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Due to COVID 19

The health and safety of our community members and our staff and their families is a priority for the City of Maplewood.

Therefore, effective immediately, the City of Maplewood will be closing city hall, the 1902 facility, the Wakefield Community Building, and the Nature Center to public access. Essential services will continue without interruption. City employees will be available by telephone and email during this closure.

Some nature center public programs have been cancelled while some may be presented as webinars or short videos, please check the nature center event calendar. The trails remain open for use, please remember social distancing. Staff are monitoring messages and taking phone calls. Thank you for your patience, please check the city of Maplewood webpage for more information.

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
  • Nature play yard
  • Picnic area
  • Trail kiosk
  • Wildflower demonstration gardens including rain gardens

Maplewood Nature Center offers public Programs and Events. Other 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
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Pet Policy

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.

City Projects

The Nature Center participates in Sustainability Projects for the City of Maplewood, including:

  • Sustainable Maplewood Project 2050
  • Environmental insert for the City's newsletter
  • Maplewood's City Staff "Green Team"
  • Portions of the city's Tree Program

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