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.

UPCOMING CONSTRUCTION ALERT: Local access to the nature center will be affected by the E 7th and Mayhill street reconstruction this fall. 
New pavement, and utilities will be installed.  There should always be a lane open; and closures will be posted on our webpage. 
Depending on what is happening we may schedule some programs to start at different entrances throughout the park.
Please call the nature center at 651-249-2170 or e-mail info.nc@maplewoodmn.gov if you have any questions about access. 
Thank you for your patience during this time.

  

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
  • Voluntee

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: https://www.volgistics.com/ex2/vicnet.dll/?from=242584

Current Nature Center Programs

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