Here's a helpful field guide featuring many marsh plants found in the Preserve

This site guide brochure, produced by the Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District offers a quick overview of the Preserve, including a map.

For a bird's eye view, check out these drone shots of the Preserve from Winter 2018 (starting facing SE toward the intersection of Valley Creek Road and Radio Drive) and Summer 2018.

Familiarize yourself to avoid these toxic plants

History and geology buffs will find this survey from 1999 of interest


We recommend several helpful apps that are easily accessible to Mac and Android technology users. They serve as more comprehensive field guides and phenology lists for the Tamarack Nature Preserve. These apps allow individuals to record their sightings, identify what they've seen and share their observations with others, helping us all learn more about this unique wetland, as a community. We hope you'll share what you find!

iNaturalist is a free app, developed by the California Academy of Sciences. It is extremely helpful in identifying wild living things of all types (small plants, trees, birds, insects, reptiles, amphibians, mammals, fish, butterflies - even fungi and lichens), and engages a global community of scientists and avid naturalists to confirm observations. The app features a specific Project called "Tamarack Nature Preserve in Woodbury, Minnesota." Visitors are encouraged to make observations of wild plants and animals they spot in the Preserve - using a smartphone or tablet - and tag them to this Project. Click here for a link to iNaturalist training tutorials.

eBird is a free app, developed by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. There is a Tamarack Nature Preserve "hot spot" within the eBird app, which suggests birds that are likely to be spotted at a given time. As with iNaturalist, eBird allow individuals to record their sightings and share them with others. Here's a handy "how to" for eBird users.