snack provided.
    Drop-off program; must sign a waiver. Dress for the weather.
    Fee: Prepay $10/child by Tuesday, October 18 at www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com and click on the RegisterOnline-Go button, or call 651-249-2170.

  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 wanting 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 and make a solar bead zipper pull for your jacket. We’ll try snowshoeing if we have snow!
    Free; registration required by Thursday, December 7 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: $4 per child; register by Monday, November 13 at www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com and click on the RegisterOnline-Go button, or call 651-249-2170.

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