Nature Center

What can you do at Maplewood Nature Center?


A popular spot for hikers, families, and all kinds of groups, Maplewood Nature Center is the gateway to, and one of, 14 Neighborhood Preserves. Here, you will find a Visitor Center with live snakes and salamanders, and 1.5 miles of hiking trails that wind through wetlands and woods. Visitor amenities include interactive exhibits, both indoor and out, trail kiosk, picnic area and nature play yard, wildflower demonstration gardens including rain gardens, and more.
Maplewood Nature Center offers public Programs and Events. Have a question for our Staff? Ask it Here.

Trail Hours at the Nature Center & Preserves


Open 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset every day of the year
Things you can do at the nature center include
  • Attend a program/Bring your class
  • Have a birthday party
  • Hike/walk/play
  • Learn about the Environment
  • Rain gardens
  • Self-guiding activities
  • Snowshoe
  • Volunteer

Resources and Links


The Nature Center participates in Sustainability Projects for the City of Maplewood, including Sustainable Maplewood Project 2050, the Environmental Insert for the city's newsletter and Maplewood's City Staff 'Green Team,' and assists with portions of the city’s Tree Program
  • Tree Rebate (PDF)
  • Edgerton Community Garden NEW YEAR’S EVE DAY NATURE CHILL-OUT
    (For all ages)  
    AT MAPLEWOOD NATURE CENTER, 2659 E. 7th Street, Maplewood, MN 55119
    SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31, 1:00PM-3:00PM
    Chill with nature; something for grownups, or for the whole family! Indoor options include gorgeous nature coloring pages, sipping hot-cocoa, and a funny scavenger hunt in our indoor exhibits. 
     
    Outdoor options include a self-guiding trail hike set up especially for the day to search for our local yeti, and other wildlife.  You can also try our snowshoes if there is snow!
    Fee: Prepay $5/person by Friday, December 30.
    To register, go to www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com and click on the Register Online Go button. Call 651-249-2170 if you need help registering.NEW YEAR’S EVE DAY NATURE CHILL-OUT
    (For all ages)  
    AT MAPLEWOOD NATURE CENTER, 2659 E. 7th Street, Maplewood, MN 55119
    SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31, 1:00PM-3:00PM
    Chill with nature; something for grownups, or for the whole family! Indoor options include gorgeous nature coloring pages, sipping hot-cocoa, and a funny scavenger hunt in our indoor exhibits. 
     
    Outdoor options include a self-guiding trail hike set up especially for the day to search for our local yeti, and other wildlife.  You can also try our snowshoes if there is snow!
    Fee: Prepay $5/person by Friday, December 30.
    To register, go to www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com and click on the Register Online Go button. Call 651-249-2170 if you need help registering.

     

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