Maplewood Nature Center Events in early March

Maplewood Nature Center & Neighborhood Preserves, 2659 E. Seventh Street 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 by calling 651-249-2170.

• Hike by the Light of the Moon — Thursday March 1, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. for adults and children ages 7 and older with an adult. Also, Hike by the Light of the Blue Moon will be held Friday, March 30, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The cost is $5 per person; register by at least two days prior to each hike. Come to one or both. Join us as we hike the trails by the light of the full moon – 2 full moons in the month of March. Peer through a scope to get a grand look at the moon if the skies are clear, but we’ll hike whether clear or cloudy. Discover some fun facts about the moon. Enjoy a hot beverage and treats to mark this occasion.

• Vegetable Growing Basics — Saturday, March 3, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. This event is for adults, and the fee for early-bird registration $25/person by Friday, Feb 23 or prepay $30/person by Friday, March 2. Please bring your own bag lunch or purchase lunch from one of several restaurants located nearby. Taught by Master Gardeners, this workshop is an introduction to vegetable gardening covering topics such as soil, prepping your garden space, seed and seedling selection, planting, organic methods and garden maintenance. 

Each participant creates a design and a needs list for their garden. You will be truly ready to garden after this thorough workshop.

• Smartphone Birding by Sharon Stiteler — Tuesday, March 6, from 7 to 8:15 p.m. For adults and children age 12 and older. This free event will be held at Maplewood Community Center, 2100 White Bear Ave., but please pre-register by Monday, March 5. 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.

Register to win one of Sharon’s books. In addition to her day job with the National Park Service, Sharon Stiteler runs the popular birding blog, Birdchick.com 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.

• iNaturalist Training — Fridays, March 9, April 13, and May 11 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. This is a free drop-in event for adults and children age 10 and older with an adult. Learn to track phenology with iNaturalist. We meet one Friday every month March through May. We will walk and observe plants and wildlife happenings on the trails, and then record what we see back at the nature center. You may bring your own smartphone or tablet; please download the iNaturalist app ahead of time. If it is rainy, the program will be cancelled.

• Live Animals — Saturday, March 10, 2 to 3 p.m. This event is free for families with children ages 3 to 10 years. Seating is limited, so pre-register by Friday, March 9. Get up close and personal with an American toad and tiger salamander; meet a friendly snake. Try on a turtle shell or ‘snake skin’ and watch the salamander slurp up an earthworm treat. There will be an optional self-guided hike afterward.

• Sap into Syrup family event — Saturday, March 17 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. for families with kids age 6+. The cost is $5/child; please prepay by Thursday, March 15. Carry the sap from roots to buds on our ‘maple tree’. Get acquainted with the tools and equipment and how to identify trees in the maple family. Help tap a real tree. Taste maple sap and real maple syrup.

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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