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Service alert - COVID-19

Outdoor trails are open. Portable toilets are available. Nature Center building will remain closed. Discovery Hollow is open and in-person programming is available with health and safety guidelines in place. All programs will follow public health guidelines to slow the spread of COVID-19 and are subject to change or cancellation based on the status of the pandemic. Free virtual programming is also available. 

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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.
Closed during the winter season (approximately mid-Nov through mid-May).


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

Winter Recreation Rental Shack

Regular hours

The Winter Recreation Rental Shack is anticipated to be open Saturday, December 19, 2020 – Sunday, February 28, 2021, dependent on snow and trail conditions. Reservations can be made online.

The rental shack will be closed on December 24 & 25, January 1, January 18 and February 15. Hours throughout the season may vary based on weather and trail conditions. Changes to the schedule will be posted on the Cross-Country Skiing page. 

  Shack hours Rental start times
Monday - Wednesday Closed  
Thursday - Saturday 10 a.m – 4 p.m. 10, 10:45 & 11:30 a.m., 12:15, 1 & 1:45 p.m.
Sunday Noon – 3:45 p.m. Noon, 12:45 & 1:30 p.m.


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