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.


Nature center BuildingAddress:
Westwood Hills Nature Center
8300 West Franklin Avenue
St. Louis Park, MN 55426

Phone: (952) 924-2544


Park & Trail Hours:
Nature center trails and playground are open every day from sunrise to sunset, year round.

Attention Westwood Hills Nature Center users: Due to a boardwalk construction project, the floating boardwalk on Westwood Lake at the nature center is closed. Users will not be able to complete the walking loop around the lake. We’ll keep you updated on the status of the project and hope you’ll continue to enjoy the many other walking trails at Westwood.

Be aware of the changing seasonal trail conditions.  Rain, snow or frost can be especially slippery when walking on the boardwalks.


Interpretive Center Building Hours
Year Round (Not open Holidays)
Monday to Friday – 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday – Noon to 5 p.m.


Prohibited Activities:
In order to maintain Westwood’s natural habitats, the following activities are prohibited:

  • Dogs and other pets.
  • Picking or collecting of any plant or animal including wildflowers.
  • Feeding of wildlife.
  • Alcoholic beverages.
  • Bicycle riding on trails.
  • Releasing/relocating any wild animal.