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Springbrook Nature Center, Fridley

Springbrook Nature Center
100 85th Ave. N.W., Fridley, MN 55432
763-572-3588
Admission: $0.00
Classes and Camps require fees. Parking is Free.
Hours of Operation:
Mon. 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Tue. 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Wed. 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Thu. 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Fri. 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Sat. 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Sun. 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Nature Center Hours Displayed above. Fridley Parks are open from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Details:

Springbrook Nature Center is located in Fridley. It is across University from Northtown Mall, tucked behind the Wal-mart. The park has 127 acres of diverse native habitats and wildlife, including prairies, oak and aspen forests, oak savannah, and extensive wetlands. Among its features is three miles of hiking trails, floating boardwalks, and an interpretive center with live animal exhibits. 

Since Gianna wrote about her visit in May of 2013, the Interpretive Center has been completely rebuilt. Indoor space has more than doubled with added exhibits as well as classroom and event space. Besides the aesthetic beauty of the building, it was built to be sustainable with bird-friendly glass, geothermal heating & cooling, pervious concrete parking lot and plans for a green roof. One of the kids' favorites, was a giant anthill tunnel that they could crawl through.

Springbrook Nature Center

They also enjoyed playing with the natural blocks,

Natural Blocks at Springbrook Nature Center

and viewing the animals on display

Snakes and Turtles

Parents will appreciate that the updates also include practical things like a water filling station and family restrooms.

Springbrook Updates

Springbrook has broken ground on an outdoor amphitheater and expects to complete it by July 2017.

Nature-Based Play at Springbrook Nature Center

As part of the second phase of the park's update, an outdoor amphitheater and nature based play area were added.

Family Walks at Springbrook Nature Center

Springbrook is a nice place for a family walk. As with any woodsy walk, don't forget water bottles, bug repellent, and sun protection. We had no problem pushing a jogging stroller through the paths but left it on the trail when we explored deeper.

Saturday Family Fun Day at Springbrook 

Saturday Family Fun Days are the second Saturday of each month. Families are invited out to the park for an hour fun. Although each monthly program is different, families can expect to go for a hike, participate in an activity and enjoy a campfire in the woods. Participants should dress weather appropriate. Family Fun Days are $4 per person or $16 for a family.

Springbrook Nature Center

Springbrook's Bird Banding Programs    

Public Bird Banding Programs will resume after the building reopens. 

Birthday Parties at Springbrook

Birthday parties at Springbrook are 2 hours and include 45 minutes with a naturalist. The park provides the room, tables, coverings, and chairs. Hosts bring any food, refreshments and special decorations.

Classroom at Springbrook Nature Center

 

 

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