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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.


Opal Mattila

Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018
Great trails, helpful staff, bathrooms, playground, some fun snakes and critters to look at in the learning center. Maps, trail guides. Nice trails either through woods or around the lake.

Jennifer Souther

Monday, June 18, 2018
Absolutely Love the nature center. We have been coming here since I was a kid and now I bring my kids. It's a great place to learn about and enjoy nature right in the suburbs.

David Arnold

Monday, June 11, 2018
The pond is a labor of love. Perhaps one of the best kept secrets in the Southwest burbs. Good staff who really cares about the environment and the programming. Must visit.

Lee Heggestad

Sunday, May 6, 2018
A hideaway nature preserve with amenities and interpretive center, fishing, canoe rental, a 1.5 mile trail around the lake, and various other trails and activities. There is Red-tailed Hawk and a Barred Owl that live at the interpretive center - they can't be released to the wild because each was left blind in one eye after rehab. Very cool place.

Austin Granger

Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Beautiful park that can easily make you forget that you're just a few miles from downtown Minneapolis. It has verried terrain with both paved and dirt trails, an awesome lakeside boardwalk, geocaches, and a nature center with live birds. Everything is well maintained and clean. Only real downside is frequent air traffic overhead.

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