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.
Westwood Hills Nature Center
8300 West Franklin Avenue
St. Louis Park, MN 55426
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.
February through November
Saturday and Sunday - Noon to 5 p.m.
The Interpretive Center will be closed on the following dates in 2014:
January 1, January 20 February 17, April 20, May 24 - 26, July 4-6, Aug 30 - Sept. 1, Oct. 19, Nov. 11, Nov. 27 - 30, 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
There’s treasure in the forest! After a quick introduction to GPS from a Naturalist, use one of our receivers to visit special locations and search for some of nature’s treasures. Try our beginners course, or follow the rules to solve the "Critter Puzzler".Geocaching is a great reason to explore Westwood Hills Nature Center...
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Grades K – 6 (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Westwood Hills Nature Center offers exciting programs for parents who school their children at home. Children and their parents join a naturalist for hands-on activities focusing on nature, science and outdoor recreation topics. If you would like to schedule one of these programs please contact Greg Feinberg at (952) 924-2621.
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