Events and Opportunities!

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Smart Salting: Parking Lot & Sidewalk Workshops
 
Two Workshop Options - Registration is required.
 
Thursday, Nov. 2, 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Washington Conservation District, 455 Hayward Ave. N, Oakdale
To RSVP for the workshop on Nov. 2: Click here.

If you have questions, email Angie Hong or call her at 651-330-8220 x 35.
 
Thursday, Nov. 21, 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Ramsey Conservation District Marsden Room, 1425 Paul Kirkwold Dr., Arden Hills
To RSVP for the workshop on Nov. 21, email Sage Passi or call her at 612-598-9163.

Workshops are for contractors, property managers, city staff, facilities staff and volunteers who maintain parking lots and sidewalks. Anyone who is interested in saving money, protecting water and keeping our sidewalks and parking lots safe!
 
Training topics include application rates and materials, keeping surfaces safe, equipment calibration, de-icing and anti-icing, environmental effects and new maintenance methods.
 
An optional test is offered at the workshop to earn a Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Level 1 Certification in snow and ice control best practices. Certified individuals are listed on the MPCA website.
 
Training is FREE and includes lunch. Registration is required. 
 
Sponsored by Fortin Consulting, Inc. Funded by Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.
Hosted by Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District, Vadnais Lake Area Watershed Management Organization and Washington Conservation District.
 
 

   
Maplewood Nature Center Public Nature Programs
 
 
Survival of the Fittest
Children ages 9-13
Saturday, October 21, 10 - 12:00 PM
Maplewood Nature Center, 2659 7th St. E, Maplewood
 
Do you have what it takes to survive in the wilderness? Learn how to build a shelter, make a fire, and identify poisonous plants. Beverage and light snack provided.
 
Drop-off program; must sign a waiver. Dress for the weather.
 
Fee: Prepay $10/child by Tuesday, October 18 at www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com and click on the RegisterOnline-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
BUENTRUP HERITAGE FARM, 2170 Co Rd D E, MaplewoodThis event was originally scheduled at 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 www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com and click on the Register Online Go button, or call 651-249-2170.


Deer Moon Hike
Ages 10 - Adult
Friday, November 3, 6:30 - 8:00 PM
Maplewood Nature Center, 2659 E 77th Street, Maplewood
 
Explore the mysterious ways of the white-tailed deer! We’ll start with a stealthy hike in hope of seeing deer or deer sign. Inside, we’ll discuss whitetail facts and trivia, factors affecting populations, local deer ordinances and deer resistant or deer detracting native plants for your yard. 
 
Fee $4 per person. Register online by Monday, October 30, at www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com and click on the Register Online Go button, or call 651-249-2170.
 
 
Hike Around the Pond
Ages 5+ with Adult
Saturday, November 4, 2:00 - 3:30 PM
Maplewood Nature Center, 2659 E 77th Street, Maplewood
 
It’s fun to hike in the fall! Create and decorate your very own hiking stick, then hike around the pond with the naturalist! 
 
Fee: Prepay $5.00 for hiking stick by Monday, October 30, at www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com and click on the Register Online Go button, or call 651-249-2170.


Wonderful Puppet Show
All Ages
Wednesday, November 15, 10:30 - 11:30 AM
Maplewood Nature Center, 2659 E 77th Street, Maplewood
 
Celebrate America Recycles Day with our wild animal puppets. Skunk, eagle and more will teach us about migration, hibernation & recycling! Play the Recycle Fishing game then make a recycle craft and have a snack. Take a self-guided hike afterward.
 
Fee: $4 per child; register by Monday, November 13 at www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com and click on the RegisterOnline-Go button, or call 651-249-2170.
 


Turkey Talk
Ages 2-6 with Adult
Tuesday, November 21, 2:00 - 3:00 PM
Maplewood Nature Center, 2659 E 77th Street, Maplewood
 
Learn all about wild turkeys and other winter active animals, gather acorns for winter, touch and feel animal feathers and fur and make a craft.
 
Fee: $4 per child; register by Monday, November 20 at www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com and click on the RegisterOnline-Go button, or call 651-249-2170



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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