Springbrook Nature Center is located in Fridley just off University Avenue across from Northtown Mall and 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 park and interpretive center are free to visit and parking is also free.
Family Fun at Springbrook Nature Center
The center offers a variety of both free and paid activities and events. Family fun includes Springbrook Nature Center's events -- all ages programming, concerts, outdoor exploration and an indoor interpretive center with fun exhibits. Sometimes staff offer online activities. Find Live Facebook Events Here.
Springbrook Interpretive Center
The Interpretive Center was been completely rebuilt in 2016. This renovation more than doubled the indoor space, 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 my 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.
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 (or snowshoe in the winter). 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. Stop by the Interpretive Center to check out a free activity backpack. Topics rotate and backpacks available for check out daily, on a first come first serve basis. Also, look for story hikes along the Beaver Pond Trail. Find the current book here.
Snowshoe rental is $5 and can be rented from 11am-2pm. Learn more about snowshoeing at Springbrook here.
Dogs Are Not Allowed at Springbrook
Leave your pets at home for this trip.
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'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 geared toward children ages 4-11 and last 2 hours, including 45 minutes with a naturalist. The park provides the room, tables, coverings, and chairs. Hosts bring any food, refreshments and special decorations. Book your party for a Saturday or Sunday from 10 a.m. – Noon or 2-4 p.m.
For DIY birthday parties, families can rent the the pavilion, which has a roofed picnic area, indoor space with a sink, refrigerator and microwave, as well as electricity and restrooms. Indoor spaces are also available to rent either with or without the outdoor pavilion. Call 763-572-3588 to learn more.
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.