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

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.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Board News

Friends of Maplewood Nature Update

The Friends of Maplewood Nature would like to welcome Sarah Olson as a new board member.  Sarah comes to us through our work with MAP. We are very excited to have her join the board and look forward to working with her on future projects.

The next Friends board meeting is on Monday, August 11th at 5:00 p.m. at the Maplewood Nature Center.  If you are interested in the Friends group or would like more information about who we are and what we do, please feel free to join us at the meeting.  We hope to see you there!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Board News

The Friends of Maplewood Nature Board members encourage all nature loving photographers, amateur or professional, young or old, to enter the Friends of Maplewood Nature 2015 Calendar Photography Contest.  The contest is open to anyone!  All you have to do is take a photo at one of the Maplewood Neighborhood Preserves or the Maplewood Nature Center, download an entry form, drop off your entry at the Maplewood Nature Center, or mail to Friends of Maplewood Nature Photography Contest, 2659 East 7th Street, Maplewood, MN 55119

There will be eleven $25 prizes and one $100 prize! The entry deadline is May 15th, 2014, so be sure to get out and start snapping those photos!
The Friends of Maplewood Nature, in partnership with the Maplewood Nature Center and the Ramsey County Library Maplewood Branch, were pleased to sponsor a talk about climate change by Dr. Mark Seeley of the University of Minnesota on April 22nd at the Maplewood Library.  His talk was very engaging and informative with a special focus on specific changes that have been occurring in Minnesota over the past several decades.  The Friends group is able to bring this type of educational program to the public free of charge through the generosity of member donations.  Please consider becoming a member and/or renewing your membership today. Simply visit the nature center website and click on the Friends link for more information.

The next board meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, June 10th at 5:00 p.m. at the Maplewood Nature  Center.  Anyone interested in the Friends group and/or serving on the board is welcome to attend.