Tamarack Nature Center






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Ramsey County – Tamarack Nature Center

Ramsey County – Bald Eagle-Otter Lakes Regional Park




Tamarack Nature Center in White Bear Township is one of three units that make up the 862-acre Bald Eagle-Otter Lakes Regional Park. Its 320 acres encompass oak-aspen woodland, restored prairie, and marsh and other wetlands. It has four miles of hiking trails that include an interpretive trail and boardwalks over wetlands. In the winter, some of the trails are groomed for cross-country skiing. Osprey and Bald Eagle have been seen flying overhead. For the kids it has Discovery Hollow Nature Play Area & Garden and many programs offering educational opportunities.
















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320 acres




5287 Otter Lake Road
White Bear Township, MN 55110

N45 6.055, W93 2.156



Tamarack Nature Center building
Day Hours


Friday & Saturday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sunday Noon - 4 p.m.



Trails are open 5 a.m. - 11 p.m., daily.




Trails and Discovery Hollow and Garden are free and open to the public. Donations are gratefully accepted.


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Hiking Trails


4 miles hiking

Birch Lake Regional Trail (paved): 1.3 miles




No hunting


Ecological Classification

  Ecological Classification  
  Ecological Province    

Eastern Broadleaf Forest Province

  Ecological Section    

Minnesota & NE Iowa Morainal

  Ecological Subsection    

St. Paul-Baldwin Plains and Moraines

  Land Type Association    

Forest Lake Moraine

Maplewood Moraine


Native Plant Communities*


Not mapped (10/11/2021)

  * Source: The Minnesota Biological Survey, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Division of Ecological Resources      

Natural Features


Oak-aspen woodland, restored prairie, marsh and other wetlands, Tamarack Lake, Fish Lake, Fish Lake Creek.






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Jaxon Lane


Tamarack Swamp (Southern)

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Red Maple - Pin Oak Woodland

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Nature Center Building

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Trail Signage

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Tamarack Lake Fishing Pier

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Cross-country Ski Trail

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Fish Lake Creek

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White Bear Township, Minnesota

  Tamarack Prairie
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Conservation Minnesota
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  Tamarack Nature Center Aerial Footage│2016 Fall│ White Bear Township, MN

Published on Dec 18, 2016


  Marcie Oltman, Director, Tamarack Nature Center
Senator Chuck Wiger

Published on Apr 17, 2016




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Fungi and Lichens

  Honey Mushroom (Armillaria mellea group)   Honey Mushroom  

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American Hog Peanut (Amphicarpaea bracteata)

Box Elder (Acer negundo)

Bristly Sedge (Carex comosa)

Broad-leaved Cattail (Typha latifolia)

Bush Honeysuckle (Diervilla lonicera)

Canada Goldenrod (Solidago canadensis)

Canada White Violet (Viola canadensis)

Common Blue Violet (Viola sororia)

Common Buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica)

Common Marsh Marigold (Caltha palustris)

Dog Violet (Viola conspersa)

Eastern Star Sedge (Carex radiata)

False Solomon's Seal (Maianthemum racemosum)

Fragrant Bedstraw (Galium triflorum)

Kidney-leaved Violet (Viola renifolia)

Lake Sedge (Carex lacustris)

Northern Red Oak (Quercus rubra)

Paper Birch (Betula papyrifera)

Pennsylvania Sedge (Carex pennsylvanica)

Purple-stem Beggarticks (Bidens connata)

Shining Flat-sedge (Cyperus bipartitus)

Slender-leaved False Foxglove (Agalinis tenuifolia)

Spotted Jewelweed (Impatiens capensis)

Tamarack (Larix laricina)

Virginia Stickseed (Hackelia virginiana)

White Oak (Quercus alba)

Wild Black Currant (Ribes americanum)

Wild Geranium (Geranium maculatum)

Woodbine (Parthenocissus inserta)

Zig-zag Goldenrod (Solidago flexicaulis)

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  boreal chorus frog (Pseudacris maculata)   boreal chorus frog  



Fourteen bird species with conservation status in Minnesota have been seen here:


Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus)


Common Tern (Sterna hirundo)

Special Concern

American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)

Bell’s Vireo (Vireo bellii)

Forster’s Tern (Sterna forsteri)

Franklin’s Gull (Leucophaeus pipixcan)

Henslow’s Sparrow (Centronyx henslowii)

Hooded Warbler (Setophaga citrina)

Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)

Purple Martin (Progne subis)

Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus)

Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus)

Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator)

Wilson’s Phalarope (Phalaropus tricolor)


A printed bird list is available at the nature center desk.

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Birds List

eBird Field Checklist


American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)

American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)

American Robin (Turdus migratorius)

Bank Swallow (Riparia riparia)

Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)

Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)

Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)

Broad-winged Hawk (Buteo platypterus)

Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)

Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)

Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis)

Great Egret (Ardea alba)

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)

Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)

Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)

Northern Harrier (Circus hudsonius)

Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)

Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum)

Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)

Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)

Ring-necked Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus)

Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)

Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)

Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator)

White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)

Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo)

Wilson’s Warbler (Cardellina pusilla)

Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)

Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata)


American Goldfinch

Blue Jay


Northern Cardinal

Northern Harrier

White-breasted Nuthatch

Wild Turkey

Wood Duck


Fungi and Lichens


Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Fungi List

  Black Knot (Apiosporina morbosa)   Black Knot  

Insects and Arachnids


Minnesota Bee Atlas

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Insects List


common green darner (Anax junius)

goldenrod gall fly (Eurosta solidaginis)

mourning cloak (Nymphalis antiopa)

whirligig beetle (Subfamily Gyrininae)

  mourning cloak  



coyote (Canis latrans)

eastern chipmunk (Tamias striatus)

plains pocket gopher (Geomys bursarius)

whitetail deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

  eastern chipmunk  



Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas and Minnesota Biological Survey Vegetation Releves Plant List



American black currant (Ribes americanum)

American common reed (Phragmites australis ssp. americanus)

American elm (Ulmus americana)

American plum (Prunus americana)

American red raspberry (Rubus idaeus ssp. strigosus)

American stinging nettle (Urtica gracilis ssp. gracilis)

big bluestem (Andropogon gerardi)

black cherry (Prunus serotina var. serotina)

black raspberry (Rubus occidentalis)

boxelder (Acer negundo var. negundo)

bur oak (Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa)

Canada mayflower (Maianthemum canadense)

Canada wildrye (Elymus canadensis)

Canadian horseweed (Erigeron canadensis)

chokecherry (Prunus virginiana var. virginiana)

cleavers (Galium aparine)

common buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica)

common burdock (Arctium minus)

common dandelion (Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale)

common duckweed (Lemna minor)

common evening primrose (Oenothera biennis)

common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

common motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca ssp. cardiaca)

common mullein (Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus)

common yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

early meadow-rue (Thalictrum dioicum)

eastern redcedar (Juniperus virginiana var. virginiana)

eastern white pine (Pinus strobus)

fragrant bedstraw (Galium triflorum)

garden yellowrocket (Barbarea vulgaris)

gray-headed coneflower (Ratibida pinnata)

ground ivy (Glechoma hederacea)

hoary vervain (Verbena stricta)

Indiangrass (Sorghastrum nutans)

jack pine (Pinus banksiana)

kidney-leaved buttercup (Ranunculus abortivus)

large-flowered trillium (Trillium grandiflorum)

late goldenrod (Solidago altissima)

little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium)

northern lady fern (Athyrium filix-femina var. angustum)

northern pin oak (Quercus ellipsoidalis)

northern prickly ash (Zanthoxylum americanum)

northern red oak (Quercus rubra)

northern white cedar (Thuja occidentalis)

ostrich fern (Matteuccia struthiopteris var. pensylvanica)

paper birch (Betula papyrifera var. papyrifera)

Pennsylvania sedge (Carex pensylvanica)

plains cottonwood (Populus deltoides ssp. molinifera)

prairie rose (Rosa arkansana)

quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides)

red elderberry (Sambucus racemosa var. racemosa)

red osier dogwood (Cornus sericea ssp. sericea)

red pine (Pinus resinosa)

river birch (Betula nigra)

round-headed bush clover (Lespedeza capitata)

Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris)

sessile-leaf bellwort (Uvularia sessilifolia)

silver maple (Acer saccharinum)

silvery cinquefoil (Potentilla argentea)

slender willow (Salix petiolaris)

speckled alder (Alnus incana ssp. rugosa)

spinulose wood fern (Dryopteris carthusiana)

sugar maple (Acer saccharum ssp. saccharum)

switch grass (Panicum virgatum var. virgatum)

tamarack (Larix laricina)

white oak (Quercus alba)

white sage (Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. ludoviciana)

white spruce (Picea glauca)

wild bergamot (Monarda fistulosa)

wild strawberry (Fragaria virginiana)

yellow marsh marigold (Caltha palustris var. palustris)


Acer negundo var. negundo (boxelder)

Acer saccharinum (silver maple)

Acer saccharum ssp. saccharum (sugar maple)

Achillea millefolium (common yarrow)

Alnus incana ssp. rugosa (speckled alder)

Andropogon gerardi (big bluestem)

Arctium minus (common burdock)

Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. ludoviciana (white sage)

Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)

Athyrium filix-femina var. angustum (northern lady fern)

Barbarea vulgaris (garden yellowrocket)

Betula nigra (river birch)

Betula papyrifera var. papyrifera (paper birch)

Caltha palustris var. palustris (yellow marsh marigold)

Carex pensylvanica (Pennsylvania sedge)

Cornus sericea ssp. sericea (red osier dogwood)

Dryopteris carthusiana (spinulose wood fern)

Elymus canadensis (Canada wildrye)

Erigeron canadensis (Canadian horseweed)

Fragaria virginiana (wild strawberry)

Galium aparine (cleavers)

Galium triflorum (fragrant bedstraw)

Glechoma hederacea (ground ivy)

Juniperus virginiana var. virginiana (eastern redcedar)

Larix laricina (tamarack)

Lemna minor (common duckweed)

Leonurus cardiaca ssp. cardiaca (common motherwort)

Lespedeza capitata (round-headed bush clover)

Maianthemum canadense (Canada mayflower)

Matteuccia struthiopteris var. pensylvanica (ostrich fern)

Monarda fistulosa (wild bergamot)

Oenothera biennis (common evening primrose)

Panicum virgatum var. virgatum (switch grass)

Phragmites australis ssp. americanus (American common reed)

Picea glauca (white spruce)

Pinus banksiana (jack pine)

Pinus resinosa (red pine)

Pinus strobus (eastern white pine)

Pinus sylvestris (Scots pine)

Populus deltoides ssp. molinifera (plains cottonwood)

Populus tremuloides (quaking aspen)

Potentilla argentea (silvery cinquefoil)

Prunus americana (American plum)

Prunus serotina var. serotina (black cherry)

Prunus virginiana var. virginiana (chokecherry)

Quercus alba (white oak)

Quercus ellipsoidalis (northern pin oak)

Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa (bur oak)

Quercus rubra (northern red oak)

Ranunculus abortivus (kidney-leaved buttercup)

Ratibida pinnata (gray-headed coneflower)

Rhamnus cathartica (common buckthorn)

Ribes americanum (American black currant)

Rosa arkansana (prairie rose)

Rubus idaeus ssp. strigosus (American red raspberry)

Rubus occidentalis (black raspberry)

Salix petiolaris (slender willow)

Sambucus racemosa var. racemosa (red elderberry)

Schizachyrium scoparium (little bluestem)

Solidago altissima (late goldenrod)

Sorghastrum nutans (Indiangrass)

Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale (common dandelion)

Thalictrum dioicum (early meadow-rue)

Thuja occidentalis (northern white cedar)

Trillium grandiflorum (large-flowered trillium)

Ulmus americana (American elm)

Urtica gracilis ssp. gracilis (American stinging nettle)

Uvularia sessilifolia (sessile-leaf bellwort)

Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus (common mullein)

Verbena stricta (hoary vervain)

Zanthoxylum americanum (northern prickly ash)


American black currant

American plum

black raspberry

Canada mayflower

common evening primrose

common milkweed

common yarrow

gray-headed coneflower

large-flowered trillium

northern lady fern

northern pin oak

prairie rose

red elderberry

round-headed bush clover

Scots pine

silvery cinquefoil

wild bergamot

wild strawberry

yellow marsh marigold



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