Elm Creek Park Reserve & Eastman Nature Center12400 James Deane Pkwy
Maple Grove, MN 55369
From I-94 exit at Maple Grove Parkway, turn right/N. Turn R on Co. Rd 81 for 1/3 mile. For rec area, go east for 1 mile, go left on Elm Creek Blvd. For Eastman, Turn L on Co Rd 121/Fernbrook Ln Turn R on Elm Creek Rd. Nature Center is 2/3 mileGet Directions
The park features more than 20 miles of paved hiking and biking trails, miles of turf hiking trails, a chlorinated swimming pond, children’s play area, nature center, picnic pavilions and picnicking sites, archery course, an off-leash pet exercise area, 18K of cross-country ski trails (including lighted trails and a trail with snowmaking), a lighted tubing hill with tube rental and snowmaking, a beginner-level downhill ski/snowboard area with snowmaking and skijoring trails.
Eastman Nature Center in Elm Creek Park Reserve, features; quiet reading and observation rooms, larger classrooms, an exhibit area with wildlife watching, all-new professional exhibits, an open-air deck, a small coffee service, public wi-fi signal, and an after-hours restroom.
Hours & Dates
Nature Center Hours (January 1 - December 31)
- Monday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
- Tuesday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
- Wednesday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
- Thursday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
- Friday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
- Saturday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
- Sunday: 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Park Grounds (January 1 - December 31)
- Monday: 5:00am - 10:00pm
- Tuesday: 5:00am - 10:00pm
- Wednesday: 5:00am - 10:00pm
- Thursday: 5:00am - 10:00pm
- Friday: 5:00am - 10:00pm
- Saturday: 5:00am - 10:00pm
- Sunday: 5:00am - 10:00pm
No parking fee. Private naturalist programs and birthday parties can be arranged for a separate fee. Fee for most family nature programs. Some free classes or demonstrations.
- Waste reduction/reuse/recycling
- Accessible to disabled
- Can accommodate groups of 45 or more
Meetings & Conferences
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
Based on 207 reviews
I’m always looking for family fun that is able to hit a budget and keep us ‘on the go’! This 2 hour window of time was perfect in 40 degree weather! It may have seemed busy ~ but the lines went fast...
— Reeceonthego, February 22, 2020
There is nothing negative to say about this park! We love going here all year round and just bought a house that backs up to the preserve. So many trails, great park, nice swimming spot, and so many...
— clearwater4010, February 8, 2020
My kids love this park. We were able to watch are kids from the shade. Highly recommended this park.
— jack3757, January 24, 2020
Elm Creek Park has a lot to offe. From swimming and biking trails in the summer, to cross country skiing and tubing in the winter, Elm Creek never disappoints.
— gglieder, November 5, 2019
The Three Rivers Park system which Elm Creek Park Reserve is a part have excellent paved trails. Many of the trails go through heavily wooded forests. There are areas that go through neighborhoods...
— Linda C, October 27, 2019