Maplewood Nature Center events for October

Maplewood Nature Center & Neighborhood Preserves, 2659 E. Seventh St. in Maplewood offers these events: Unless otherwise noted, to register for any of the events below go to maplewoodnaturecenter.com and click on the Register Online Go button. You can also pay by cash or check by calling 651-249-2170.

•Wings, paws & claws - nature family fun with ECFE: This class is offered at the Maplewood Nature Center in collaboration with Early Childhood and Family Education staff and will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, for children birth through 5 years, before kindergarten. Participants will make nature discoveries and meet new friends. The cost is $5 per child per class. Parents stay with their children during the entire class, and preregistration is required. To register contact ECFE at 651-702-8411 or register online at www.isd622.org/ecfe. 

•Adults vs. kids - survival of the fittest: Who has the better skills to survive in the wilderness, adults or kids? Adults and kids go head to head in teams to build a shelter, make a fire and identify plants. This event is offered from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, for children ages 9-13 with adults. Registration is required. Prepay $5/person by Wednesday, Oct. 17. A light snack will be provided. Closed-toed shoes and long pants are recommended.

• Bruentrup Boo Bash: This free, family friendly event for all ages will be held at Bruentrup Farm, 2170 E. County Road D, from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27. There will be activities, crafts and games, and costumes are encouraged, but not required. This event will be held outside, so please dress for the weather. There will be live animals from the Minnesota Raptor Center, a puppet show, wagon rides and a sensory scavenger hunt. There are also concessions available for purchase

Maplewood Nature Center is a 40-acre preserve operated by the City of Maplewood and is open Tuesday through Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Nature Play Yard adjoins the Visitor Center. Trails wind through oak woods and marsh and are open every day from dawn to dusk. Use of facilities is free of charge. For more information about Maplewood Nature Center and its programs visit www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com or call 651-249-2170. 

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