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Westwood Hills Nature Center offers a wide variety of educational programs for all ages. Use the online registration button below to register for the following programs.

Westwood Hills Nature Center has cancelled all public programs through May 15.  This action is being taken in order protect the health and wellness of participants in the community. We apologize for any inconvenience. Thank you for your understanding.


Family programs

Family programs are for all ages, unless noted otherwise. Children ages two and over must pay and be accompanied by a paid adult unless otherwise stated.

pond studyMay – July programs
  • Campfire Program – Summer Solstice (ages 2 and above)
  • Family Canoeing (ages 7 and above)
  • Life Under a Log
  • Pond Study
Puppet Story Time

Preschool programs

Puppet Story Time

Laugh out loud as the Westwood puppets tell a story in their animated comical style. Puppet Story Time is all ages; those 2 and over must pay and be accompanied by a paid adult.

  • Turtle Time – June
  • Buggin’ Out – July
  • Monarch Madness – August 
tuesday turtles springTuesday Turtles Preschool

The Tuesday Turtles Preschool program will explore and discover the world outside while on naturalist-led hikes. We'll listen to nature stories, create crafts, play games and laugh with our famous puppets. Tuesday Turtles is for ages 3 1/2 – 5 (by start of season) and is a drop-off program.  Check back for information on our fall sessions.

Preschool Summer Camp for ages 4 and 5 is located in the camp section.

Home school programs

Westwood Hills Nature Center is a great resource for home school science learning activities! We can customize our recreation and natural history programs to fit a variety of ages and learning needs. Call 952.924.2544 for more information about scheduling a visit for a small group or home school cooperative.

Home school programs are for ages 5 – 12; child(ren) must be accompanied by an adult. No charge for supervising adult.

Boy and girl inspecting treeSpring/summer topics could include
  • Animals Inside and Out
  • Animal Tracks and Signs
  • Archery
  • Canoeing
  • Fire Building
  • Orienteering
  • Reptiles and Amphibians
  • Spring Birds

spring migration bird walk adultsAdult programs

Adult programs are for those ages 18 and over. 

  • Nature Unnoticed – July