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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. 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

Westwood Hills Nature Center Future Planning

updated: Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Westwood Hills Nature Center is planning their development and programming goals for the future. The plan will include the nature center facilities, outdoor programming sites, infrastructure and programming needs. The master plan will serve as the vision, guiding principles, resource allocation and action plan to meet the identified needs of the...

Westwood Hills Nature Center Picnic Pavilion

This pavilion, located near the playground, has an open design which seats up to 25 people. Windows on three sides of this fully accessible building offer beautiful views of the Nature Center grounds and the state-of the-art playground.  The building also features restrooms, sinks, and drinking fountains.  It's a great place for meetings,...

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: