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.


September 11- Mid November: Building closed for renovation

Exciting new upgrades are happening at the nature center; remodeling may go through mid-November. 

 Updates include new siding, new roofing, and new carpet, flooring and bathrooms

. Please check the nature center website or call 249-2170 for on-going updates and closure information. 

Please Note: The parking lot remains closed until further notice. Three alternate trail entrances provide walkers access; parking is on the street.  

Depending on the construction schedule- some fall program locations may change to one of our beautiful open space sites or parks. All participants will be notified as necessary!  Thanks for your patience during this time!  

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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