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Wood Lake Nature Center, Richfield

6710 Lake Shore Drive, Richfield
For more information about nature center classes, programs, or facilities, please call 612-861-9365.
Admission: $ 0.00
Visit to register
Hours of Operation:
Monday 08:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Tuesday 08:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Wednesday 08:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Thursday 08:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Friday 08:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Saturday 08:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Sunday 12:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Building Hours Above. Park Hours: 5am-11pm. Building closed holidays. Trails remain open.

Wood Lake Nature Center is Richfield's 150-acre natural area. The center offers environmental education, a place to observe wildlife, and access to outdoor recreation. The main building houses a variety of educational exhibits live animal displays. Naturalists are available to answer questions during building hours. 

Park amenities include several wildlife viewing areas, an amphitheater, space to picnic, and three miles of trails and boardwalks. The trails are either blacktop or crushed limestone and most are can be navigated with a stroller, however bikes and rollerblades are not allowed on these paths. When snow permits, cross-country ski trails are open. Pets are not allowed at Wood Lake.

Wood Lake Nature Center

Wood Lake Nature Center's Low Impact Scavenger Hunt

Because Wood Lake is dedicated to preserving its natural environment, they have created a low impact scavenger hunt. Unlike most scavenger hunts, this hunt does not require the player to collect items. Instead, the list contains things like sounds, sights, and experiences. For those kids who really want to gather things, Wood Lake suggests picking up any trash you find on your hunt. Maybe you can have a contest to see which kid can find the most. You could also bring a camera to "collect" many of these items. Find the Rules and the Scavenger Hunt List Here.

For other similar hunts, see Beyond Pokémon Go: Twin Cities Quests for Families.

Birthday Parties at Wood Lake Nature Center

Birthday Parties at Wood Lake Nature Center

Birthday Party Packages start at $115 for up to 10 children and come in a variety of themes. Two-hour parties include a naturalist-led activity and use of the party room with tables, chairs, and tablecloths. 

For a do-it-yourself party, the Emily Day Pavilion can be rented for $80/4 hours.  This pavilion has the capacity for 40 people and has electricity. Or if you have a winter birthday, the fireplace room is available for $45-$50/hour.

For More Birthday Party ideas, we have created FFTC’s Ultimate Guide to Birthday Parties in the Twin Cities

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