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Visitor Center & Exhibits
Come see our updated indoor nature exhibits. Which includes:
  • Indoor pond and forest displays
  • Crawl-thru log
  • Children's puppet area
  • Interactive watershed computer

For the trails, you can view information the trails page.

The Energy Bike Exhibit
This is a fun learning tool.

You get on it to ride and generate enough energy to light fluorescent or incandescent light bulbs or a television. It’s in the hallway at the Nature Center and you can come try it yourself.

This exhibit is best for ages five and up.

The Nature Play Area is Open!

Come and Enjoy!
Open during daylight hours, seven days a week.

Two Stillwater High School juniors have implemented a Nature Play Activity project in the nature center’s yard for their Gold Girl Scout Award. Laura Chandler and Sarah Mittelstadt created several nature play stations for families with young children.

Their additions include a music circle, sand pit, balancing logs, child size picnic table and chalk box to engage young children and their families to explore the outdoors with their senses, imagination and curiosity.

The girls have worked very hard with family and friends in collaboration with naturalist staff and the Friends of Maplewood Nature to enhance MNC yard’s existing natural and landscaped space.

You can read all about it at this link to the Pioneer Press:
Pioneer Press Article on Nature Play Area     

Demonstration Gardens
Visit our Demonstration Gardens:
  • Rainwater gardens
  • Alternative lawn
  • Butterfly garden

Learn about the natural resource conservation strategies used at our open-space sites and parks that you can also implement at home including:
  • Buckthorn removal
  • Planting native shrubs
  • Native plant community restoration

1830 County Road B East • Maplewood, MN 55109 • Ph: (651) 249-2000