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
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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
, woodland and wildflower prairie butterfly gardens and a small constructed pond with waterfall.
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
and native landscaping. See our
composting bin, which are for sale at the nature center.
Garden Pollinator Series
BEFRIENDING BUMBLE BEES
Friday July 12, Saturday July 20 and Friday August 2, 10:00 a.m.-Noon
(Rain Date: Tuesday July 30th) For adults and children, 5 and up.
TASTY TREATS FROM THE BEES
Saturday, July 27th, 9:30-10:45 am
Ages 4-10, families
Taste different kinds of honey, and sample food pollinated by bees such as blueberries and raspberries! Learn about different kinds of bees and why they are important. We’ll do an easy and fun bee-count with the Great Sunflower Project, www.greatsunflowerproject.org, that you can also do later in your backyard or nearby park.
Location: Maplewood Nature Center, 2659 7th Street East, Maplewood, 55119.
CAPTURING INSECTS THROUGH YOUR CAMERA
Saturday, August 17, 9 am-Noon
Learn the secrets of photographing bugs close-up from expert photographer Bill Johnson. Bring your camera on a ‘bug hunt’ around Maplewood nature center’s native gardens as you learn how to take successful insect photos using your own equipment. Bill Johnson’s insect photography has been published in over 800 publications. He writes the column ‘Insect ID’ for Horticulture Magazine.
See his work at: www.billjohnsonbeyondbutterflies.com
Location: Maplewood Nature Center, 2659 7th St. E, Maplewood
Fee: $30/person. Prepay by August 9th. 651-249-2170. Adults
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
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
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'.