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Explore. Educate. Connect.

The Lee and Rose Warner Nature Center is a private educational institution. Our Trailside Museum, classes, and events are open to the public. For safety and conservation reasons, we do not permit self-guided hiking on our trails.

Located 30 miles northeast of Saint Paul near historic Marine on St. Croix, Warner is the oldest private nature center in Minnesota and features over 600 acres of undeveloped woodland, marsh, lake, bog and grasslands. Within the Trailside Museum, visitors can learn about our public natural history programs, learn how to become a volunteer or Friend of Warner, and experience the Hidden Wonders of Warner, our brand-new interactive, hands-on education exhibits.

Upcoming Events

Fall Color BlastFall Color Blast
Sunday, October 5, 1-5 p.m.

Celebrate the fall colors of Warner by hiking our trails, paddling our lakes, and riding on a horse-drawn wagon! Bring your family and friends for a unique opportunity to visit our bee yard/apiary with open hive demonstrations and attend a live bird banding demonstration. Parking fills quickly – once our parking spaces are full, we will provide a shuttle from May Town Hall south of the nature center at no charge. Check at the gate first! Suggested donation of $10 per vehicle.


Help an Eagle Scout build a bird blind!

Fundraising efforts are underway for a permanent bird blind to be built by Eagle Scout, Jason Roycraft. This bird blind will serve as an active learning tool for Warner's programming efforts. Find out more


Help us build an apiary!

Help us build an apiary! Donations are still needed to support and educate others about Minnesota's honeybee population! Find out more