Westwood Hills Nature Center
Westwood Hills Nature Center is a 160-acre natural area featuring marsh, woods and restored prairie. The preserve is beautiful throughout the seasons and provides homes for many animals including deer, fox, mink and owls. Westwood Naturalists conduct year-round programs to increase visitors understanding and appreciation of our natural world. The nature center is located just south of I-394 and east of Highway 169. Parking and admission are free. Wood chipped, boardwalks and hard surface accessible trails are open from dawn to dusk year-round. Take a peek at what you'll see at the Nature Center!
Visit Our Website! www.westwoodhillsnaturecenter.org
Westwood Hills Nature Center
8300 W. Franklin Ave.
St. Louis Park, MN 55426
Park & Trail Hours:
Nature center trails and playground are open every day from sunrise to sunset, year-round.
Interpretive Center Building Hours
Monday to Friday: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: Noon - 5 p.m.
The Interpretive Center will be closed on the following dates in 2016: Sept. 3-5, Oct. 23, Nov. 11, Nov. 24-27, Dec. 25
In order to maintain Westwood's natural habitats, the following activities are prohibited.
- Dogs and other pets.
- Picking or collecting of any plant or animal including wildflowers.
- Feeding of wildlife.
- Alcoholic beverages.
- Bicycle riding on trails.
- Releasing/relocating any wild animal.
Programs: Information on programs offered at the Nature Center are available on www.westwoodhillsnaturecenter.org
updated: Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Come join our partner, Great River Greening, to help restore a section of forest in Westwood Hills Nature Center. Over the years many terrestrial invasive species, such as buckthorn and garlic mustard have overtaken sections of the Nature Center's forests. With the help of Great River Greening and a grant from the State of Minnesota Environment...
This pavilion, located near the playground, has an open design which seats up to 25 people. Windows on three sides of this fully accessible building offer beautiful views of the Nature Center grounds and the state-of the-art playground. The building also features restrooms, sinks, and drinking fountains. It's a great place for meetings,...
updated: Thursday, August 25, 2016
The following activities are offered through Westwood Hills Nature Center programming. Click on the name of the program for a description of the activity and to register.
September - November 2016 Programs
- Evening Canoeing for Adults
- Family Canoeing
- Bug Safari
- Full Moon Hike
- Mushrooming for Adults
- Honey Harvest
- Amazing Nature Race
- Branching Out
- 35th Annual Halloween Party
- Fall Scavenger Hunt
- Wild Teas - Adults
- Things That Go Bump in the Night
- Calling All Squirrels
- Nature Mosaics
- Critters Close Up
- Friday Campfire Programs
- Puppet Story Time:
Don't Bee Afraid!
- Nature for the Very Young:
Home School Programs
A Park Pack backpack is filled with nature activities designed for hands-on field investigations for all ages. Park Packs include: self-guided hikes, tools for investigation, art activities, poetry, stories, music and games that fit the pack’s theme, each park pack has a different theme. Themes include: insects, ponds, reptiles and amphibians...