About the Neighborhood Preserves
Rolling hills, majestic oaks, old pastures with gnarled apple trees, a frog chorus await you at the Maplewood Neighborhood Preserves. These special places were set aside by the citizens of Maplewood for all to enjoy. They are a place for discovery where hiking, bird watching, and enjoying nature take precedence.
The 14 Neighborhood Preserves range in size from 5 acres to 46 acres. Many of the preserves have footpaths and mowed trails. If you’re looking for a preserve with a hard surface trail, visit the Maplewood Nature Center or Prairie Farm. The preserves are open dawn to dusk.
Few people in Maplewood have experienced an oak woodland, oak savanna or wet prairie. Yet these are the historical landscapes of our city. Maplewood is committed to restoring the preserves to native vegetation for residents to enjoy.
Maplewood Nature Center is home base for the preserves. Nature Center naturalists coordinate educational and volunteer programs for the preserves. Join us for a guided hike or put on your work gloves and sign up as a Volunteer Land Steward.
Gladstone Savanna - Phase I improvements were implemented in 2012, including installation of trails, soil remediation, and stormpond features. In 2014 the site will be seeded with a native prairie mix. Phase II of the Frost Avenue Streetscape project will begin in 2014 and this will include sidewalks, street parking, and entryways for the Savanna. Future improvements at Gladstone Savanna include: install playground and small turf area, plant trees, landscape design features (rail trail feature, historic design elements), and site interpretation.