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Westwood Hills Nature Center

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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.

Nature center BuildingAddress:
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
Year Round
Monday to Friday - 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

February through November
Saturday and Sunday - Noon to 5 p.m.

The Interpretive Center will be closed on the following dates in 2014:
April 20, May 24 - 26, July 4-6, Aug 30 - Sept. 1, Oct. 19, Nov. 11, Nov. 27 - 30, 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 Scroll down for information on programs offered at the nature center



Westwood Hills Nature Center Brick House and Picnic Pavilion

Looking for a unique place for your next meeting or seminar for up to 30 people? This house features a large central room complete with air-conditioning, a gas fireplace, two rooms for breakout activities,bathrooms, and a kitchen with microwave, coffee pot and refrigerator.  Plus, a porch looks over the beautiful grounds of this home adjacent...


Wild About Animals

Grade 3 – 5 (2014 – 2015 school year)
Snakes, turtles, frogs and more! We’ll have the chance to take Westwood’s animals out from behind the glass, touch them, feed them and learn how to responsibly care for them. We will also have plenty of time to unearth what lives outside.
Monday – Wednesday, June 16 – 18, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Westwood Hills Nature Center, 8300 W. Franklin Ave.
$70 per child (resident) / $78 per child (non-resident)
Activity #7718
Registration deadline: when program is full.



Nature Center Park Packs

A Park Pack backpack is filled with nature activities designed for hands-on field investigations for all ages. Park Packs include: self-guided hikes, tools for investigation, art activities, poetry, stories, music and games that fit the pack’s theme, each park pack has a different theme. Themes include: insects, ponds, reptiles and amphibians...


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Westwood Hills Nature Center
8300 West Franklin Avenue
St. Louis Park, MN 55426
Phone: (952) 924-2544 Email: info@stlouispark.org