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6710 Lake Shore Drive, Richfield, MN 55423
For more information about nature center classes, programs, or facilities, please call 612-861-9365.
Admission: $0.00
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Hours of Operation:
Mon. 08:30 AM – 05:00 PM
Tue. 08:30 AM – 05:00 PM
Wed. 08:30 AM – 05:00 PM
Thu. 08:30 AM – 05:00 PM
Fri. 08:30 AM – 05:00 PM
Sat. 08:30 AM – 05:00 PM
Sun. 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 space. Visit to observe wildlife, take a class as a family, hike the trails and view the indoor educational exhibits. Naturalists are available to answer questions during building hours.

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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

Nature Exploration Backpacks

Families can stop by the front desk during open hours to borrow one of six nature exploration backpacks. Choose between birding, forest exploration, and insects. You’ll be set up with tools and information for exploring. Start right behind the nature center, where the park staff keeps birdfeeders.

When the nature center is closed, you can still print a brochure listing birds to look for from Richfield’s website and pack your own birding backpack.

Wood Lake’s website lists these other wild animals that might be found on a nature walk:

  • Reptiles: Painted and Snapping Turtle, Gartner Snake
  • Mammals: Muskrat, Coyote, Deer, Racoon, Squirrel, Cottontail Rabbit, Mice, Voles, Moles
  • Fish: Goldfish, Black Bullheads, Minnows

Geocaching at Wood Lake

Look for geocaches hidden within Wood Lake. Families are encouraged to download the app and create a free account or reserve a GPS receivers for free by registering at Richfield’s website.

For other similar hunts, see Twin Cities Quests, Scavenger & Treasure Hunts for Families.

Winter at Wood Lake Nature Center

Wood Lake has two traditional-style ski trails. One is slightly over 1 1/2 miles and the other is slightly over a 1/2 mile. Both trails wind around the marsh and through the woods. Skis and snowshoes are available to rent at affordable rates: $8 for 16-55 years old; $4  for under 16 or over 55 (and free for members to borrow) on a first come, first served basis. Call 612-861-9365 for more information and weather updates. Trails are open Monday-Saturday 9:00 am-3:30 pm and Sunday 12:30 pm-3:30 pm weather permitting.

Measuring Wingspan at Wood Lake Nature Center
Wood Lake Nature Center

Wood Lake Summer Camps

Richfield offers day camps at Wood Lake each summer for age groups ranging from 3 to 11 years old. While most camps are 3 days, there are a few week-long sessions for older children. We include these camps on our annual summer camp guide, which lists updated prices and times each year.

Birthday Parties at Wood Lake Nature Center

Birthday Party Packages for up to 10 children come in a variety of nature 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 in 4 hour increments.  This pavilion has the capacity for 40 people and has electricity. Or if you have a winter birthday, the Fireplace Room is also available for to rent.

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

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