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Saint Louis Park - 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.


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.

Michelle Halonen

Friday, April 20, 2018
This is one of our family favorites! If you want a break from the city views but don't want to go far, check it out! We usually hit the trails and hope to see some wild life. This last trip we got skunked but the time before the kids got to see 3 deer.

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!

Neville Perera

Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Great gem in a urban setting. So close but transports you to a serene setting so quickly that it is suprising!

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