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 is open with health and safety guidelines in place. The Nature Center building and restrooms are closed. Portable toilets are available and located near the Discovery Hollow entrance. Drinking fountains remain off; potable water for filling water bottles is available in select locations.

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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 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

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

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

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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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