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
Summer Series 1: July 10, 17, 24
Summer Series 2: July 31, August 7, 14
Time: 9:15 – 10:30 a.m.
Cost: $29.25 adult and child; $19.50 additional child; $9.75 additional adult
Ages: Children ages 2 – 5 and an adult 

July 10/July 31: Swirl by Swirl

By Joyce Sigman, Pictures by Beth Krommes

Spirals are everywhere in nature. We can find them in the plants or they can be made by the animals. Put on your “I Spy” eyes as we search for swirls and spirals all through the nature center.

July 17/August 7: Squish: A Wetland Walk

By Nancy Luenn, illustrated by Ronald Himler

Is a wetland just a place that goes squish, or is it something more? Put on your rubber boots and come explore with us! We’ll search for creatures, touch the plants, find some mud and smell the smells that make Tamarack’s wetlands truly unique.

July 24/August 14: Tops and Bottoms

By Janet Stevens

Come along on this grand gardening adventure. Would you rather eat the tops of the plants or the bottoms? Let’s explore the garden to find out! We’ll plant some seeds, pull some weeds and maybe pick a little something that is ready. We may also find a tasty treat in the woods. A yummy exploration you won’t want to miss!​​


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Youth

Summer Day Camp Adventures!
Dates: June 22 - August 13
Cost: $25 - $195
Ages: 3 - 14
Come explore Tamarack Nature this summer with our Summer Day Camp Adventures! Camps run four days a week and cover a wild assortment of topics, activities and programs. Before and after care is available, along with our Friday Favorites camps!


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Families & All Ages

Discover! Series
Dates: June 28, July 26
Time: 1 - 2:30 p.m.
Cost: $6.50/person
Ages: All. Children under 16 should be accompanied by an adult.
  • June 28: It's Turtle Time
    It's the time of year when turtles come out to lay their eggs, sun themselves and swim in Tamarack Lake. Come search for them with us and see what they're up to! Meet Tamarack's resident turtles and discover how turtles have managed to survive since dinosaur times!
     
  • July 26: "Instant" Flower Pressing
    Discover how to press and preserve wildflowers using a microwave oven! Create three different crafts and take home instructions for more ideas to try. Participants are also wecome to bring garden flowers from their home to this class.
    Additional $2 materials fee


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.

Meet the Gardener
Dates: Mondays, June 8 - August 24
Time: 10:30 - 11:15 a.m.
Cost: Free! Donations appreciated
Ages: All. Children under 16 should be accompanied by an adult.
What's the best way to tend a tomato? How should you care for a carrot? Come meet our gardener and discover the surprising ways plants grow and bloom. Have fun helping to plant, tend and taste the harvest. Topics vary weekly!


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Adults

Tamarack Nature Photography Club
Days: Third Saturday of every month - ​June 20, July 18, August 15
Time: 10 a.m.— noon
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.

Discovery Walks
Date: Varies per season
Cost: FREE, no pre-registration required, donations appreciated.
Ages: Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
Organized groups, please call ahead to check availability
Hit the trail with our seasoned volunteer discovery guides for these seasonal explorations of Tamarack trails and natural areas. This spring and summer, we’ll be focusing on migrating birds and summer prairie wildflowers.
  • Prairie Wildflowers:
    Saturday mornings, 9 - 10:30 a.m.
    July 11, 18, 25 and August 1
    Meet behind the nature center building

    It’s the height of summer and the prairie is changing each week. Join us for a look at what’s blooming!

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Contact Us

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