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UPDATE (June 24, 2020): The new interpretive center at Westwood Hills Nature Center is not yet open to the public. Trails and outdoors areas remain open to visitors. 

Westwood Hills Nature Center interpretive center grand opening

Sunday, Sept. 13, 2 – 4:30 p.m. (ribbon-cutting at 2:30 p.m.)
Westwood Hills Nature Center, 8300 W. Franklin Ave. 

Join the City of St. Louis Park as we celebrate the grand opening of the new interpretive center building. There will be fun activities to celebrate this monumental event. Take a tour of this zero energy-designed facility and explore the new interpretive center exhibits created for all ages. Enjoy live animal programs, puppet shows and more!

  • Fee: Free, no registration required

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Click the play button below to explore the new interpretive center building during construction.




Westwood Hills Nature Center’s parking lot is currently closed and is being used for construction vehicles. The city has constructed a path from West Franklin Avenue to the current interpretive center for visitors to use. During construction, parking will be on West Franklin Avenue, and visitors will be able to walk up the path to enter the nature center. The play structure is also closed at this time.

There are alternative access points located at gate 7 and gate 8, located on Virginia Avenue and Westwood Hills Drive. View the alternate entrances map for additional details.

Activities you can enjoy during construction include exploring the 3.5 miles of trails, hosting a birthday party, participating in a variety of nature programming or visiting the current interpretive center.

An arts and culture task force has been established to discuss opportunities to include art in the new interpretive building.

View the final renderings for the new Interpretive Center:

View shortened version of project video. 

Project Background
About the New Interpretive Building
Project History