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Westwood Nature Center Family Programs

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Camera Scavenger Hunt

updated: Wednesday, July 30, 2014

All ages (children must pay and be accompanied by a paid adult)
Fall is creeping up on us. Join one of our naturalists as we hike on and off trail searching for signs of fall. Learn about how some of the plants and animals are getting ready for winter. Bring your own camera or borrow one of Westwood’s. (Bring an SD card if you want to take your photos home).
Sunday, Sept. 21, 3 – 4:30 p.m.
Westwood Hills Nature Center, 8300 W. Franklin Ave.
$5 per person (resident) / $7 (non-resident)
Activity #7910
Registration deadline: when program is full.



Beginning Archery

Ages 7 and up (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Here’s your chance to learn and practice how to shoot a bow and arrow! Instruction will be given on the history of archery, and the proper way to shoot a bow and arrow safely. Bows, arrows and targets will be provided. (There will be a 10-minute hike to get to our archery range and then back to the building again.)
Saturday, Sept. 27, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m........Activity #7911
Saturday, Sept. 27, 2 – 4 p.m...................Activity #7912
Westwood Hills Nature Center, 8300 W. Franklin Ave.
$8 per person who shoots (resident) / $10 (non-resident)
Registration deadline: when program is full.



Adult Evening Archery

updated: Thursday, July 31, 2014

Westwood presents an evening archery program for adults! Enjoy the time to learn and/or refine your archery technique. Bows, arrows and targets will be provided as well as an archery safety refresher. Throughout the evening enjoy refreshing drinks and treats. There will be a 10-minute hike to get to our archery range and then back to the building again...


Fall Color Paddle on Westwood Lake

Spend an autumn afternoon exploring Westwood Lake by canoe. Meet at the Nature Center and enjoy a fall hike with the naturalist to our canoe launch on the north side of the lake. Instruction in basic canoeing strokes and boating safety will be included. Canoes, paddles and life jackets provided. (1 to 2 adults with 1 to 2 children maximum per canoe...


33rd Annual Halloween Party

updated: Thursday, July 31, 2014

The creatures at Westwood Hills Nature Center have nature games, refreshments and special activities waiting for you and your family. We offer two decorated theme trails: Mother Nature’s Trail for those who prefer bright, friendly creatures handing out treats and Mystery Mini Golf for those looking to play a round of golf in the dark woods at...


Close up Critters

updated: Thursday, July 31, 2014

All ages (children must be accompanied by an adult)
You may have stared into the eyes of our salamander but
have you ever touched its skin? We will introduce you to
many of the live, captive animals that make their home here
at the Nature Center. You will get an opportunity to touch
many of them, observe some of them eating and learn more
about them.
Saturday, Nov. 15, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Westwood Hills Nature Center, 8300 W. Franklin Ave.
Free; pre-registration required.
Activity #7916
Registration deadline: when program is full.



Nature for the Very Young (NVY)

These programs encourage awareness and appreciation of nature through outdoor exploration, stories and hands-on activities. Children need to bring along an adult to share the morning. Register for each NVY class individually.

NVY: Busy as a Bee
Ages 3 – 5 with adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
You’ll be in for a sweet surprise when you see how busy the honeybees have been this summer. We will visit the bees at their hive, see how honey is harvested and make a “bee-utiful” project to buzz home with.
Monday, Sept. 15, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Westwood Hills Nature Center, 8300 W. Franklin Ave.  
$8 per child (resident) / $9 (non-resident)
Activity #7932
No charge for supervising adult.

NVY: Cider Time
Ages 3 – 5 with adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Come to Westwood for happy harvesting and a taste of cider. See how to make cider with an old fashioned cider press, go on a leaf hike, and learn along with the puppets how apples grow.
Monday, Oct. 6, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Westwood Hills Nature Center, 8300 W. Franklin Ave.  
$8 per child (resident) / $9 (non-resident)
Activity #7933
No charge for supervising adult.

NVY: Oh Deer
Ages 3 – 5 with adult (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Take a hike through the fall woods to see what the deer are up to this time of the year. Learn how to recognize some of the clues deer leave behind. And we’ll visit with the deer puppet to learn more about what it’s like to live at the Nature Center.
Monday, Nov. 3, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Westwood Hills Nature Center, 8300 W. Franklin Ave.
$8 per child (resident) / $9 (non-resident)
Activity #7934
No charge for supervising adult.
Registration deadline: when program is full.



Tuesday Turtles Preschool

Here’s a great opportunity for preschoolers to learn lots about nature in a fun, interactive environment. Zany puppets, engaging stories, outdoor discovery hikes, creative arts and nature games are just some of the many ways in which preschoolers stay actively involved from the time they arrive until the time they leave! Each class explores a...


Puppet Story Time

All ages (children ages 2 and up must pay and be accompanied by a paid adult)
Join us for a morning of learning and fun. Each story time the puppets will lead you through books, skits, songs and more to learn about the animals that call Westwood their home.

Bees Make Honey!
Friday, Sept. 12, 10 – 11 a.m.    
Activity #7930

Creepy Crawly Animals
Saturday, Oct. 25, 3 – 4 p.m.    
Activity #7931

Turkey Tales
Sunday, Nov. 23, 3 – 4 p.m.    
Activity #7917

Westwood Hills Nature Center, 8300 W. Franklin Ave.
$4 per person (resident) / $5 (non-resident)
Registration deadline: when program is full.



Puppet Show: Turkey Tales

updated: Thursday, July 31, 2014

All ages (children must pay and be accompanied by a paid adult)
All the animal puppets think the turkey puppet should be worried about Thanksgiving. Come hear why he is carefree. Check out the wild turkey artifacts before the show. Afterwards join the naturalist for a hike to look for Westwood’s flock of wild turkeys.
Sunday, Nov. 23, 3 – 4 p.m.
Westwood Hills Nature Center, 8300 W. Franklin Ave.
$4 per person (resident) / $5 (non-resident)
Activity #7917
Registration deadline: when program is full.



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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