Eastman Nature Center
Nestled in the sugar maple floodplain forest of Rush Creek, this is a great place to begin an outdoor journey. Walk across the floating boardwalk, explore the miles of hiking and snowshoeing trails for a bit of exercise or visit the nature center. Hop on the bike trails of Elm Creek Park Reserve or sit quietly and watch the creek flow by. Visitors may see trumpeter swans, wild turkey, bluebirds, dragonflies and abundant native wildflowers.
Feb. 11–13 | Multiple Locations
Celebrate Valentine's Day outdoors! Go for a candlelit snowshoe, try kicksledding, cozy up around a campfire and more.
More About Eastman
Eastman Nature Center is named after Whitney H. Eastman, an avid birdwatcher and advocate of environmental education. The nature center has something for everyone. Floor-to-ceiling windows entice visitors to do some indoor birdwatching. (Use this checklist and guide to record your observations!) Children enjoy hands-on activities, dressing up in costumes and putting on a puppet show in our puppet tree. Live reptiles and amphibians add to the rotating interpretive displays throughout the building. The building also has a quiet reading room, a screened in and open air deck, large classrooms and an after-hours restroom.
Opportunities to enhance your experience along the trails are available through trail guide sheets, exploration kits and interpretive signs. Just down the trail, let your children play "wild" in the nature exploration area. Kids can dig, climb, make a fort or dam and engage their imaginations, while adults play along or observe nearby.
The professional naturalists at Eastman Nature Center offer outdoor education programs for schools, scout troops, senior centers, homeschools and other organized groups.
We rely on the support of volunteers to maintain the high quality programs and operations at our nature centers.
Give to Eastman
Love Eastman Nature Center? Consider supporting its outdoor education programs, displays and animal care with a donation.
The Wandering Naturalist
This month, we explore the world of black bears. Join us as we learn about black bear research in Minnesota and in Mexico; the cultural significance to the Ojibwe culture and how that influences wildlife management of the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission; and how we can be good neighbors to the bears near us (including those living at Elm Creek Park Reserve).
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