Oakdale Nature Preserve Hikes


Join Nature Program Instructor Alicia Gatto Petersen for spring hikes in the Oakdale Nature Preserve. Each hike will focus on a different element or feature within the preserve. All nature hikes will meet in front of the Discovery Center. An adult must attend with children. Given Minnesota’s unpredictable weather, registered participants will receive a confirmation email a day or two prior to each hike.


Discovery Center


$10 per hiker, per hike


Register online to participate. Registration deadline is one week prior to hike. 


Off-trail Snowshoeing

Winter is the best time to go off-trail in the park! Bring your own snowshoes or borrow from the Discovery Center. The hike will focus on winter ecology, animal signs, and exploring parts of the park not accessible by trail. 

Sunday, February 13 | 1 to 2:30 PM 

Oakdale Nature Preserve Habitats

Within the preserve there are a number of habitats. Using the park’s paved and dirt trails, the hike will focus on plant communities, indicator species, and landscape.       

Saturday, March 26 | 1 to 2:30 PM

Bird Walk

The preserve is in an incredible place for bird watching. This hike is for beginner birders, experienced, and curious alike. We will discuss birding basics and the importance of the preserve for migrating birds. This hike will stay on paved trails.

Saturday, April 23 | 8 to 9:30 AM

Family Tree Trek 

Tree Trek is a collaboration between the city of Oakdale, Maplewood Lions Club, and University of Minnesota’s Forest Resources and Extension programs. The signposts and QR codes are a great way of getting to know the trees and trails in our park. Join us for a family adventure walking/biking, scanning QR codes, and talking about trees in the preserve. Bring a device to read QR codes. 

Saturday, May 21 | 10 to 11:30 AM