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. Build a Bat house

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

    (FOR ADULTS & CHILDREN AGES 7+ WITH ADULT, PERFECT FOR SCOUT GROUPS!)
    Attention scout leaders, grandparents, parents, uncles and aunts! Here’s something fun to do with your kids during summer vacation. Join us to learn how to build a bat nursery with Elpis Enterprises, using reclaimed cedar fencing! Save some cash and build your own bat house that follows Bat Conservation International’s bat house guidelines! Your building- or pole-mounted bat nursery may help nature’s threatened bug-zappers!
    Prepay $25/bat house. Register online by Monday, July 24 at www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com and click on the RegisterOnline-Go button, or call 651-249-2170

  2. Bumble Bee Safari at Fish Creek

    Bumble Bee Safari at Fish Creek

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

    (ADULTS AND FAMILIES WITH KIDS AGES 5 +)

    Learn about and befriend bumble bees! Assist bee experts in surveying bumblebees and their favorite prairie flowers at Fish Creek Preserve. Bring your phone or other digital device and learn how to enter your bee photo on Bumble Bee Watch.
    FREE. Pre-register online, www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com and click on the RegisterOnline-Go button, or call 651-249-2170, by August 16.
    Co-sponsored by Friends of Maplewood Nature

  3. Dazzling Dragonflies and Damselflies

    Dazzling Dragonflies and Damselflies

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

    (FOR CHILDREN AGES 3-8, WITH ADULT)
    Dazzling colors and zippy flights – Do you have what it takes? Catch and release dragonflies and damselflies in the gardens and prairie. Use nets and magnifying lenses to help you catch and observe these amazing creatures.
    FREE! Drop-in Program.

  4. Junior Volunteers!

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

    (FOR AGES 10–14 (AGES 14-15 MAY APPLY TO BE ASSISTANT LEADERS.)

    * Discover nature, seek new discoveries, and take some action! Make new friends and learn outdoor skills- cook with
    a solar oven, identify poisonous and edible plants, care for live animals and more!
    * Assist the naturalist with on-going land management projects at the nature center and nearby city-owned nature
    preserves. Use hand tools to clear trails, plant and maintain wildflowers, and more!
    Pre-register online, by June 19.
    Fee: $25 (5 scholarships available please inquire)
    Co-sponsored by Friends of Maplewood Nature

  5. Meet the Animals

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

    (FOR ALL AGES)
    Meet a snake, salamander, and toad, to learn more about Minnesota’s wild animals and where they live in the summer. You can share your stories about real wild animal encounters, if you choose! Make a slithering craft, and have a hoppy good time! Free. Drop-in program - limited to first 40 people.

  6. Monarhcs in the Prairie

    Monarhcs in the Prairie

    Call: (651) 249-2170

    (ALL AGES)

    Mad about Monarchs? Find out why and how monarchs are tagged. Learn about their magnificent migration. See monarchs in their life cycle stages. Take home some native seed packets to sow that will help these beautiful butterflies survive. FREE. Register online by Thursday, August 24 at www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com and click on the RegisterOnline-Go button, or call 651-249-2170
    Co-sponsored by the Friends of Maplewood Nature

  7. Tasty Treats from the Bees

    Tasty Treats from the Bees

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

    (FOR CHILDREN AGES 4-10, WITH ADULT)
    Taste different kinds of honey, and sample food pollinated by bees such as blueberries and raspberries! Learn about different kinds of bees and why they are important. We’ll do an easy and fun bee-count to help the bees with the Minnesota Bee Atlas project at iNaturalist.org that you can also do later in your own backyard or nearby park.
    Prepay $5/person. Register online by Thursday, August 10 at www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com and click on the RegisterOnline-Go button, or call 651-249-2170

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