For prairie lovers, this is paradise. Jim's Prairie is a tiny gem in the heart of our community. Many consider it one of the best wet prairies in Ramsey County. Though only 5 acres, the prairie is home to over 150 different plant species!
Spring is alive with insects and birds. The swamp saxifrage unfurls its thick velvety leaves, and the wood betony and strawberries bloom. Summer gives way to a riot of colors: meadow blazing star and mountain mint reign. Fall color arrives early in the prairie with vivid yellow goldenrods, white and blue asters, and purple gentians.
Terrain & Trails
The site is flat except for one small slope. There are no maintained trails, and hiking can be difficult due to thick cover of tall grasses.
There are no restrooms or drinking water at the preserve.
The preserve is located in central Maplewood. For directions and parking information, contact Maplewood Nature Center at 651-249-2170.
No pets allowed. Stop by the Nature Center to pick up a site map and talk to a naturalist.