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.

IMPORTANT NOTICE:


Maplewood Nature Center will be undergoing building renovations this fall.  Updates include new siding, new roofing, and new carpet, flooring and bathrooms.


Normal building hours will be changed as follows:

Sept 2 -Sept 4: Closed for Labor Day weekend

Sept 5-8:  Limited hours; please call 249-2170.  May be open for restroom and drinking fountain use; Self guiding- groups must call ahead to see if there will be access to the amphitheater and restrooms.  Staff will be preparing and packing up taxidermy and exhibits for remodel.  

September 11- October 10: Building closed for renovations

October 11-13: Limited hours; please call 249-2170.  Open for restroom and drinking fountain use,  Self- guiding groups must call ahead to see if there will be access to the amphitheater and restrooms.

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

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Current Nature Center Programs

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