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Service alert - COVID-19

Outdoor trails are open. Portable toilets are available. Nature Center building will remain closed. Drinking fountains remain off; potable water for filling water bottles is available in select locations. 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. 

COVID-19 information and resources

The Tamarack Nature Center building will remain closed to the public for the summer, so it can be maintained as a clean, safe, indoor shelter for day camp participants in case of severe weather or extreme heat. We are working toward opening the building more fully this fall.

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


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.


Temporarily closed for construction and is anticipated to reopen in late June 2021.

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 closed for the season.

Hours throughout the winter season may vary based on weather and trail conditions. Changes to the schedule will be posted on the Cross-Country Skiing page. 


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

Donate to Tamarack

A donation to Tamarack can go a long way in supporting our educational programs for the community! Donations can be made online in increments of $5, $10, $25 or $50. You can also call our office at 651-266-0360 to make a donation by phone.

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