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Nature center to host programs

Maplewood Nature Center and Neighborhood Preserves is offering several public nature programs in March. They include the following events:

• "Bluebird Workshop." Learn about the near-extinction of bluebirds and their successful population restoration in North America. The workshop will be held Saturday, March 8 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Maplewood Nature Center, 2659 East Seventh Street. Admission is free to volunteers or those signing up for monitoring. For others, it is $4, prepay by March 6. To register, call (651) 249-2170.

• "Spring to Your Senses puppet show." On Thursday, March 20, from 10 to 11 a.m., see wild animal puppets act out their "Spring happenings" and then hike with a naturalist to look for the real animals at Maplewood Nature Center, 2659 East Seventh Street. Admission is $2 per person, to be pre-paid by March 19. To register, call (651) 249-2170.

• "Living on the Water's Edge." Visitors can learn about the restoration of wetland, shorelines and natural buffers in this homeowner's guide to to living near water. The program takes place Thursday, March 20 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Gladstone Fire Station, 1055 Clarence Street, Maplewood. Admission is free, call (651) 249-2170 by March 18 to register.

For more information about these and other Maplewood Nature Center programs, visit