Updated Feb 2014
The Tamarack Nature Center has a nature play area on June 11, 2011. that includes a play stream, mud table, children’s garden and lookout terrace.
The main building rests at the trailhead and has an early childhood play area, live animal exhibits and classrooms used for the many ongoing programs at the center. The nature center is open all year round and rents cross-country skis in the winter.
If the weather permits, grab a nature discovery pass and head out to explore the 320 acres of big woods, prairie and wetland. The nature discovery pass is a great way to get kids looking for items included on the nature looks and find quest. Walk one of the trails to discover birds, animals and plants native to the area. These include red fox, deer, muskrat, mink, and turtle.
The Tamarack Nature Center has programs for kids and adults throughout the year. Adult activities include breakfast hikes, chef’s kitchen –gifts from the garden and nature nourished renewal. These programs require registration and there is a fee for each. Children’s summer programs include Peek in a Pond and The Way of the Willow Branch. These programs also require registration and a fee. Day camps run all summer for kids and provide a theme each week. Sign up early as space is limited.
The Tamarack Nature Center is part of the Ramsey county parks department and strives to bring a bit a nature close to the city. Visit soon and come back often to see the many changes the seasons bring.
- Richardson Nature Center (thingstodowithkidsmn.com)
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