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Family Fishing Night at Phalen
Wednesday, September 6, 6:00 - 8:30 PM
Lake Phalen Regional Park, 1600 Phalen Drive
Tips Outdoors Foundation will be providing Saint Paul Parks & Recreation with a new program: Family Fishing Nights at Lake Phalen!
Tips Outdoors, Certified Outdoor Mentors and Pro-Staff will be at Phalen Lake in St. Paul the first Wednesday of each month through September. Fishing is from 6:00 until 8:30 PM.
Families can just show up. Tips Outdoors will have rod and reel combos, bait and everything you and your family will need to have fun fishing. Their experienced Mentors and Pro-staff are there to help you learn and have fun and success fishing!
Meet at the fishing pier and channel in Phalen Regional Park on the west side of the lake (map). 
Youth under the age of 16 do not need a fishing license. Those 16 years old and older must have a valid Minnesota Fishing License to fish or assist youth with fishing. You can find out how to purchase a fishing (angling) license online.
  • 16 - 17 Years Old Fishing License (Code 138), Fee: $5.00
  • Individual - Adults 18 and Older Fishing License (Code 111) , Fee: $22.00
  • Combined Married Couple Fishing License (Code 112) , Fee: $35.00
Tips Outdoors looks forward to seeing you and your family at Lake Phalen!


Maplewood Nature Center Public Nature Programs
Bumble Bee Safari at Fish Creek
Adults and families with kids ages 5+
Saturday, August 19, 12:30 - 2:30 PM
Fish Creek Preserve

Learn about and befriend bumble bees! Assist bee experts in surveying bumblebees and their favorite prairie flowers at Fish Creek Preserve. Bring your phone or other digital device and learn how to enter your bee photo on Bumble Bee Watch. This event is co-sponsored by Friends of Maplewood Nature.

Free. Register online by August 16 at and click on the Register Online Go button, or call 651-249-2170.

Monarchs in the Prairie
All ages
Saturday, August 26, 1:00 - 3:00 PM
At Gladstone Savannah, Park along Frisbie, meet at Frisbie entrance

Mad about monarchs? Find out why and how monarchs are tagged. Learn about their magnificent migration. See monarchs in their life cycle stages. Take home some native seed packets to sow that will help these beautiful butterflies survive.

Free. Register online by Thursday, August 24, at and click on the Register Online Go button, or call 651-249-2170.

Bee-Come a Bee Monitor
Saturday, September 9, 10 AM - 5 PM
Rain date for outdoor portion is Sunday, September 10
Morning Location: Maplewood Community Center/YMCA 2100 White Bear Ave. Maplewood, 55109.
Bees are some of our most important pollinators, but little is known about the bees that live in our natural landscapes. Learn how to distinguish bees from other flower-visiting insects, honey bees from native bees; and methods for monitoring bees. Participants will gain practical experience with hands-on activities including working with pinned specimens, capturing and examining bees in a restored prairie, and practicing methods for standardized data collection. Participants receive a Citizen Scientist Pollinator Monitoring Guide and other reference material.
Afternoon Location: Fish Creek entrance is on Henry Lane, just off of Carver Avenue in South Maplewood, 55119.
At Fish Creek, we’ll practice capturing and identifying, walk transects, survey for pollinators and learn about the prairie restoration. Data gathered will provide baseline information that will be tracked as the restoration matures.
Participants need to be able to withstand tall grasses, uneven terrain. Wear Sturdy walking shoes, long pants and long sleeves. Bring a hat, sunglasses, lunch and water bottle.
Course will be taught by Xerces Society Entomologists, Great River Greening Ecologists and City of Maplewood Naturalists. Funding for this project is provided by the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund.
Free! Adults. Register online by Wednesday, September 6. To register, go to and click on the Register Online Go button. Call 651-249-2170 if you need help registering.

Bluff Tops, Birding and Bagels Hike
Adults and children 10+ with adult
Saturday, September 16, 2017, 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Fish Creek Natural Area; Meet a the gate on Henry Lane, just off Carver Avenue
Join other bird enthusiasts to explore Fish Creek’s scenic vistas for songbirds and raptors riding air thermals. Learn techniques for identifying birds. We’ll provide the Bagels and cream cheese; you provide a beverage. Binoculars available, or bring your own.
All skill levels welcome. Closed-toed shoes and long pants recommended
Fee: $5. Registration required. Register online by Wednesday, September 13 at and click on the RegisterOnline-Go button, or call 651-249-2170.

Buckthorn Removal Demonstration
For adults
Saturday, September 16, 10:00 - 11:30 AM
Maplewood Nature Center, 2659 7th St. E, Maplewood

Learn how to identify common and glossy buckthorn and the beneficial look-alikes you should protect. We'll discuss updated best management practices, weed establishment vs. native regrowth after removal; followed by a short removal session at Maplewood Nature Center. Bring home a FREE Buckthorn Blaster to tackle the buckthorn in your yard! Wear old clothes; long pants, rubber boots, bring a hat and a long-sleeved shirt.

Free! Registration required. Register online by Wednesday, September 13, at and click on the Register Online Go button, or call 651-249-2170.

Super Spiders Night Hike
Adults and families with kids 6+
Friday, September 22, 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Maplewood Nature Center, 2659 7th St. E, Maplewood

Spiders are nature's bug zappers! Watch a short PowerPoint presentation, then hike to look for orb, funnel and grass spiders. Wear long sleeves and pants, shoes suitable for hiking and dress for the weather. Bring a small, bright flashlight if you have one.

Prepay $4 per person. Register online by Wednesday, September 20, at and click on the Register Online Go button, or call 651-249-2170.
Fall Color Nature Hike at Fish Creek Preserve
All Ages
Friday, October 6, 10 - 11:30 AM
Meet at gate on Henry Lane, Just off Carver Ave.

Bring your favorite walking stick and join us for a morning nature hike on the beautiful paved trails! We’ll enjoy fall color, identify trees and look for wildlife. Bring binoculars or check out a pair from the naturalist. We will attempt the one mile loop; strollers may be needed for young children. Dress for the weather and wear shoes suitable for hiking!
Free! Registration required. Register online by October 4 at and click on the Register Online Go button, or call 651-249-2170.

Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) 101 for Homeowner
Tuesday, October 24, 6:30-8:00 PM
Maplewood Nature Center, 2659 7th St. E, Maplewood
Emerald Ash Borer has been found in ash trees in Maplewood. Join our city forester to learn the basics about EAB damage and management. We'll cover ash tree identification, signs and symptoms of EAB, treatments and management.
Free. Please call 651-249-2170 to register.

Outstanding Owls Live!
All Ages
Saturday, October 28, 3:00 - 6:00 PM
Maplewood Nature Center 
Meet an owl up close and learn what makes these creatures such a hoot! Enjoy a Raptor Center presentation at 3:30 PM.
From 4:30-6:00 PM older kids can dissect owl pellets, while younger ones make an owl craft! Learn owl calls and go on a night hike around the lake in search of our feathered friends. Dress for the weather! Treats and beverage provided.

Register early space is limited! Co-sponsored by the Friends of Maplewood Nature.

Prepay $8 per person. Register and pay online by Wednesday, October 25, at 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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