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. 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

  3. 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.

  4. Snow Flake Wonders

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

    FREE!
    (All ages)
    • Cut and create beautiful snowflakes for your windows.
    • Learn how snowflakes are formed in the sky, and peer at preserved snowflake crystals up close on the microcam.
    • Snowshoes available for rent all day if we have snow. Snowshoe rental: $5/pair.
    • Drop in for a half-hour for self-guiding activities or stay the whole time! Nature Center exhibits and trails open
    Drop-in, no registration necessary.

  5. Winter Open House: Snowshoes & Tracks

    Winter Open House: Snowshoes & Tracks

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

    (All Ages)

    • Learn how to walk, run, and turn around on snowshoes.
    • Learn about Animal Tracks and Signs from self -guiding activities.
    • A naturalist will answer nature questions, and orient you to the nature center trails. Try wood or metal snowshoes (wood snowshoes require 6+ inches of snow). Sleds will be available for pulling young kids.
    • Snowshoes available to rent for ages 4 to adult to rent. Snowshoe rental: $5/pair.
    Dress in layers and wear winter boots. Hot chocolate for all attendees!
    Free to attend. Drop-in program.

  6. 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.

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