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Richardson Nature Center
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Lowry Nature Center, Victoria
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Eastman Nature Center, Maple Grove

Richardson Nature Center

Located within Hyland Lake Park Reserve, Richardson Nature Center is home to natural beauty only minutes from the city. Inside, visitors can meet Richardson’s resident raptors, reptiles, and amphibians up close. There are many kid-friendly exhibits such as a puppet theater, child-sized tables and chairs for reading and puzzles, and aquariums at just the right height. Outside enjoy the nature exploration area.

This is one of the Twin Cities sites where visitors can view colorful clay mosaics and sculptures by local artist Chris Tully. (See more Chris Tully Sculptures at Brookdale Library).

Birthday Parties at Richardson Nature CenterBirthday Parties at Richardson Nature Center

Richardson hosts Wild Birthday Parties that include an hour of outdoor activity with a party leader, followed by an open hour for games, gift opening and refreshments. Parties can be booked all year and are best for kids 4 and up. Parties are based on nature-themed topics and cost $100 for up to 15 children and six adults. Call the nature center (763.694.7676) a minimum of six weeks in advance to book a party.

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Lowry Nature Center, Victoria

Lowry Nature Center was the first public nature center built in the Twin Cities. The building’s architecture is prairie-style to match the landscape of Carver Park Reserve where it is located. Families can check out seasonal interpretive displays, visit live animals and observe birds through the viewing windows.

Lowry offers free and inexpensive family programs throughout the year, mostly on weekends. During the week it hosts both preschool drop-off programs and those a caregiver attends with the child.

Lowry Nature Center

Kids will love playing outside at the two “nature playgrounds” at Lowry. One is more of a traditional playground with a nature theme and the other is a true natural playground, where the elements to play with are stumps and logs and sticks to build with.

Sensory Friendly Sundays at Lowry Nature Center

Three Rivers and AUSM have partnered to offer “Sensory-Friendly Sundays,” on the fourth Sunday of each month from 9 a.m. – noon, at Lowry. In an effort to reduce stress that can be caused by new experiences at the park, Three Rivers has created this program to include support from trained staff and volunteers and a comfortable, welcoming environment for everyone. Noise-reducing headphones, ear plugs, nose plugs, sunglasses, variety of fidgets, weighted blankets, and other sensory supports will be available to borrow on these days as will a space to take a break.

The park also plans to add sensory signage, online social narratives, and virtual tours This program is free and open to all ages. Find the next Sensory-Friendly Sunday on our special needs calendar.

Lowry Nature Center Sledding 

Some Three Rivers parks, including Lowry Nature Center, rent out sleds to use on their sledding hills, which they claim are among the best hills in the Twin Cities. The hill is close enough to Lowry Nature Center, that sledders can use the restrooms and purchase refreshments when needed. Bring your own sled or tube or rent one from the Nature Center. Sledding is free and unsupervised. As with any Three Rivers programs, adult supervision is required. Three Rivers closes sledding hills when the conditions and weather are uncooperative. Find the current condition of sledding hills here.

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Eastman Nature Center, Maple Grove

Eastman Nature Center is part of Elm Creek Park Reserve in Maple Grove. The recently renovated building contains a variety of things for families to explore. For instance, it includes hands-on exhibits for kids, a puppet theater and costumes for dressing up. Park staff suggest using the nature center as a starting point for outdoor exploring. Families can devise kid friendly outdoor games or escape the elements indoors while still getting a view of nature from their floor to ceiling windows.

Eastman Nature Center was recently renovated and is filled with things for families to explore: hands-on exhibits for kids such as a puppet theater and costumes for dressing up

Families can explore: hands-on exhibits for kids such as a puppet theater and costumes for dressing up

Kids will love observing live animals, birdwatching indoors or outdoors, searching the a wildlife mural scavenger hunt, or just lounging on the open-air deck. On quieter days, the can flop in the reading room with a good book.

Eastman Nature Center

Play dress up and explore nature stations.

While visiting, families can get outdoors, hit a trail and, if you’d like to learn more about your surroundings, try out any or all of the cell phone audio stops and interpretive signs that are scattered throughout the park. Kids might enjoy borrowing an exploration kit to tote along. These include things like binoculars, nature checklists, and additional information about the natural elements you might come across. Make sure to stop in the nature play area so they can climb and dig.

Other highlights of the park are the enormous Elm Creek Park Reserve Playground — considered by many to be one of the best parks in Twin Cities — and the sand-bottomed swimming pond. You’ll want to set aside several hours — make a day of it, in fact — in order to see it all.

Elm Creek Park Playground

The expansive playground is arguably one of the best parks in Minnesota.

Birthday Parties at Eastman 

Families can rent rooms within the nature center for birthday parties and other private events. Learn more at the park’s website.

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