[Mnbird] Maplewood Nature Center update and request

Fwd from Maplewood Nature Center jb at inet-serv.com
Tue Jul 28 16:58:12 CDT 2020

Begin forwarded message:

As you’re aware, the City of Maplewood has decided not to reopen our 
Nature Center due to COVID-19 and 2021 budget concerns. All in-person 
programming was stopped in March 2020 due to the pandemic for the 
foreseeable future. At their meeting on June 22, 2020, the City 
Council determined that they would like to engage Maplewood residents 
and regional partners to find a more sustainable model for reopening 
the Nature Center and its programming.

To accomplish this, Maplewood City Council has voted to convene a task 
force consisting of residents and partners from education, local 
government, the community and people with a general interest in 
environmental education and natural resources protection, including 
current Friends of Maplewood Nature members and staff.

Among the task force’s goals will be to review existing programming, 
services, and operating budgets, review possible programming 
alternatives, and identify possible funding partners to help pay for 
amenities with a regional focus and/or draw. Another goal includes 
ensuring future programing is culturally relevant to the diverse 
members of the east metro community.

The task force will meet regularly at a time and interval decided by 
its members. Meetings are expected to last up to 2.5 hours. Maplewood 
City Council is requesting that the task force present its findings 
and recommendations by December 2020.

If you are interested in applying for the Task Force please follow the 
link to the application form.   www.Maplewoodmn.gov/taskforce

Applications are due by Thursday, August 13, 2020.

Thank you,

Michael Sable
Assistant City Manager | HR Director
City of Maplewood
1830 East County Road B
Maplewood, MN 55109

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