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Meet the Animals
All Ages
Saturday, December 2, 2:00 - 3:00 PM
Maplewood Nature Center, 2659 E 77th Street, Maplewood

Meet a snake and salamander, learn more about Minnesota's wild animals and where they are in the winter. Share your stories about wild animal encounters, if you choose. Wild animal crafts and wild animal activities for all ages too!
 
This is a free, drop-in event.


Winter Wisdom
Ages 6+ with an Adult or 14+ and Up
Saturday, December 9, 1:00 - 3:00 PM
Maplewood Nature Center, 2659 E 77th Street, Maplewood
 
New to Minnesota or wanting to enjoy winter outdoors? If dressed properly, you will stay warm and enjoy winter, even on the coldest day! Learn how to avoid frostbite, hypothermia and sunburn. Test insulating properties of different materials, learn how to calculate wind-chill and make a solar bead zipper pull for your jacket. We’ll try snowshoeing if we have snow!
 
Free; registration required by Thursday, December 7, at www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com and click on the RegisterOnline-Go button, or call 651-249-2170.
  
 
S'MORE Nature Fun
All Ages
Saturday, December 30, 1:30 - 3:00 PM
Maplewood Nature Center, 2659 E 77th Street, Maplewood
 
It's FUN to be outside in the wintertime! Take a walk or snowshoe down to the pond with the naturalist for a fun exploration then make some Smore’s on the campfire. Yum! Gluten-free and vegan S’more options available upon request.
 
Fee: $5/person. Register by Thursday, December 28, at www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com and click on the Register Online Go button, or call 651-249-2170.
 
 
Snow Flake Wonders
All Ages
Saturday, January 6, 1:00 - 3:00 PM
Maplewood Nature Center, 2659 E 77th Street, Maplewood

Cut and create beautiful snowflakes for your windows. Learn how snowflakes are formed in the sky. Peer at preserved snowflake crystals up close on the micro-cam. Rent snowshoes for the day (if there is snow). Snowshoe rental is $5 a pair.
 
Drop in for a half-hour of self-guided activities or stay for the whole time. The Nature Center exhibits and trails will be open.

This is a free, drop-in event.

 
 
Winter Open House: Snowshoes & Tracks
All Ages
Saturday, January 13, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Maplewood Nature Center, 2659 E 77th Street, Maplewood
 
  • Learn how to walk, run and turn around on snowshoes
  • Learn about animal tracks and signs from self-guided activities.
  • Have a naturalist answer your nature questions and orient you to the Nature Center trails.
  • Try wood or metal snowshoes. Wood snowshoes require 6+ inches of snow. Sleds will also be available for pulling young children.
  • Snowshoes available to rent for ages 4-adult.$5/pair.

Dress in layers and wear warm boots. Hot chocolate for all attendees.
This is a free, drop-in event.



Fur Trade Heritage
For adults and kids ages 6 and up
Saturday, January 27, 1:30 - 2:30 PM
Maplewood Nature Center, 2659 E 77th Street, Maplewood
 
  • Assume the persona of a voyageur from this historical era.
  • Examine historical replicas of fur trade items.
  • Make a spark from flint and steel. Drill a hole with a pump drill.
  • Try on a capote and moustache and practice your French Accent ... ooh la la, c'est fun!
  • Showshoe rental available afterward, $5/pair.
 
Fee: $5/person. Register and prepay by January 26, at www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com and click on the Register Online Go button, or call 651-249-2170.
 
  

 
Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed Board Meetings
First Wednesday of the month, 6:30 PM - Meetings are open to the public.
Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District, 2665 Noel Drive, Little Canada, 55117

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