About Tamarack Nature Center

Directions and Hours

Visit Any Time of Year
Tamarack is located about 20 minutes north of downtown St. Paul, MN. From  St. Paul, take I-35E North to Highway 96, go east​  on Highway 96 to Otter Lake Road and turn north. Tamarack is located approximately 2½ miles on the left-hand side at 5287 Otter Lake Road (TNC directional map).
Please be aware of major construction detours on Interstate 35E and use alternative routes as necessary.
Building Hours
Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday: Noon - 5 p.m.
The building is closed on some holidays. Please call ahead.
Please note, the Discovery Hollow and Garden nature play area has separate operating hours from the nature center building. Discovery Hollow hours are listed below.

Discovery Hollow and Garden Hours​
Monday-Thursday: 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Friday-Sunday: 9 a.m.- Dusk (1/2 hour after sunset)

Discovery Hollow and Garden are closed on some holidays. Please call ahead.
Trail Hours
Daily from ½ hour before sunrise to ½ hour after sunset. (Trail Map)
There is no admission fee for individuals using the trails or Discovery Hollow and Garden. However, please stop by the main building before or after your visit to sign in. Donations are gratefully accepted.

Special Policies

Sorry, no pets are allowed on nature center trails. You can visit the Otter Lake off-leash dog area just north of Tamarack, near the Otter Lake boat launch.
Organized Groups
Organized groups not associated with a naturalist-led program or facility rental are required to give advance notification and obtain a special use permit by calling 651-407-5350. There is a $50 fee.
Cross-country Running
Cross-country running meets and large scale practices (over 10 persons) are prohibited at TNC. A single cross-country running group of 10 people or less is allowed at TNC on weekdays before 9a.m. or after 3p.m. on a first come, first serve basis. Running groups are expected to check in and out at the main building. In the event another group is currently at TNC, the incoming group is required to wait until the first group has completed their run.


No person will be denied access to Ramsey County’s parks or facilities on the basis of race, color, age, disability or national origin.
Ramsey County complies with Title II of the American Disabilities Act of 1990 and is committed to full application of the Act to the services, programs or activities of the County. If you plan to attend any of the Ramsey County Parks and Recreation Department’s programs or activities and have a need for an auxiliary aid (e.g., language interpreter, large type or Braille materials), please contact the administrative office at 651-748-2500 at least ten (10) days prior to the scheduled event so we can accommodate your needs.
Kids having fun

Contact Us

5287 Otter Lake Road
White Bear Township, MN 55110
Phone: 651-407-5350
Fax: 651-407-5354