Nature Center & Neighborhood Preserves
2659 East 7th Street
Ph: (651) 249-2170
Visitor Center Building Hours Tuesday - Saturday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm, closed Mondays
Building Closed Tuesday, May 14th for Staff and Volunteer Training
Visit the nature center
to walk the trails, attend a program or event, volunteer, and in the winter, you can rent snowshoes.
View the interpretive exhibits (fun for kids and interesting for adults) inside the visitor center and outdoors as well. Children can play on bridges, boulders, stepping stones, and logs in the outdoor natural play area.
Demonstration Gardens include raingardens
, woodland and wildflower prairie butterfly gardens and a small constructed pond with waterfall.
Learn about Trees and the city's tree rebate.
Enjoy a picnic under the state's largest pin oak at the nature center, take a self-guided tour of the trees on the trail, or learn more about the city's tree rebate program, planting trees, and more.
The Nature Center is a resource, too! At the visitor center, use our nature library to identify a bird, or browse through the informational handouts to learn more about buckthorn removal
and native landscaping. See our earth machine
composting bin, which are for sale at the nature center.
Fish Creek Wildflower Hike has been rescheduled
Due to the late spring, and lack of wildflowers, we are rescheduling the hike to next Friday, May 10 at the same time – 6:30 – 8:00 pm. Please e-mail or call us @ 651-249-2170 to let us know if you can make it.
To repeat: there will be NO hike this Friday, May 3.
FISH CREEK WILDFLOWER HIKE
CO-sponsored by the Friends of Maplewood Nature
Friday, May 10th, 6:30-8:00PM
Discover the beauty of Maplewood's southern most Greenway; its hard maple forest and early spring woodland wildflowers. Wear sturdy shoes for this hike along primitive trails and uneven terrain.
Meet at Oakwood Church, 1388 Point Douglas Road South, St. Paul.
Adult program. FREE. Call to pre-register by May 9th.
Calling All Gardeners and Open Space Lovers!
As you know, the City of Maplewood is working to secure funding to protect the Fish Creek open space, 70 acres of blufflands, wetlands, woods, and rolling meadows above the Mississippi River in south Maplewood. We’ve raised over 80 of funds needed and are waiting to hear the outcome of bonding and a grant request. In the meantime, volunteer and resident Ginny Yingling has arranged for a final Fish Creek Fundraiser with the support of Linders.
From May 16-20, if you shop at Linder's Greenhouse or flower markets, please use the attached coupon and Linder's will donate 15% of the value of your pre-tax purchase to the Fish Creek Forever! campaign. Feel free to email or print multiple copies of the coupon and give them to your friends and family, you can even hand them to the person next to you in line as you check out. Every little bit helps! You'll have beautiful plants to brighten up your home and garden and Maplewood will have a beautiful open space protected for future generations! Now that's a great deal!!
For more information about Fish Creek: www.ci.maplewood.mn.us/fishcreek
Trail Hours at Nature Center and Preserves is 1/2 hour before Dawn to 1/2 hour after Dusk every day of the year.
Friends of Maplewood Nature
The Nature Center is the home base for the Neighborhood Preserves
Maplewood has 14 beautiful open space sites scattered all around Maplewood, find the one nearest you!
These nature preserves are great sanctuaries and getaways to hike, relax, and enjoy nature.
To enhance awareness and understanding of land, water and wildlife resources
; to empower the community to become stewards of the environment.
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'.