Maplewood Nature Center events for August

Maplewood Nature Center & Neighborhood Preserves, 2659 East Seventh St. in Maplewood offers these events: Unless otherwise noted, to register for any of the events below go to maplewoodnaturecenter.com and click on the Register Online Go button. You can also pay by cash or check, call 651-249-2170.

• Dazzling Dragonflies and Damselflies — Saturday, Aug. 5 from 10 to 11 a.m., for children ages 3 to 8 with an adult. This is a free drop-in program. Catch and release dragonflies and damselflies in the gardens and prairie. Use nets and magnifying lenses to help you catch and observe these amazing creatures.

• Tasty Treats from the Bees — Saturday, Aug. 12 from 10 to 11:30 a.m., for children ages 4 to 10 with an adult. The cost is $5/person and prepayment and registration is required by Thursday, Aug. 10. Taste different kinds of honey and sample food pollinated by bees such as blueberries and raspberries. Learn about different kinds of bees and why they are important. We’ll do an easy and fun bee-count to help the bees with the Minnesota Bee Atlas project at iNaturalist.org that you can also do later in your own backyard or nearby park. 

• Bumble Bee Safari at Fish Creek — Saturday, Aug. 19 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. for adults and families with kids ages 5 and up. This is a free event held at Fish Creek Preserve, Henry Lane and Carver Ave. Pre-registration is needed by Aug. 16. Learn about and befriend bumblebees. 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. Co-sponsored by Friends of Maplewood Nature.

• Monarchs in the Prairie — Aug. 26 from 1 to 3 p.m. held at Gladstone Savannah. (park along Frisbie and meet at Frisbie Entrance). This is a free drop-in program for all ages. Pre-registration needed by Aug. 24. 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. Co-sponsored by the Friends of Maplewood Nature.

Maplewood Nature Center is a 40-acre preserve operated by the City of Maplewood and is open Tuesday through Saturday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. The Nature Play Yard adjoins the Visitor Center. Trails wind through oak woods and marsh and are open every day from dawn to dusk. Use of facilities is free of charge. For more information about Maplewood Nature Center and its programs visit www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com or call 651-249-2170. 


 

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