Current Activities 



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.




Frogs and Polliwogs
Dates: Fridays
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 

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

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!



Ski Otters
Dates: Saturday, January 23 or Saturday, February 6
Time: 10:30 a.m. – noon
Cost: $8.25/child/session; $6/child/session optional ski rental
Ages: 4 – 7
Pre-registration is required
This ski play class is designed to introduce younger children to skis and snow fun. Games and activities are played without poles. Parent participation is requested for at least the first 15 minutes; parents are welcome to stay for the remainder of the class — no skiing required!.

Nordic Ski Club for Kids
Dates: Sundays – January 10, January 24, January 31, February 7
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Cost: $44/4-week series; $6/week optional ski rental
Ages: Grades K – 5
Pre-registration is required
Step, slide and glide cross-country. This series is filled with lots of fun on skis. Beginners will learn how to put on the correct equipment, dress for safe skiing and learn basic Nordic ski skills. Intermediate students build upon current skills, explore new trails and have races for fun. We’ll show you how to play games on skis!

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

November 13: 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!

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 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!


Families & All Ages

Parent-Child Snowshoe Trek
Dates: Monday, January 18 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day) or Monday, February 15 (Presidents Day)
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Cost: $12.38/parent-child pair, $6/person optional snowshoe rental
Ages: 4 and up
Pre-registration is required
Have fun with your child on this day off from school! Strap on snowshoes and go off-trail with a naturalist as we follow animal tracks and discover hidden homes beneath the snow. How many winter wonders can you find?

Nature Know-How: Owls-Masters of the Night Sky
Dates: February 28
Time: 1 - 2:30 p.m.
Cost: $8.50/person, includes additional $2 materials fee
Ages: All. Children under 16 should be accompanied by an adult.
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.

Drop-In Discovery Stations
Dates: First Saturday of each month October - May
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 Saturday mornings for free, family-friendly drop-in style programs on a range of nature topics. Stations feature up-close visits with live animals. Participants will also get hands-on experience with touchable artifacts, like skulls and skins, and sample edible treats from the garden.
Learn more and view a topic schedule.

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

Private and Semi-Private Winter Rec Lessons
Dates: Approximately December 19 - March 4
Cost: $40 first person; $25 each additional person up to 4 people
Have you always wanted to get out and learn about one of Minnesota’s great Winter Rec activities? Sign up for lessons with one of our experienced instructors to spend an hour learning how to Nordic ski or snowshoe. Call 651-407-5350 to book your lesson today!



Tamarack Nature Photography Club
Days: Third Saturday of every month - Nov. 21, Dec. 19, Jan. 16, Feb. 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
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. 

Group Ski for Adults
Date: Saturday, January 23 or Saturday, February 6
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Cost: $11/person/session; $6/person/session optional ski rental
Pre-registration is required
Never been on skis? Haven’t skied in years? No problem! This introductory cross-country ski program is perfect for adults with little or no prior experience who want to give the sport a try. Class covers the basics of clothing, equipment and technique in a relaxed, welcoming environment.



Contact Us

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