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Service alert - COVID-19

Outdoor trails are open. Discovery Hollow is closed. Outdoor portable toilets will be available. Nature Center building will remain closed. Facilitated programming is canceled. Staff is brainstorming ways to implement virtual programming.

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Helping people discover the value of nature through play, exploration, service and inquiry.


Tamarack Nature Center
5287 Otter Lake Road
White Bear Township, MN 55110

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Tamarack Nature Center is located about 20 minutes north of downtown Saint Paul. From Saint Paul, take I-35E north to Highway 96, go east on Highway 96 to Otter Lake Road and turn north. Tamarack Nature Center is located about 2.5 miles on the left side of the road.


Tamarack Nature Center building

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Day Hours
Monday-Friday 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m
Sunday noon – 4:30 p.m.

Holiday hours

The nature center building is closed during all Ramsey County holidays. Trails and Discovery Hollow remain open to the public.

Discovery Hollow Nature Play Area 

Open daily: 9 a.m. - dusk (30 minutes after sunset). Open select evenings, please call for details.


Monday - Saturday: 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Sunday: noon - 4:30 p.m.


Trails are open daily from 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes
after sunset.


Trails and Discovery Hollow and Garden are free and open to the public. Donations are gratefully accepted.