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:
Jan. 1, Jan. 19, Feb. 16, April 5, May 23-25, July 3-5, Sept. 5-7, Oct. 18, Nov. 11, Nov. 26-29, Dec. 25
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 Scroll down for information on programs offered at the Nature Center.
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updated: Wednesday, March 18, 2015
The following activities are offered during the December 2014 - March 2015 programming period. Click on the name of the program for a description of the activity and to register.
Spring Break Camp
updated: Tuesday, March 10, 2015
The following activities are offered during the April 2015 - August 2015 programming period. Click on the name of the program for a description of the activity and to register.
- Live Animal Meet and Greet Open House
- Get Growing
- All About Bones
- Raptors Above Us
- Treasure Map Quest
- Build a Bug House
- Spring Photography
- Spring Extravaganza
- Storybook Hike
- Progressive Campfire Cookout
- Peer into the Pond
- Amazing Amphibians
- Family Canoeing
- Spring Birds Hike
Home School Programs
- Signs of Spring
- Photo Phenology
- Aquatic Invertebrates
- Pond and Water Quality Study
- Honey Harvest
- Bees and Beekeeping
- Puppet Story Time: Critter time
- Puppet Story Time: Salamanders in my room
- Puppet Story Time: Urban Birding Festival
- Puppet Story Time: Don't Bee Afraid!
- Nature For the Very Young (NVY)
- Tuesday Turtles Preschool
- Pollywogs Preschool Camp
- Code Breakers
- Safari Escapade
- Map Makers
- Everything Grows
- Bike Overnight Adventure
- Animal Myths
- Outdoor Skills
- Super Sneaky Nature
- Animal Super Powers
- Wild About Animals
- Pop, Fizz, Bang!
- Nature Theater Arts
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