Westwood Hills Nature Center

8300 West Franklin Avenue

Westwood Hills Nature Center is a 160-acre natural area featuring marsh, woods and restored prairie. The preserve is beautiful throughout the seasons and provides homes for many animals including deer, fox, mink and owls. Westwood Naturalists conduct year-round programs to increase visitors understanding and appreciation of our natural world. The nature center is located just south of I-394 and east of Highway 169. Parking and admission are free. Wood chipped, boardwalks and hard surface accessible trails are open from dawn to dusk year-round.


Stacy Foster

Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017

We attended the annual Halloween event at Westwood Hills and it was spectacular!! This was our first year and we were skeptical, due to the price. I can say it was 100% worth the money. We had so much fun. They really put on a great show! Other times we have visited the park, we were amazed by the beauty and scenic paths! Staff are always willing to answer questions (even at rapid fire from a young child) Definitely a place we will return to!

Katrina Busick

Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018

This is a lovely park, close to the Cities; salt I cannot walk or dog there, so it isn't someplace I'll frequent. For such a dog friendly area we were quite disappointed when we arrived to find that we had to leave to walk somewhere else since we had our dog along. At least there are a lot of other options so we just won't concern ourselves with this natural playground (even if it is in our backyard).

Mike Lehrke

Friday, Feb. 16, 2018

It has very nice nature center and nice trails. It also has a nice lookout deck. The people inside the nature center are very helpful


Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017

Rented the center for our child's 3rd birthday. Becky our naturalist was amazing with the kids (aged 3-7) and kept their interest for the hour she was with us. Space was clean and easy to work with. There's so many interesting things for everyone to look at and experience nobody was bored, both kids and adults. No disappointments.

Tim Staton

Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017

Fantastic asset to the area. Walking trail is just the right length and nice variety of habitat. Wonderful nature center as well.