Monday, January 12, 2015

Board Update

The Friends of Maplewood Nature Board is pleased to welcome new board member Claire Kiewel.  We are excited to have her join the board and look forward to working with her in the future.

It's not too late to purchase a beautiful Friends of Maplewood Nature Calendar.  Friends members may purchase the calendars at a discount - call the nature center at 651-249-2170 to learn more and order yours today!

The next board meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 3rd at 5:00 p.m. at the Maplewood Nature Center.  Anyone interested in the Friends groups is welcome to attend!

Please be sure to mark your calendar for this very special event:

MINNESOTA PLANT COMMUNITIES AND POLLINATORS
At Maplewood Library, 3025 Southlawn Dr, Maplewood, MN
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
6:30-6:45  Reception
6:45- 7:30 pm  Talk begins
7:30 Door Prize Drawing

Sponsored by the Friends of Maplewood Nature and Maplewood Library

Ron Bowen is the founder and president of Prairie Restorations, Inc., a Minnesota company started in 1977. PRI is dedicated to the restoration of native plant communities and is likely the oldest active restoration company in America.  As a pioneer in the restoration industry, Bowen has been a leader and active participant in promoting and utilizing native plants and plant communities in the built landscape.  His talk will focus on the relationship of pollinators to native plant communities. With thirty years experience in restoration, Ron will share what he has learned for improving habitats for bees and other pollinators. Seed Packets will be available, as well as the potential to win a “Pollinator Kit Gift Certificate” Door Prize (value $100) from Prairie Restorations.  We invite you to preview some books on prairie restorations and pollinators that are available at the library.

Free, Please call the nature center to register at 249-2170 as seating is limited. The talk is geared towards adults.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Board Update

The Friends of Maplewood Nature is pleased to welcome new board member Kathy Jacobson.  We are excited to have her join the board and look forward to working with her in the future.

In other news, the Friends group has recently received a grant award from the City of Maplewood.  These funds, along with seed money from the Friends group and other funds from the Nature Center, will be used to design and install a new sign at the entrance to the Nature Center.  Many thanks to the City of Maplewood!

The Friends are busy planning a special event in February to be held at the Maplewood Library. Be sure to check back for more details as the date approaches.

Calendars! Calendars! Calendars!  The Friends of Maplewood Nature 2015 Calendars are now on sale.  These beautiful calendars make great holiday gifts.  To print out an order form,  simply click on the Photography Contest link on this page. Mail the form with your payment to:

Friends of Maplewood Nature
2659 East 7th Street
Maplewood, MN 55119

The next board meeting is scheduled for Monday, January 12th at 5:00 p.m. at the Maplewood Nature Center.  Anyone interested in the Friends group is always welcome to attend.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Board News

The Friends of Maplewood Nature board is pleased to report on some of our recent activities and accomplishments.  In the past six months, the Friends group has:

- Purchased a new projector for the Nature Center  
- Provided scholarships for Minnesota Master Naturalist training at the Nature Center
- Published a beautiful nature calendar with winning photos from the 2015 photo contest 
- Hosted a program at the Maplewood Library by Dr. Mark Seeley on climate change
- Provided funds for transportation scholarships to bus students to Nature Center programs
- Was a co-sponsor for the Go Solar program at the Maplewood Community Center
- Provided $1000 seed money to augment a charitable gambling grant request (in process)
  to fund a new entrance sign for the Nature Center

The Friends also recently welcomed new board member Maiv Neeb Moua!  We are excited to have Maiv Neeb join us and look forward to working with her in the future on board activities. We still have several board positions open. If you are interested in serving on the board and helping us fulfill our mission, please feel free to stop by at one of the board meetings or contact us at maplewoodnature@gmail.com.

The Friends of Maplewood Nature 2015 Calendar is now on sale!!!  This beautiful calendar features photos from within the Nature Center and Preserves.  Proceeds from the sale of the calendar help to fund new and ongoing activities that support our mission. Please click on the Photography tab at the top of the page to obtain an order form.

If you are a current Friends member, we thank you for your support! We hope you know how important your support is and share in our excitement for all that Maplewood Nature Center offers.  If you would like to renew your membership, simply click on the link on this page to obtain a membership form.

The next board meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 5th at 5:00 p.m. at the Maplewood Nature Center.  We hope you can join us!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Board Update


2015 Calendar Contest

The Friends of Maplewood Nature is pleased to announce the grand prize winner of the Friends 2015 calendar photography contest.  The winning photo, submitted by John Zakelj,  is titled “Great Egret Ruffling After the Rain” and is featured as the calendar cover photo. John also submitted another winning photo titled “Great Horned Owlet Tests New Wings”.  Congratulations also go out to the other prize winners including: Valerie Erickson, Myra Smisek, Dipankar Ghosh, Vicky Sarner, Jean Zoch, James Holmes, Karen Fenton, Michelle Barris, and Mary Selby. 

This beautiful nature calendar features wonderful photos of landscapes and wildlife within the nature center and preserves.  Proceeds from the sale of the calendar are used to support programming for the Maplewood Nature Center.  The calendar will go on sale soon – be sure to check back here (or on the nature center website) in the near future to print out an order form.  They make great holiday gifts!!!

Board Meeting


The next board meeting of the Friends group will be held on Tuesday, September 16th at 5:00 p.m. at the Maplewood Nature Center.  We are always happy to talk with  anyone interested in serving on the Friends board.  Feel free to join us at the meeting to learn more about the board and the work of the Friends group.