Discovery Hollow Nature Play Area

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Boys playing in The Stream
The Stream, photo credit: Holly MacEwen

Service alert - COVID-19

Discovery Hollow and garden are closed for construction. A temporary play area is open in the old Logs & Hollows space and is accessible from the front lawn of the Nature Center building.

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Play, dig, plant, learn, create and explore Ramsey County’s best nature play area! Conveniently located in Tamarack Nature Center’s back yard, Discovery Hollow lets you run wild in nature!

Play elements include:

  • The Wood: Build a tree fort!
  • The Overlook: Climb the cliffs.
  • The Stream: Make a dam and learn how water flows.
  • The Garden: Help grow plants, pull weeds and water.
  • The Mud Table: Play in the mud!
  • The Hobbit House: Crawl in and over the house like a hobbit!

Discovery Hollow Hours

Open daily: 9 a.m. - dusk (30 minutes after sunset)
Discovery Hollow may be open on select evenings. Please call for more information.

Garden Hours

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

Organized groups

Organized groups not associated with a naturalist-led program or facility rental must pre-register for their time in Discovery Hollow. Groups with 13 or more kids will pay a special use permit fee based on group size.  Please call 651-407-5350 for more information.

Tamarack Nature Center also offers a variety of group programming options all year long.

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Discovery Hollow Nature Play Area