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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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Construction work began Monday, August 29 on an expanded parking lot at Tamarack Nature Center. The nature center will remain open throughout the construction process, however the Birch Lake Regional Trail, located along Otter Lake Road near the main Tamarack entrance, will be close. Construction is anticipated to be complete in spring 2017.

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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. – 5 p.m
Sunday Noon – 5 p.m.

Holiday hours

Christmas: Closed - Trails will remain open.
New Years Day: Closed - Trails will remain open.

Discovery Hollow Nature Play Area & Garden

Open daily: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Open select evenings, please call for details.


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.