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Westwood Hills Nature Center

Westwood Hills Nature Center is a 160-acre natural area featuring marsh, woods and restored prairie. The preserve is beautiful throughout the seasons and provides homes for many animals including deer, fox, mink and owls. Westwood Naturalists conduct year-round programs to increase visitors understanding and appreciation of our natural world. The nature center is located just south of I-394 and east of Highway 169. Parking and admission are free. Wood chipped, boardwalks and hard surface accessible trails are open from dawn to dusk year-round. Take a peek at what you'll see at the Nature Center!

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Westwood Hills Nature Center
8300 W. Franklin Ave.
St. Louis Park, MN 55426

Phone: 952.924.2544

Park & Trail Hours:
Nature center trails and playground are open every day from sunrise to sunset, year round.

Interpretive Center Building Hours
Monday to Friday - 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday - Noon to 5 p.m.

The Interpretive Center will be closed on the following dates in 2015:
Nov. 11, Nov. 26-29, Dec. 25,
2016: Jan. 1, Jan. 18, Feb. 15, Mar 27, May 28 - 30, July 4, Sept. 3 - 5, Oct. 23, Nov. 11, Nov. 24-27,
Dec. 25

Prohibited Activities:
In order to maintain Westwood's natural habitats, the following activities are prohibited.

  • Dogs and other pets.
  • Picking or collecting of any plant or animal including wildflowers.
  • Feeding of wildlife.
  • Alcoholic beverages.
  • Bicycle riding on trails.
  • Releasing/relocating any wild animal.

Programs - Information on programs offered at the Nature Center are available on

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3700 Monterey Drive
St. Louis Park, MN 55416
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