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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.


38th Annual Halloween Party

Oct. 18 and 19, 6:30 - 9 p.m.
The Rec Center, 3700 Monterey Drive

This year the Westwood Halloween Party is joining the Little Goblin Bash at The Rec Center and ROC. Wear your costumes
and enjoy a variety of indoor and outdoor activities. Boo-gie down to some tunes with DJ Bob. Play carnival style games.
Trick-or-treat with friendly animal characters on Mother Nature’s Trail. Round off the evening with a puppet show and
refreshments supplied by Lunds & Byerlys! Early bird tickets will be mailed Oct. 10. Registration deadline is 4 p.m. on the day of the event or when full. Register online for Friday or register online for Saturday.


  • Early bird (postmarked by Oct. 9): $9 per person (resident) / $10 (non-resident)
  • After Oct. 9: $11 per person (resident) / $12 (non-resident)

*Households of four or more will receive a 20 percent discount for the fourth person and each person thereafter.

Boy and girl inspecting treeFamily 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. 

  • All About Bones (age 7 and over)
  • Apple Cidering
  • Archery (age 7 and over)
  • Bug Safari
  • Family Canoeing (age 7 and over)
  • Family Mushrooming
  • Honey Harvest
  • National Take a Hike Day
  • Tree-mendous Candle Making (age 7 and over)
  • Oh Deer!
  • Raptors
  • Spiders
  • Storytime in the Pines
  • Tree Spree

Preschool programs

Puppet Story TimePuppet 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.

Upcoming Puppet Story Time programs:

  • Buggin’ Out – July
  • Monarch Madness - August
  • Pollinators – September
  • Apple Cidering – October
  • Turkeys – November
Preschool age kids sitting on tree trunkTuesday 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 Preschool – September (4 dates)
  • Tuesday Turtles Preschool – October (4 dates)
  • Tuesday Turtles Preschool – November (4 dates)

Boys doing archeryHome 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.

Fall program topics could include:

  • Animals inside and out
  • Animal tracks and signs
  • Apple cider
  • Archery
  • Canoeing
  • Fire building
  • Honey bees
  • Orienteering
  • Trees and leaves

Two adult canoeing on Westwood LakeAdult programs

Adult programs are for those ages 18 and over.

  • Adult Canoeing
  • Nature Unnoticed