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Tamarack Nature Center

» Tamarack Nature Center
5287 Otter Lake Rd. White Bear Township, MN 55110
Admission: $ 0.00
Trails and Discovery Hollow and Garden are free and open to the public. Please sign in at the main office before or after your visit. Donations are gratefully accepted. Some Programs have fees.
Hours of Operation:
Monday 08:00 AM - 04:30 PM
Tuesday 08:00 AM - 04:30 PM
Wednesday 08:00 AM - 04:30 PM
Thursday 08:00 AM - 04:30 PM
Friday 08:00 AM - 04:30 PM
Saturday 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Sunday 12:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Ramsey County Parks are open Daily 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset
Discovery Hollow Nature Play Area & Garden; Open daily: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Open select evenings, please call for details.

Tamarack Nature Center is part of Bald Eagle-Otter Lakes Regional Park. It offers both free and paid nature education programs and is home to the nature playground, Discovery Hollow:

Birthday Parties at Tamarack Nature Center

Tamarack Nature Center - Naturalist led Programs and Birthday Parties

Image courtesy Ramsey County

Tamarack offers both Naturalist-led birthday parties and space rental for private birthday parties.

Packages for parties led by professional environmental educators are generally available for 2-hour blocks on weekends. Parents can also call for weekday availability. Package prices run between $170 - $190 and include:

  • Up to 11 guests and the birthday child. At least one adult for every six children is required.
  • Exclusive use of a classroom for the party. You bring your own cake, treats and party supplies.
  • An hour and 15 minute program led by a naturalist in the theme of your choice.
  • Both indoor and outdoor activities.
  • Goodie bags for each participant.
  • Some set up and clean up. You set up and clean up your own supplies and classroom.
  • Access to the Discovery Hollow Nature Play Area.
  • Downloadable and printable party invitation.

If you prefer space rental only, this option is available also.  Learn more about both options HERE.

Drop In Discovery Stations at Tamarack Nature Center

Drop In Discovery Stations at Tamarack Nature CenterTamarack offers free Saturday morning Drop-In Discovery Stations from 10 a.m. – noon every Saturday morning from March – October and the first Saturday of each month from November – February.

Drop In Discovery Stations at Tamarack Nature Center

Tiger Salamander

Visitors are free to come and go from the programs as they choose, and no pre-registration is required. Drop-In Discoveries are led by Tamarack’s volunteer Discovery Hosts and feature up-close visits with live animals, including Tamarack’s resident owls, snakes and salamanders. Participants also get hands-on experience with touchable artifacts, like skulls and skins, and sample edible treats from the Discovery Hollow garden. Upcoming topics can be found HERE or on our Family Fun Calendar.

Drop In Discovery Stations at Tamarack Nature CenterWhen we visited Tamarack on a rainy Saturday afternoon, we were delighted with our experience. We couldn't have felt more welcomed by the staff and volunteers. A little boy was having an exciting birthday party in one of the rooms while the kids and I just chilled out in the Learning area with our Aunt Barb. We looked out the floor to ceiling windows at the wetland habitat in front of us; we enjoyed the beehive (that was safely behind plexiglass); and we built with the tree shaped blocks.

It was low-key and invigorating at the same time. Drop-In Discovery Stations add that much more thrill for learning and experiencing nature. Stations are open to all ages, but please note that children should be accompanied by an adult.

Meet the Tamarack Nature Center Gardener

Meet the Tamarack Nature Center GardenerIf  you are new to gardening or would like to grow your knowledge, you can meet in Discovery Hollow at Tamarack every Monday during the summer from 10:15 - 11:00 am for Meet the Gardener.  Try your hand a planting and tending the garden at Tamarack and enjoy your fruits of the harvest.

It'll be fun!  I would so be there if I wasn't busy with our Giving Garden at church and our gardens at home.  Alas, I am going to have enough gardens in my life that I don't need to help with another one!  But I can see where this would be an exciting summer activity!

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