Events and Opportunities!

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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 and click on the Register Online Go button, or call 651-249-2170.

Phalen Freeze Fest 
For adults and kids - Free!
Saturday, February 17, Noon - 4 PM
Phalen Lakeside Activity Center, 1530 Phalen Drive, St. Paul
  • Watch the Legend of Shingbiss (2 PM)
  •  Play boot hockey
  • Fish through the ice
  • Glide on a kicksled 
  • Cook food over a fire
  • Take a storywalk
  • Try winter activities and win prizes!  
Winter has finally arrived! Come on in – the snow is great!  Join in the festivities and winter fun at Phalen Freeze Fest, a free outdoor family event on Saturday, February 17, from 12:00 PM- 4:00 PM. Take in some fresh air and experience the joys of practicing your snowshoeing and firebuilding skills. Glide on a kicksled with Ramsey County Parks and fish through the ice with Tips Outdoors (learn some new tips too!). Take a story stroll, play a hot game of boot hockey with the Polar Devils, cook over a fire and search the grounds for a geocache. 

Stop inside the boathouse for hot chocolate, then return to the ice at 2:00 PM to watch the Legend of Shingebiss performed by giant puppets crafted and performed by Urban Root artists. Stick around until the end for the prizes! Check out the indoor fun for younger kids too!  Come to Phalen Lakeside Activity Center, 1530 Phalen Drive in St. Paul. The event’s sponsors include St. Paul Parks and Recreation, the City of St. Paul, Urban Roots, St. Paul Public Library, Tips Outdoors, Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Ramsey County, Wilderness Inquiry and the Polar Devils with funding from the Clean Water Land and Legacy Amendment. For more information go to this link: freezefest2018

Smartphone Birding by Sharon Stiteler
Free - Preregistration required
Tuesday, March 6th, 7:00-8:15 PM
Maplewood Community Center, 2100 White Bear Ave Maplewood 

Smart phones have changed birding. You can take out multiple field guides, get real time bird reports and take incredible photos and videos of your favorite birds. This program gives you the latest information on how to maximize your phone for birding. Sharon Stiteler, in addition to her day job with the National Park Service, runs the popular birding blog, and has been in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, All Things Considered and on NBC Nightly News as well as making regular appearances on Twin Cities’ TV and radio stations. She wrote the books Disapproving Rabbits, City Birds/Country Birds and 1001 Secrets Every Birder Should Know. When she’s not digiscoping or banding birds, she’s a blue ribbon beekeeper. You can find her on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram under Birdchick. 

Free! Preregister by Monday, March 5th, online or call 651-249-2170. Program sponsored by the Friends of Maplewood Nature. Register at and click on the RegisterOnline-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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