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Westwood Hills Nature Center is a 160-acre natural area featuring marsh, woods and restored prairie. Naturalists conduct year-round programs for children and families to increase visitors understanding of our natural world. Parking and admission are free. Wood chipped, boardwalks and hard surface accessible trails are open from dawn to dusk year-round. The main building, picnic shelter building and brickhouse all offer free wi-fi for visitor use.
Construction at Westwood Hills Nature Center
NOTE: The City of St. Louis Park is currently in the midst of renovations on this site, including a complete overhaul of the interpretive center. Construction will run from May 2019 through 2020. The new building will have increased program space, public gathering areas, room rental opportunities, special exhibits and improved accessibility and access. My family visited recently and we were told that the new building will be powered completely off-grid.
What is closed?: The playground near the lower parking lot is closed and will remain closed throughout construction.
What is open?: During construction the trails will remain open. The old nature center will still be open for birthday parties, nature programming and current exhibits. Park on West Franklin Avenue and follow the trail to the current interpretive center.
We recommend checking the project page before making plans to visit.
Birthday Parties at Westwood Hills Nature Center
Birthday Parties at the Nature Center cost $98-$108 for up to 12 children and 2 hours of party time. The first hour is led by a naturalist with a guided nature hike and a live animal presentation. The second hour includes use of a private party room and is unstructured. Parties are designed for children ages 4 and up. Call 952-924-2544 to learn more and reserve a party.
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