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.
Nature Exploration Area Closed
The Nature Exploration Area is closed for the remainder of the winter to allow for cross-country skiing on the Monarch Trail.
Elm Creek PDF Maps
Find a printable map of Eastman and other areas of the park on the Elm Creek Park Reserve page.
Ongoing | Multiple Locations
Students can fulfill curriculum needs and personal interests while developing an understanding of science, the natural world, art and more!
Feb. 7-16 | Multiple Locations
Celebrate Valentine's day outdoors! Go for a candlelit snowshoe, try kicksledding, cozy up around a campfire and more.
All Programs and Events
See all upcoming programs and events at Eastman.
New for the 2020-21 season: Snowshoes can be reserved from Eastman up to seven days in advance as snow conditions allow. Reserve your snowshoes online or over the phone by calling 763.559.6700. Advanced reservations are required.
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 cell phone audio stops, 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.
Give to Eastman
Love Eastman Nature Center? Consider supporting its outdoor education programs, displays and animal care with a donation.
We rely on the support of volunteers to maintain the high quality programs and operations at our nature centers.
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