Maplewood Nature Center

Maplewood Nature Center & Neighborhood Preserves, 2659 East Seventh Street in Maplewood offers these events: Unless otherwise noted, to register for any of the events below go to and click on the Register Online Go button. You can also pay by cash or check, call 651-249-2170.

• Meet the animals — Aug. 6 from 2 to 3 p.m. and free for all ages. Drop-in program—limited to first 40 people. Meet a snake, salamander and toad, to learn more about Minnesota’s wild animals and where they live in the summer. You can share your stories about real wild animal encounters, if you choose. Make a slithering craft and have a hoppy good time.

• Chompin’ Caterpillars — Aug. 11 from 10 to 11:15 a.m. for ages 3 to 5, with an adult. What do caterpillars do? Nothing much but chew and chew! Join us for a caterpillar search and pretend to be a butterfly or moth. Touch, roleplay and examine their food, habitat and butterfly mounts; craft, and snack included. Prepay $5 per child, by Aug. 9. 

• Super Spiders — Aug. 13, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. for ages 4 and older, with an adult. Spiders are nature’s bug zappers. Meet live spiders; learn about webs and spider silk. Put together a spider identification book to take home. Hike to look for orb, funnel, jumping and crab spiders. Wear shoes suitable for hiking. Prepay $4/child by Aug. 11.

• Habitat Hangout — Aug. 23 – Aug. 26 from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., offsite field trips for middle school students; 12 to 14. Cost is $80/student. Explore a forest, wetland and prairie to see how nature creates functioning ecosystems. Learn about our wetland’s flammable gas, catch pond invertebrates and help save native species in this week-long outdoor adventure! Students will develop and lead a service project, focusing on how we can work together to create cooperative communities. Register by Monday, Aug. 8.

Maplewood Nature Center is a 40-acre preserve operated by the City of Maplewood and is open Tuesday through Saturday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. The Nature Play Yard adjoins the Visitor Center. Trails wind through oak woods and marsh and are open every day from dawn to dusk. Use of facilities is free of charge. For more information about Maplewood Nature Center and its programs visit or call 651-249-2170. 



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