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When the Visitors Center (or is it called the interpretativecenter?) at Maplewood’s Nature Center reopens in themiddle of October, you’ll notice major improvementsbefore you walk in the door, as the building’s siding androof will be upgraded with more durable surfaces.Inside, new LED lights will help maximize the building’ssolar power generation. They’ll also upgrade the furnace.New flooring and carpets and a fresh coat of paint willhelp spruce up the place.The renovation will also correct a flooding issue thatstemmed from the building’s air flow return beingconstructed under the building. This will eliminate theamphitheater’s sunk in floor, a unique feature.Nature Center staff tediously removed and stored a varietyof taxidermy and other exhibits to prepare for the work inearly September.From October 11-13, the Visitor’s Center will have limitedhours. Self-guiding groups must call ahead to see if therewill be access to the amphitheater and restrooms; pleasecall (651) 249-2170.The Nature Center and visitors building are open Tuesdaythrough Saturday, all year from 8:30am – 4:30pm. Theyhost various educational opportunities and self-guidedtours for all ages. It’s also available to rent out for children’sbirthday parties school programs and youth groups