Nature centers are one of my favorite places to go with my kids. They’re almost always free, and there’s usually plenty to explore both inside and outside. You can go when the weather is nice and hike around the area, or visit when it’s too rainy or cold (or hot!) and see what they have to offer inside.
One nature center I haven’t yet visited is Tamarack Nature Center in White Bear Township. It has a building, nature play area, garden, and trails – all free.
Saturdays in spring and summer are an especially good time to visit as they have two different free programs going on:
- Discovery Walks – Free, guided walks will give visitors glimpses of spring birds and blooming summer prairies.
- Drop-in Discovery Stations – Tamarack’s Discovery Hosts will be on-hand on Saturday mornings with nature’s most wonderful surprises! Participants can experience up-close visits with live animals, touchable artifacts, drop-in activities and outdoor explorations.
This upcoming Saturday (June 1st) is noteworthy because they will be hosting two different discovery walks as well as the drop-in discovery stations. Check out a Spring Birds walk at 8 am (bring binoculars if you have them), and stick around for the Prairie Wildflower walk at 9 am. Then from 10 am – 12 pm, get up close and personal with “Reps & Phibs.”
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Laura is a former high school English teacher turned avid deal shopper following the birth of her first child. Now she’s a work-from-home mom of six which keeps her plenty busy!
Laura grew up in southern Minnesota and has called the Twin Cities home for over fifteen years. On the off chance she gets some free time you’ll find her with her nose in a book, spending time with family and friends, or enjoying a hot cup of coffee.