Education & Community

Dazzling Dragonflies and Damselflies!

(For children ages 3-8, with adult)

Dazzling colors and zippy flights. Do YOU have what it takes? Catch and release dragonflies and damselflies in the gardens and prairie. Use nets and magnifying lenses to help you catch and observe these amazing creatures.

Register online by Friday, August 3, and click on the RegisterOnline-Go button, or call 651-249-2170. Activity Registration #16060.

BLOOMS OF FISH CREEK

(FOR ADULTS & CHILDREN AGES 10+ WITH ADULT)

AT FISH CREEK, MEET AT OAKWOOD CHURCH PARKING LOT 1388 POINT DOUGLAS RD S, SAINT PAUL, MN 55119

Walk the secret and marvelous canyon of Fish Creek to search for woodland wildflowers. Bring hiking sticks, or borrow from the nature center. The trail is narrow and uneven, wear sturdy shoes and long pants.

Invasive Plant Blitz at Fish Creek

Help protect our newest preserve by searching for and marking invasive plants for removal!  Learn Ramsey County CWMA early detection species and use the EDDMapS App on your smart phone to report!  Species include wild parsnip, Oriental bittersweet, narrow-leaf bittercress, common tansy and Japanese hedge parsley.  Parsnip may cause burns; long pants, closed-toe footwear, tall socks, gloves and a long sleeved shirt are highly recommended.

MOTHERS DAY WILDLIFE STROLL

(FOR ALL AGES, CHILDREN, WITH ADULT)

Take your Mom and/or Grandma for a Nature Walk! Learn about some Wildlife Moms on the pond as you explore on the trails with the Naturalist. Will the ducks and geese Mommas still be laying on their eggs in the nest, or will the babies be hatched? Let’s find out! Create a special Mother’s Day card for your Mom, your Grandma, or your Baby to help you remember this special day. Dads are welcome too! If it is too rainy to walk the trails, we will still show a spring pond slideshow, and you can explore the exhibit room, and make a card.

WEED ‘EM & REAP

Help the naturalist weed, and learn during this fun work event! Experienced and new gardeners alike are invited to dig in to the native plant gardens at the Maplewood Nature Center with the Naturalist. By the time you leave, you will be able to identify at least four native plants and four weeds. We will be transplanting plants, so there may be a chance to take some divisions home.

iNATURALIST TRAINING 

(ADULTS, AND CHILDREN 10 AND UP WITH ADULT)

Learn to Track Phenology with iNaturalist. We’ll meet one Friday every month March-May. We will walk and observe plants and wildlife happenings on the trails, and then record what we see back at the nature center. Option to bring your own smartphone or tablet (ideally download the iNaturalist app ahead of time). If rainy, program will be cancelled.

WaterFest 2018

Join us for a free, family festival celebrating our clean lakes with fun outdoor activities and hands-on learning about local watershed topics.

On the water:  Join the Water Parade at 11 a.m. Throughout the day, enjoy the lake from a canoe, kayak or paddleboat, learn to fish, or participate in a fishing contest.

In the park: The fun continues with live music and dance, water games, climbing walls, a jump castle, native plant giveaway, Passport Odyssey with great prizes, live animals, food vendors and lots more!

March Floral Design Workshop

Inspired by nature, this willow basket wreath will be your favorite accent for a springtime welcome. Featuring permanent stems of viburnum, blooming forsythia branches, and streptocarpus, and finished with cheerful ribbon, a butterfly pick, and a bird’s nest, this arrangement captures the sights of spring. Best of all, it requires no water and will last long through the season.

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