Fall Campfire Programs

All programs 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 6, Turkey Bedtime
Saturday, Nov. 4, Full Moon Hike

Come enjoy an evening campfire at the nature center.  Each month we will explore a new activity, tell stories and socialize under the stars.  Come to one or sign up for all.

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Puppet Story Time: Oh Deer

Friday, Nov. 3, 10 – 11:30 a.m. OR
Monday, Nov. 6, 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Laugh out loud as the Westwood Puppets tell a story in their animated comical style! Unique naturalist led activities will follow to highlight the story and create memories for
you and your youngest family members.

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Orienteering

Saturday, Nov. 11,  3 – 4:30 p.m.

Get back to the basics of navigation. Learn the art of orienteering using a map and compass. Practice your skills on Westwood’s orienteering course.

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Woodland Wreaths

Sunday, Nov. 5, 3 – 4:30 p.m.

Create your own unique wreath. We’ll take a short hike to collect natural materials from
the nature center and then assemble the wreaths inside. All materials are included.

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Critters Close Up

Sunday, Nov. 19, 3 – 4:30 p.m.
Come visit Westwood’s exhibit reptiles and amphibians close-up and hands-on. There will be an opportunity to touch some of these critters and even observe them as they eat.

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36th Annual Halloween Party

Friday, Oct. 20, 6:30 – 9 p.m. OR
Saturday, Oct. 21, 6:30 – 9 p.m.

Celebrate fall with costumes and characters at Westwood’s family-friendly Halloween  Party!

The Nature Center is filled with indoor and outdoor games, activities and theme trails. Visit with friendly animal characters as you walk through the lighted Mother Nature’s Trail or, for those who are more adventurous, dare to play Mystery Mini Golf in the dark woods. There is something for everyone including music and refreshments!

Bring a non-perishable food donation for STEP (St. Louis Park Emergency Program).  Collection location: St. Louis Park Junior High. (Address below)

Tickets for all on-line registrations must be picked up on the night of the party between 6:25 and 7:15 p.m. at the St. Louis Park Junior High shuttle bus parking location: 2025 Texas Ave S. St. Louis Park, MN  55426.

 

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Nature Unnoticed Adult Hikes

Saturday, Oct. 14, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Saturday, Nov. 18, 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Explore your natural curiosity. Join a naturalist on a nature walk.  We’ll focus in on the seasonal activities of the plants and animals found in the park, so each hike will be a unique experience.

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Scat and Other Gross Animals Signs

Sunday, Oct. 29, 12:30 – 2 p.m.

There are many clues that animals leave behind. These clues can be used to teach us about the animal. Scat (animal poop) is one of them. It may sound gross, but it’s one of the easier clues to learn from. We’ll explore the trails in search of scat and other gross animal signs.

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Cunning Critters

Sunday, Nov. 12, noon – 1:30 p.m.

In the quest to eat or be eaten, being well-concealed can make all the difference for an animal. Learn how different animals stay hidden and survive. We’ll employ stealth and camouflage to go undercover, evade detection and spy on some sneaky creatures. Shhhhh…!

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