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Springbrook Nature Center, Fridley

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 Walmart. 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. 

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 a green roof.

One of the kids' favorite exhibits, was a giant anthill tunnel that they could crawl through. They also enjoyed playing with the natural blocks, and viewing the animals on display. Parents will appreciate that the updates also include practical things like a water bottle filling station and family restrooms.

  • Springbrook Nature CEnter
  • Hiking in the woods

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 run monthly at 6:30am in the summer months and 7am or 7:30am in the cooler months. Find dates on our calendar.

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. We include Springbrook in our annual Birthday Party guide, where we list updated prices.

Summer Camp at Springbrook Nature Center

Summer camps are offered for weekly sessions June - August for kids ages 5-12. We include Springbrook in our annual summer camp guide, where we update dates and prices for camps each year.

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