Friends of Maplewood Nature Center

A nonprofit organization

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Your gift today strengthens the Maplewood Nature Center and Neighborhood Preserves


Become a Friend of Maplewood Nature! Your gift today supports the Maplewood Nature Center & Preserves -- vital community resources available to you and your family every day. 

Anyone can be a member. You do not have to live in Maplewood to be a member. 


The Friends of Maplewood Nature provide financial and volunteer support to strengthen the Maplewood Nature Center and Preserves. Your gift today supports:

  • advocacy to preserve and maintain the natural spaces you and your family enjoy
  • green spaces where the community connects with nature
  • environmental education that empowers the community to become stewards of the environment

Partly as a result of our advocacy on the city's Nature Center Task Force, the City of Maplewood recently reopened Maplewood Nature Center.  However, the programming is very limited and the Friends of Maplewood Nature continue to be actively involved in advocating for reinstatement of programs.   

A beautiful and enjoyable example of our recent environmental education is the recent publication of a series of videos in memory of longtime nature center volunteer Anna Fox:

 Birding at Maplewood Nature Center 

 Fish Creek: A Hidden Jewel in Maplewood MN 

During 2021, we have been a key partner in the effort to preserve the 77.8 acre grassland next to Battle Creek Park.  The Star Tribune quoted the Friends in a page 1 story on Oct. 15, 2021, "Endangered bird, bee found on Maplewood development sites."


The Friends of Maplewood Nature was established in 2007 as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. For the benefit of the community, Friends of Maplewood Nature complements tax dollars spent on management of these natural areas and the Nature Center's educational programs. Maplewood Nature Center (MNC) was created in 1979 because citizens recognized the need for green space within a busy community. Since its beginning, MNC has provided environmental programs to educate school children and the public. In 1993, the Center expanded its mission when the citizens of Maplewood overwhelmingly voted for a five-million-dollar referendum to purchase open spaces identified by the Open Space Committee. The Neighborhood Preserve system now has 14 sites.

MISSION: To support and advocate for the preservation, maintenance and environmental programming of the Maplewood Nature Center and Preserves, to support the health of our regional environment, to increase awareness of nature, and to provide a means for the community to connect with nature.


To learn more, visit the Friends website at

If you prefer, you can mail your donation to:

Friends of Maplewood Nature

PO Box 28442

Oakdale, MN 55128


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P.O. Box 28442
Oakdale, MN 55128

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