Nature Play

TWIN CITIES NATURE PLAY & OUTDOOR INTERPRETIVE CENTERS

Call it Vitamin G for GREEN: there is a strong connection between nature and the development and well-being of children. Get your daily serving through a rich supply of resources in the beautiful parks and natural spaces of the Twin Cities. This page highlights (jump to):

Twin Cities Nature Centers & Outdoor Interpretive Centers

Twin Cities nature-based playgrounds

Nature play ideas – at home or park-based exploration

 

MINNEAPOLIS & ST PAUL NATURE CENTERS

Carl Kroening Interpretive Center | Minneapolis

Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden & Bird Sanctuary | Minneapolis

Como Zoo: Visitor Center, Conservatory & Ordway Gardens | St. Paul

Fort Snelling State Park Visitor Center | St Paul

(Thomas C. Savage Visitor Center)

  • Eloise Butler Wildflower & Bird Sanctuary
  • Como ConservatoryComo Conservatory
  • Carl Kroening Interpretive Center
  • Fort Snelling Visitor Center

TWIN CITIES NORTHWEST METRO NATURE CENTERS

Coon Rapids Dam Visitor Center | Brooklyn Park

Springbrook Nature Center | Fridley

Eastman Nature Center | Maple Grove

Harriet Alexander Nature Center | Roseville

  • Coon Rapids Dam Regional ParkCoon Rapids Dam
  • Eastman Nature Center
  • Eastman Nature CenterEastman Nature Center
  • Springbrook Nature Center
  • Harriet Alexander Nature Center

TWIN CITIES NORTHEAST METRO NATURE CENTERS

Maplewood Nature Center, Maplewood

Oakdale Nature Preserve & Discovery Center, Oakdale

Tamarack Nature Center, White Bear Lake

Wildlife Science Center, Columbus

Wargo Nature Center, Lino Lakes

  • Maplewood Nature CenterMaplewood Nature Center
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  • Girl balancing on large log at Discovery Hollow, Tamarack Nature Center

TWIN CITIES SOUTHEAST METRO NATURE CENTERS

Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center, Hastings

Dodge Nature Center & Farm, West St. Paul

Lebanon Hills Regional Park Visitor Center, Eagan

  • Carpenter Nature Center
  • Wild Turkey at Dodge Nature CenterDodge Nature Center
  • Dodge BarnDodge Nature Center
  • Lebanon Hills Visitor Center
  • Lebanon Hills Park

TWIN CITIES SOUTHWEST METRO NATURE CENTERS

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Chaska

Eden Prairie Outdoor Center, Eden Prairie

Lowry Nature Center, Victoria

Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge’s Education & Visitor Center, Bloomington

Richardson Nature Center, Bloomington

Westwood Hills Nature Center, St. Louis Park

Wood Lake Nature Center, Richfield

  • Minnesota Landscape ArboretumMinnesota Landscape Arboretum
  • Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
  • Eden Prairie Outdoor Center
  • Lowry Nature Center
  • Richardson Nature Center
  • Measuring Wingspan at Wood Lake Nature CenterWood Lake Nature Center

TWIN CITIES NATURE PLAYGROUNDS

These green play spaces rely on natural building and climbing materials, sand and water play and a big dose of creativity! We love observing our kids interacting with the landscape and, perhaps, developing a greater appreciation for it. Here’s our quick list of Twin Cities nature playgrounds:

Read more: Get Back to Green at These Twin Cities Nature Playgrounds

BLOOMINGTON: Richardson Nature Center – Nature Exploration Area

BURNSVILLE: Terrace Oaks East Park – Nature Play

CHANHASSEN: Minnesota Landscape ArboretumGreen Play Yard

EAGAN: Patrick Eagan ParkNature Play Area

FARMINGTON: Whitetail Woods Regional ParkFawn Crossing Nature Play Area

FRIDLEY: Springbrook Nature CenterNature-based Play Area

LINO LAKES: Wargo Nature CenterMaple Hollow Nature Play Area

MAPLEWOOD: Maplewood Nature CenterNature Play Yard

RICHFIELD: Wood Lake Nature CenterRichfield

VICTORIA: Lowry Nature CenterNature Exploration Area

WHITE BEAR LAKE: Tamarack Nature CenterDiscovery Hollow & Garden


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