Current Activities 

 

Registration​

Unless otherwise noted, pre-registration is required for all programs at Tamarack Nature Center. Early registration is encouraged, as programs can fill up fast. ​Registration is accepted online, by phone and in person at Tamarack Nature Center. 
  • Online: Secure online reservation is available by clicking the button at the right. Online registration guarantees your place in the program at time of registration.
  • Phone: Call 651-407-5350 between 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday.
  • In Person: Stop by Tamarack Monday - Friday between 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Payment Information:
Full payment is due at registration. Check, cash, Discover, Visa and MasterCard accepted.

 

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Preschool

Frogs and Polliwogs
Dates: Fridays
Fall Series: September 18, October 2, 16 & 30
Winter Series: January 29, February 12 & 26, March 11
Time: 9:15 – 10:30 a.m.
Cost: $39 adult and child; $26 additional child; $13 additional adult
Ages: Children ages 2 – 5 and an adult 

Fall Series

September 18: Jack's Garden

By Henry Cole

The garden is in full bloom and we'll explore every nook and cranny. We'll look for bugs and blossoms, harvest ripe and ready vegetables and help put the garden to bed for the winter.

October 2: Johnny Appleseed

By Rosemary and Stephen Vincent Benet

Autumn is apple time! We'll taste different apple varieties, make homemade apple cider, search for the little red house and plant some apple seeds of our own!

October 16: Mousekin's Golden House

By Edna Miller

What happens to our jack-o-lantern after Halloween? We'll hike to find Jack a place to spend the winter and help some woodland animals find the food and shelter they need.

October 30: Possum's Harvest Moon

By Anne Hunter

Come to Possum's "Harvest Soireee" to celebrate the season for thanksgiving and the coming of winter. We'll have munchies and music and we'll eat and dance until it's time to go home for winter's long sleep.​​


Winter Series

January 29: Ridiculous

By Michael Coleman, pictures by Gwyneth Williamson

"A tortoise out in the winter? Ridiculous!" Shelley tortoise doesn't think so. Find out what happens when a tortoise ventures out into winter. Then, have some fun interacting with the turtles of Tamarack, make a turtle puppet and have a turtle good time.

February 12: Owl Babies

By Martin Waddell, Illustrated by Patrick Benson

Have you ever wondered what it is like to be a baby owl? Join Sarah, Percy and Bill to find out. We will play with feathers, hoot like owls and go on an owl hunt. Can you find the owl hiding in the tree?

February 26: Snow Dance

By Lezlie Evans, Illustrated by Cynthia Jabar

How much fun can you have in the snow? Plenty! We will want to see your snow dance when you get here! Then you can help build a Tamarack snow creature, make snow cream and show us your best snow angel. In the absence of snow, we will still have a ton of fun.

March 11: Wipe Your Feet

By Daniel Lehan

March can be muddy, but don't leave your tracks all around the house. What kind of tracks do you think we can find at the nature center? Play nature detective as we hunt down the animals of winter, create track pictures and play a track matching game.


Tamarack Tykes
Dates: Saturdays
Time: 9:30 - 11:00 a.m.
Cost: $9.75 adult and child; $6.50 additional child; $3.75 additional adult

September 12: W is for Water

Who likes to get wet? We do! Come play in Tamarack's water stream as we learn about the water cycle, what sinks or floats, and what the word "dissolve" means. Bring extra clothes, just in case!

October 10​​: A is for Apple

Get ready for some yummy apple cider! Besides using Tamarack's apple cider press to make the cider, we will make apple art, hear apple stories and explore fall seeds. Bring two apples; one for the cider and one to make applesauce!

November 14: R is for Recycling

Be crafty with paper, scissors, glue and glitter! We will make gift paper and name place tags as we learn about paper and how we can Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.

February 13: B is for Birds

Birds eat a lot more than just worms! Have fun with beasks and "eat like a bird," hike to look for winter bird residents, and create a feeder to take home.

March 12: R is for Rocks

Discover all about rocks! You will have fun sorting and playing games with rocks. Learn about how mountains are made and eat your experiments!



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Youth

Second Fridays Homeschool Programs
Dates: September 11, 2015 - May 13, 2016
Time: 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Cost: $5.50 per child. 10 percent discount on a single payment of three or more classes per child.
Ages: 5-10

September 11: Go with the flow

Make a water cycle bracelet and having fun playing in the water stream are part of how we will learn about the water cycle and how we can care for the precious H20 that is so important to us and the world around us. We will probably get wet, so bring extra clothes!

October 9: Apple Cider

Get ready for some yummy apple cider! Besides using Tamarack's apple cider press to make the cider, we will make apple art, hear apple stories and explore fall seeds. Bring two apples; one for the cider and one to make applesauce!

November 13: Paper Crafts

Be crafty with paper, scissors, glue and glitter! We will make gift paper and name place tags as we learn about paper and how we can Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.

February 12: Feathered Friends

Birds eat a lot more than just worms! Have fun with beasks and "eat like a bird," hike to look for winter bird residents, and create a feeder to take home.

March 11: Geology Rocks

Discover all about rocks, from minerals to mountains. You will have fun playing a rock-cycle game, testing minerals and eating your experiments! "If it was not grown, it came from the earth" is what geology is all about

Additional materials fee: $1/person

April 8: Down and Dirty

You'll need old clothes for this class as we dig into the dirt with everything from shovels to microscopes! Discover how to use a soil corer, find out what makes the soil rich or sandy, eat a "dirt snack" and check out Tamarack's resident worms.

May 13: Animal Homes, Animal Families

Homes are where families sleep, eat and raise their young...be they insect, bird or mouse. Experience the wonder of searching for nests and young, listen to frogs sing, dance like a redwing, and play a deer game!


Day Camp registration begins Tuesday, February 9, 2016!


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Families & All Ages

Nature Know-How Series
Dates: September 27, February 28
Time: 1 - 2:30 p.m.
Cost: $6.50/person
Ages: All. Children under 16 should be accompanied by an adult.
  • September 27: Spidey Senses
    Learn how spiders use their super powered spider senses to survive. We’ll go out and catch spiders and discover their amazing survival strategies.

  • February 28:  Owls-Masters of the Night Sky
    Meet our resident owls learn more about them and other owls that call Tamarack Nature Center home. Take a hike to look for owlʼs nesting and examine owl pellets, feathers, learn owl calls and more.
    Additional materials fee: $2.00/person



Drop-In Discovery Stations
Dates: First Saturday of each month October - May; every Saturday June - September
Time: ​10 a.m. - noon, come and go as you please
Cost: Free! No registration required; donations appreciated.
Ages: All. Children under 16 should be accompanied by an adult.​
​​​Join us every Saturday morning June - September and the first Saturday of each month October - May for free, family-friendly drop-in style programs on a range of nature topics. Stations feature up-close visits with live animals, including Tamarack’s resident owls, snakes and salamanders. Participants will also get hands-on experience with touchable artifacts, like skulls and skins, and sample edible treats from the Discovery Hollow garden.
Learn more and view a topic schedule.

Invasive Plant Work Day: Garlic Mustard
Date: October 10
Time: 9:00 a.m. - Noon
Cost: Free! Pre-registration is required.
Ages: All. Youth under the age of 16 should be accompanied by an adult.

We need adult and student volunteers to pull invasive Garlic Mustard plants one last time this season before the snow flies! Training provided. Volunteers should wear long pants, sturdy shoes, and work gloves. Parental consent required for all youth. Students under the age of 16 will need to be accompanied by an adult. Please pre-register by contacting Melanie Harding at (651) 407-5350 or melanie.harding@co.ramsey.mn.us.

Tamarack Trick or Treat
Date: October 24
Time: Ongoing, 3:00-5:30 p.m.
Cost: $7.50/child; $3.25/adult
Register for start times of 3:00 p.m., 3:20 p.m., 3:40 p.m. or 4:00 p.m. Activities take approximately 75 minutes to complete.
Bring your favorite little gremlin to a Halloween party designed just for them. Deliberately low-key, this non-spooky event includes games, old fashioned hand-pressed cider and some close encounters with live animals. Enjoy friendly costumed characters handing out treats along our prairie loop trail and spend time in our nature play area, Discovery Hollow. This is a very popular event, so register early!


Buckthorn Brigade

Date: November 7

Time: 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Cost: Free! Pre-registration required

Ages: 8 and up

Call 651-407-5350 or email melanie.harding@co.ramsey.mn.us to register.

All you ever wanted to know about buckthorn! If you or your group is interested in controlling buckthorn at home or on Ramsey County land, this informative hands-on program is for you. Participants will learn why these exotic species are invasive, how to identify common and smooth buckthorn, and how to control and dispose of buckthorn safely. Dress for the weather and be sure to wear sturdy shoes. Parental consent required for all youth. Students under the age of 16 need to be accompanied by an adult.


Family Yoga

Dates: Sundays, January 24-February 28

Time: 3:15 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Cost: $63 per adult/youth pair; $42 additional child; $21 additional adults.

Ages: 5 and up

Hey Kids! Grab and adult and head to Tamarack to stretch your minds and your bodies. This non-competitive form of exercise helps develop flexibility, strength and balance as you learn to listen to your body and learn breathing techniques. Yoga participants should bring their own yoga mat or large towel and wear comfortable clothing. Instruction provided by Terrie Arfi





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Adults

Tamarack Nature Photography Club
Days: Third Saturday of every month - ​September 19, October 17, November 21, December 19, January 16, February 20
Time: 10 a.m. — 2 p.m.
Cost: Free, preregistration not required
Are you interested in learning more about photography techniques, improving your skills, mastering equipment, or participating in photo-related projects? This is a joint activity with the 3M Camera Club, and experienced 3M Club members lead the meetings. The club meets monthly year-round.

Yoga: A Natural Balance
Date: Wednesdays
Fall session: September 16 - November 4
Winter session: January 6 - February 24
Time: 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Cost:​ $64 per eight-week series
Yoga is all about balance, including our balance with nature. In this multi-level, Hatha yoga class, increase your flexibility, strength and posture. Practice poses, focus breathing techniques and strive towards balancing bodies and minds. Yoga participants should bring their own yoga mat or large towel and wear comfortable clothing.
Instruction provided by Terrie Arfi. 

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Contact Us

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