Nature Center


Local access to the nature center will be affected by the East 7th and Mayhill street reconstruction this Spring/Summer. 

Use either the East 7th Street (off of Century Ave.) or Mayhill (off of Minnehaha Ave.) entrances. One lane will be open to access our parking lot. Another alternative walking entrance can be found at the corner of Ferndale and Brand Ave.  Please see the trail map below for suggested parking and trail to building. 

Nature Center Open During Street Construction Parking Map2Beware of heavy equipment. 

Please call for more specific information, 651-249-2170.

Thank you for your patience during this time.

What can you do at Maplewood Nature Center?

A popular spot for hikers, families, and all kinds of groups, Maplewood Nature Center is the gateway to, and one of, 14 Neighborhood Preserves. Here, you will find a Visitor Center with live snakes and salamanders, and 1.5 miles of hiking trails that wind through wetlands and woods. Visitor amenities include interactive exhibits, both indoor and out, trail kiosk, picnic area and nature play yard, wildflower demonstration gardens including rain gardens, and more.
Maplewood Nature Center offers public Programs and Events. Have a question for our Staff? Ask it Here.


Make Your Voice Heard!

Help us plan for the future! Your Two Cents is needed for the Maplewood Nature Center Master Plan!  

Naturalist and HKGi consultants are visioning what’s next for our 40 acre site and Visitor Center; including buildings, trails, programs and exhibits. 
Take 7 minutes to answer some questions about how you use the nature center here

What? You’ve never been to the nature center? You can still take the survey to help us understand how to increase awareness of Maplewood Nature Center’s mission and Programs. 

We invite you to stop by the Visitor Center is open Tuesday- Saturday, 8:30 AM-4:30 PM

Link to the Nature Center Master Plan page


Trail Hours at the Nature Center & Preserves: 

Open 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset every day of the year.

Things you can do at the nature center include 

  • Attend a program/Bring your class
  • Have a birthday party
  • Hike/walk/play
  • Learn about the Environment
  • Rain gardens
  • Self-guiding activities
  • Snowshoe
  • Volunteer

Please be advised that no pets of any kind are allowed in this Wildlife Sanctuary. Nesting birds, mammals and plants thank you for respecting this rule. As an alternative, you may enjoy taking your pet to the nearby Battle Creek Dog Park.

Resources and Links

  • The Nature Center participates in Sustainability Projects 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,' and assists with portions of the city’s Tree Program
  • Tree Rebate (PDF)
  • Edgerton Community Garden 


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Maplewood Nature Center Current Volunteers' Portal for Scheduling:

Current Nature Center Programs

Nature Center Programs - Spring 19