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 newly reconstructed 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.

Elm Creek PDF Maps

Find a printable map of Eastman and other areas of the park on the Elm Creek Park Reserve page.

Upcoming Events

Jan. 26–27 | Eastman
Warm up this winter at Eastman's indoor beach. Build sandcastles, dig for seashells and meet live animals. Play beach games, make a craft and wear a swimsuit to get a prize. Sign up today!

Feb. 10–14 | Various Locations
Make Valentine's crafts with the kids or enjoy a romantic catered dinner with your sweetheart. Some events require advance registration. Find one that interests you!

Dec. 29–March 2 | Various Locations
Enjoy nighttime adventures under the magic of a full moon. Experience the beauty of the parks at night and see which creatures come out to greet you.

Find an event at Eastman, or click below to see upcoming programs!

young boy wading in the water holding a net.

Summer Camp Registration Opens Jan. 23

Mark your calendar! Summer camp registration opens Jan. 23 at 8:00 AM. Camps are available on topics including nature exploration, outdoor recreation, golf, fishing, farming, art and Minnesota history. See camps offered at Eastman or browse all summer camps at Three Rivers. 

The SnowSports Academy offers private, semi-private and public skiing, snowboarding and Telemarking lessons for all ages and abilities. Register today!

More about Eastman

Eastman Nature Center is named after Whitney H. Eastman, an avid birdwatcher and advocate of environmental education. The newly reconstructed building has something for everyone. Floor to ceiling windows entice visitors to do some indoor birdwatching. 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.

Groups

The professional naturalists at Eastman Nature Center offer outdoor education programs for schools, scout troops, senior centers, homeschools and other organized groups.

Rooms in the Eastman Nature Center can be rented to host meetings, retreats, family gatherings, birthdays, small weddings and receptions, and other events.

Volunteering

We rely on the support of volunteers to maintain the high quality programs and operations at our nature centers.

Wild Birthday Parties are offered year-round and are appropriate for children age four and older. Nature-based topics range from pond insects to birds, and snowshoeing to live animals.