Neighborhood Preserves

Rolling hills, majestic oaks, old pastures with gnarled apple trees, or a frog chorus await you at the Maplewood Neighborhood Preserves. These special places were set aside by the citizens of Maplewood for all to enjoy. They are a place for discovery where hiking, bird watching, and enjoying nature take precedence.

The 14 Neighborhood Preserves range in size from 5 acres to 46 acres. Many of the preserves have footpaths and mowed trails. If you’re looking for a preserve with a hard surface trail, visit the Maplewood Nature Center or Prairie Farm. The preserves are open dawn to dusk.

Historical Landscapes

Few people in Maplewood have experienced an oak woodland, oak savanna, or wet prairie. Yet these are the historical landscapes of our city. Maplewood is committed to restoring the preserves to native vegetation for residents to enjoy.

Maplewood Nature Center is home base for the preserves. Nature Center naturalists coordinate educational and volunteer programs for the preserves. Join us for a guided hike or put on your work gloves and sign up as a Volunteer Land Steward.

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Current Projects at the Preserves

  • The Fish Creek trail was installed in Fall 2016! It’s not being plowed this winter but it will be wonderful for snowshoeing.
  • Gladstone Savanna will see a new playground and additional landscaping in 2017. In addition, work has begun on interpretive signage for the site.
  • Prairie restoration begins at Prairie Farm in 2017 and continues through 2019.