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About Environmental Education

Saint Paul is an ecosystem with many diverse and interconnected parts that rely on each other to survive and thrive. Our ecosystem fares best when all people understand the relationships between human and natural systems and the actions that we can all take to support a holistically healthy ecosystem.

We offer a variety of activities throughout the year for folks to discover, celebrate, and protect the natural resources of our city. 

Come out and discover the nature of Saint Paul with us!

Public Programs

Join Saint Paul Natural Resources and our partners as we explore the outdoors with nature-based events and activities in Saint Paul. Activities are free or low-cost, and special equipment is provided. 


Types of programs we offer include:

  • Special events for the whole family
    • Dragonfly Bonanza
    • Urban Birding Festival
  • Community Science Surveys
    • Aquatic Macroinvertebrates
    • Flowering Plants
    • Small Mammals
  • Environmental Literacy Activities
    • Blacklight Insect Hike
    • In-Hive Honeybee Experience
    • Owl Prowl
  • Interpretive tours

Group Programs

Connect with us for more information about:

  • Field trips - Place-based environmental education and stewardship opportunities for children and youth.
  • In-hive honey bee classes - Interested in learning about honey bees? Contact us to learn about opportunities to put on bee suits and get a close-up view of a bee colony.
  • Volunteer events - Come out and help us restore and preserve our natural resources!

Other Resources

Looking for support and resources for bringing your family or students outside in Saint Paul's parks? Connect with us to learn about:


We are grateful for support from the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment; Capitol Region Watershed District; Cities Connecting Children to Nature partners; Minnesota Historical Society; Cargill; and REI.

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Last Edited: December 16, 2019