A Master Plan for Maplewood Nature Center

Maplewood Nature Center is creating a master plan for the 40-acre site and Visitor Center. The plan will guide future investments at the Nature Center and ensure that site amenities, facilities, partnerships, and programming are grounded in a strategic vision, sensitive to the site's natural resources, and positioned to meet the demands of the next 20 years.

The project began in November of 2018 with stakeholder meetings, listening sessions with staff, and an assessment of the Nature Center facility and grounds. Winter of 2019 is devoted to establishing a vision, goals, and strategies for the Nature Center.  Concepts for the master plan will be developed and refined in the spring. The master plan is projected to be completed in June 2019.

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We need your input and ideas! 

  • In February – Complete the Nature Center questionnaire.  If you don’t have a computer, stop by the Nature Center and staff will help you on our dedicated iPad. 
  • In Spring 2019 – Join us for an Open House at the Nature Center to discuss ideas and potential concept plans for the Nature Center. Thursday May 23, 6:00-7:30 pm, Maplewood Nature Center, 2659 East 7th Street, Join us to preview Master Plan ideas for the coming years. Adults & families welcome.  Planning consultants HKGi and Nature Center staff will be available to take your input and answer questions. Snacks and nature activities for kids, too!  Check out the nature center’s live animals; touch and see furs and more!  Enjoy a self-guided walk on our trails.
  • Anytime – Contact Lead Naturalist Ann Hutchinson, 651-249-2172.