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.
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!
- Storytime in the Pines
- Tree Spree
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.
Upcoming Puppet Story Time programs:
- Buggin’ Out – July
- Monarch Madness - August
- Pollinators – September
- Apple Cidering – October
- Turkeys – November
Tuesday 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)
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.
Fall program topics could include:
- Animals inside and out
- Animal tracks and signs
- Apple cider
- Fire building
- Honey bees
- Trees and leaves
Adult programs are for those ages 18 and over.
- Adult Canoeing
- Nature Unnoticed