Maplewood News

Posted on: October 9, 2017

Maplewood Nature Center Getting a Facelift and Environmental Improvements

When the Visitors Center (or is it called the interpretative
center?) at Maplewood’s Nature Center reopens in the
middle of October, you’ll notice major improvements
before you walk in the door, as the building’s siding and
roof will be upgraded with more durable surfaces.
Inside, new LED lights will help maximize the building’s
solar power generation. They’ll also upgrade the furnace.
New flooring and carpets and a fresh coat of paint will
help spruce up the place.
The renovation will also correct a flooding issue that
stemmed from the building’s air flow return being
constructed under the building. This will eliminate the
amphitheater’s sunk in floor, a unique feature.
Nature Center staff tediously removed and stored a variety
of taxidermy and other exhibits to prepare for the work in
early September.
From October 11-13, the Visitor’s Center will have limited
hours. Self-guiding groups must call ahead to see if there
will be access to the amphitheater and restrooms; please
call (651) 249-2170.
The Nature Center and visitors building are open Tuesday
through Saturday, all year from 8:30am – 4:30pm. They
host various educational opportunities and self-guided
tours for all ages. It’s also available to rent out for children’s
birthday parties school programs and youth groups

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