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
Winter Series: Jan. 30, Feb. 13 & 27, March 13
Spring Series: April 10, April 24, May 8, May 22
Time: 9:15 - 10:30 a.m.
Cost: $39/adult child pair; $26 additional child;
$13 additional adult. Registration is by series only.
Ages: Children ages 2-5 with an adult partner

Winter Series:

Feb. 27: On the Same Day in March
by Marilyn Singer, illustrated by Frane Lessac
What is the weather like today? Is it the same as in the arctic? In Minnesota, you never know! Come explore the weather around the world and create some weather of your own as we try to figure out what the Minnesota weather will do today.

March 13: Sugarbush Spring
by Marsha Wilson Chall, illustrated by Jim Daly
It’s sugaring season! March is such an exciting time in our woods as the maple trees begin dripping sap that we can collect and cook down to syrup. Help tap a tree and, if it’s warm enough, collect some sap. Plus, try a yummy log cabin sundae or a taste of syrup right off a spoon.​
 
Spring Series:

April 10: Walk With Me
by Naomi Danis, illustrated by Jacqueline Rogers
Are you ready for an adventure? Put on your sturdiest shoes because we are off on an exploration. What will we find?  Are the plants growing? Are the animals out of hibernation? Help us discover spring at the nature center!

April 24: Catch Me: A Jumping Adventure
by Robert Lieber, illustrated by Vivian Young
The marsh is coming alive! Can you hear the frogs? What else can we find? Discover the spring pond as we follow the frogs on a jumping adventure and create fun wetland art.

May 8: Diary of a Worm
by Doreen Cronin, illustrated by Harry Bliss
Explore the life of a worm with this enchanting tale from a worm’s eye view. We’ll dig for worms in the garden, discover the handiwork of worms in the woods and create a slimy project.  You won’t want to miss this!

May 22: Snail Trail
by Ruth Brown
Follow a snail on a slimy adventure! Where is it going and how long will it take to get there? We’ll search the garden for snail hideouts and take on a Tamarack-style obstacle course before planting seeds for you to take home to create a snail habitat of your own.

Tamarack Tykes
Dates: Saturdays - Feb. 14, March 14, April 11, May 9
Time: 9:30 – 11 a.m.
Cost: $9.75 adult and child; $6.50 additional child; $3.75 additional adult
Ages: Children ages 2 – 5 and an adult 
  • March 14: M is for Maple
    Come to Tamarack to celebrate the one time of year we can tap a tree, collect sap and boil it down into maple syrup! Hike into our sugar bush to learn about this sweet treat and how it transforms from sap to syrup.

  • April 11: S is for Snake
    Ssssay there! Sssslither on over to Tamarack to meet our snake and learn about reptiles! Plus, design your own snake to take home with you.

  • May 9: F is for Flower
    Become a nature explorer as we scour Tamarack’s fields to find all the spring flowers! Search for wildflowers, tour the children’s garden and create special flower art just in time for Mother’s Day.

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Youth

Second Fridays Homeschool Programs
Dates: Feb. 13, March 13, April 10, May 8
Cost: $5.50/child, 10% discount on a single payment of 3 or more classes/child!
Ages: 5-10 years
  • March 13: Maple Syrup
    Enjoy the crisp March air as we hike to Tamarack’s sugar bush, tap a tree, visit the evaporator and pour maple syrup over ummy treats!

  • April 10: Stars in the Sky
    What is a star? Discover the answer as we navigate the sky, make up star stories and investigate Sol, the closest star, by using a solar lens to look at the sun’s surface! (Each child should bring a small glass jar with lid.)

  • May 8: Flower Power
    Dissect parts of a flower, learn plant biology and create special flower art just in time for Mother’s Day!
Container Gardening for Kids: Flowering Elephants, Petunia Pigs and Other Animals
Date: Saturday, May 9
Time: 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Cost: $8.50/child
Ages: Ages 8 and up (under 8 with an adult)
Create an adorable container garden to place in your entryway, windowsill or any space that needs a little brightening up! Turn a bottle into a cute animal planter and soon beautiful flowers, foliage and herbs will be growing. All plants and container supplies provided. These make great Mother’s Day presents!

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Families & All Ages

Discover!: Owls, Masters of the Night
Date: Sunday, February 22
Time: 1 – 2:30 p.m.
Cost: $6.50/person
Ages: 5 and up
Meet our resident owls and learn more about them and the other owls that call Tamarack home. Take a hike to look for owls nesting and examine owl pellets and feathers, learn owl calls and more.

Sugar on Snow Party
Date: Saturday, March 21
Time: 1 – 4 p.m., ongoing
Cost: $7/person
Ages: All
Enjoy a seasonal treat for all ages! Learn how to make maple syrup from scratch by tapping trees in the Tamarack sugarbush, collecting fresh sap and watching sap boil into syrup in the evaporator. Taste the final product in the form of sugar on snow, a delicious Vermont tradition of pouring hot syrup over snow to create a one-of-a-kind treat.
Discover!: Tree ID
Date: Sunday, March 29
Time: 1 – 2:30 p.m.
Cost: $6.50/person
Ages: 5 and up
Ever wonder how you can tell trees apart when their branches are bare? Learn how to ID trees by using a simple key before heading out on a hike to put your new skills to use.

Discover!: Calling All Frogs
Date: Sunday, April 26
Time: 1 – 2:30 p.m.
Cost: $6.50/person
Ages: 5 and up
Listen up! As winter releases its icy grip, the frogs begin calling. Discover the fascinating world of frogs and their various calls while you learn where and when to look for them. Enjoy an up-close meeting with Tamarack’s resident frog!

Earth Day Clean Up
Date: Saturday, April 25
Time: 9 a.m.  noon
Cost: Free and open to the public. Preregistration is required
Ages: All
Make a difference this Earth Day by helping us keep Tamarack Nature Center clean and inviting for people and wildlife! This volunteer activity is open to friends, families, small groups and organizations. Volunteers should wear long pants, sturdy shoes and work gloves. For this event only, call (651) 407-5350 or e-mail tamarack@co.ramsey.mn.us​​ to preregister.

Family Yoga
Dates: Sundays, Feb. 1 – March 1
Times: 3:15 – 4 p.m.
Cost: $35/series/person. Registration is by series only.
Ages: 5 and up
Hey, kids! Grab an adult and head to Tamarack to stretch your minds and 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.  

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.


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Adults

Yoga – A Natural Balance
Spring Series: Wednesdays, April 1 – May 20 (8 weeks)
Times: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Cost: $64/8-week session. Registration is by series only.
Give your mind and body a well-deserved midweek treat! Yoga is all about balance, including our balance with nature. In this multi-level, Hatha yoga class, participants will increase their flexibility, strength and posture. Practice poses, focus on breathing techniques and strive towards balancing your body and mind.

Yoga participants should bring their own yoga mat or large towel and wear comfortable clothing. Instruction​ provided by Terrie Arfi.  

Tamarack Nature Photography Club
Days: Third Saturday of every month - ​Feb. 21, March 21, April 18, May 16
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.
  • Spring Birds:
    Saturday morning, 8-10 a.m.
    May 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30
    Meet in front of nature center building

    Migration season upon us and the birds are on the move! Join our experienced birding volunteers to learn about birds of the area, how to identify them by sight and sound, and all about their lives in our woods, waters, and fields. Bring binoculars if you have them. Beginners and experienced birders welcome!

  • 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