Nature center Boardwalk


Maplewood Nature Center offers amenities such as:

  • Demonstration gardens
  • Hiking trails 
  • 600 foot floating boardwalk with two observation decks overlooking a wetland area.
  • Nature play yard
  • Picnic area
  • Visitor Center

Adults, families, and groups come to hike and explore the wild outdoors. There are many ways you can participate - as an individual or family, either on your own or as a group such as a school, preschool, church, or scout. Our hope is to empower you to become an enthusiastic steward of our natural environment!

The exhibits, meeting room, restrooms, and picnic area are handicapped accessible.

  1. Visitor Center
  2. Trails
  3. Nature Center Yard
  4. Rentals

The Visitor Center is an Information Hub!

The Visitor Center is a great place to learn about what you might see on your hike and nature explorations. The building is free and open to the public, Tuesday through Saturday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Individuals, families, or organized groups of all ages are invited to come and explore.

The Visitor Center is also a place to get information on:

  • Exhibits: See live animals, pedal the energy bike, follow the waterworks!
  • How to Schedule Self-Guided Educational Groups: Groups of 20 or more people may wish to reserve a time to explore inside in the exhibit and touch and see room. A fee of $50 fee will hold your spot for 40 minutes of exploration time inside. Please call 651-249-2170 at least two weeks in advance.
    This includes use of restrooms, picnic area and play yard. Groups should always call ahead to check availability. Scheduled paid groups receive priority in the exhibit room and play yard.
  • Neighborhood Preserves: The Nature Center is the home base for Maplewood’s 14 beautiful open space sites scattered throughout Maplewood. These nature preserves are sanctuaries for birds and wildlife, and provide a place for residents to hike, relax, and enjoy nature close to home.
  • Orphaned and Injured Wildlife
  • Programs and Events 
  • Rentals: Snowshoes are available for on-site trail use.
  • Self-Guided Activities: Check out our fun nature bingo and backpacks!
  • Self-Guided Bingo Hike
  • Tree Quest