Maplewood Nature Center events in early April

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.

• Native plants do double duty: stop water and feed pollinators  — Thursday, April 5 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. This is a free event but register early. Seating is limited. Deep-rooted plants help reduce flooding, filter pollutants and provide food for disappearing pollinators such as monarch butterflies and non-aggressive bees. In addition, replacing turf with these native grasses and wildflowers reduce problems with geese. In this class, learn to identify 10 workhorse plants and the pollinators that depend on them. Dramatic research on the ability of raingardens to help prevent run-off will be shared and participants can take home some initial designs that will work in most sunny spots.

• Frog monitor volunteer training refresher and updates — Saturday, April 7 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. This free event is for adults and children ages 12 and older with an adult. Pre-registration is due by Wednesday, April 4. Bring a buddy and become Maplewood Frog Monitoring Volunteers. Learn about Minnesota frog species, their calls, ranges and how monitoring works. Monitors must commit to three nights, each in a specific date range, April-July. Monitoring is for night-owls with a keen sense of hearing only. Participants must be willing to use a smart phone to enter data on an app. Please sign up for a frog hike program in May or June if you do not plan to volunteer.

• iNaturalist training — Fridays, April 13, and May 11 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. This is a free drop-in event for adults and children age 10 and older with an adult. Learn to track phenology with iNaturalist. The group meets one Friday every month March through May. Participants will walk and observe plants and wildlife happenings on the trails, then record what is seen back at the nature center. There is the option to bring your own smartphone or tablet. If the weather is rainy, the program will be cancelled.

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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