The Westwood Hills Nature Center Interpretive Center Building opened in 1981, but the area has a long and interesting history that dates back many years earlier. In 1928, the Westwood Hills Golf Course opened with 27 holes and 9,405 total yards. The golf course thrived for a number of years, but by the mid-1950s, it was no longer profitable, so developers started putting up homes in the area.
The city also bought some land, some of which was set aside for what is now the St. Louis Park Middle School. In the early 1970s, the city began exploring the idea of creating a nature center in the area, and construction of the interpretative building began a decade later.
Today, the Westwood Hills Nature Center provides visitors of all ages the chance to explore the natural world—right here in St. Louis Park.