National Parks / Natural World

Discovery Hallow and Garden White Bear Township

Where is it at?

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Discovery Hallow and Garden
5287 Otter Lake Road
White Bear Township
Tel: 651-407-5354


The Discovery Hallow Nature Play Area is right next door to the Tamarack Nature Center's main building, which is about 20 minutes north from downtown St. Paul.

From St. Paul, just take I-35E north to Hwy 96, then go east to Otter Lake Road and turn north. Mud, nature and fun will be waiting about 2.5 miles up the road on the left.

Where are we going today?

Want to get outside, get your hands dirty, play and have fun?!

Discovery Hollow and Garden is part of the Tamarack Nature Center in Ramsey County.  Here you can play, dig, create, learn and explore without worrying that you are getting your hands dirty!  That's a good thing!

Always wanted to build a fort and make believe that you are defending your castle?  Here you can!  Want to climb the cliffs to a pretty overlook?  Sure!  You can learn from the very sweet beavers and build a dam in the stream, or get your green fingers working and get started growing in the garden.  And our favorite part - getting dirty!  There is a super fun mud table that you can play around in and just slosh and splash about!

Also within Tamarack Nature Center, there are a host of programs throughout the year which you might just love.  The whole family can enjoy discovery walks, learning about nature and its wildlife, photography clubs - and best of all - most of them are free and no registration is required so just pop along!

They have great classes for early childhood and pre-school, as well as fun day camps for 3 - 12 year olds.  Scouts - they have programs for you too! 

For those super active families you can test your navigational skills at orienteering, or when the snow is blanketing the ground, get cross country skiing or snowshoeing! 

Nature is beautiful, so get out and enjoy the fresh air!

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How much does it cost?

  • AdultsDonations welcome

When can we go?

Mon - Fri 10am - 4pm / Sat 10am - 4:30pm / Sun Noon - 4:30pm

All year round. Closed on some holidays so call ahead. Trail hours just before sunrise to just afte

Teachers corner

There are great programs and camps for students and kids. There are different camps specially designed for certain age groups, from 3 years old to 6 - 12 year olds. They also offer before and after camp care if you need that little extra time.

My Nature School is their early learning and preschool experience where they can play and learn about the natural world. Suitable for ages 2 - 4 (with a parent) for early childhood, and 3 -5 for preschool. .

Any Top Tips?

Unfortunately no pets allows on the trails. There is a separate Otter Lake off leash dog area just north of Tamarack. .

Need a little extra help?

Ramsey County fully comply with the American Disabilities Act. If you need auxillary air, interpreter or braille and want to visit one of the programs, just make sure you contact them 10 days in advance so they can accommodate you. .

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You can rent skis and snowshoes during the season. .

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