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WHNC Tuesday Turtles
AGES 3.5 - 5 (Drop-off)
Explore and discover the world outside while on naturalist-led hikes. We'll listen to nature stories, create crafts, play games and laugh with our famous puppets. Each class dives into a different nature topic. Sign up for one or all sessions.
PROGRAM LOCATION: Westwood Hills Nature Center, 8300 W. Franklin Ave. St. Louis Park, MN 55426
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Register Tuesday Turtles March 3/3/2020 - 3/24/2020 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Tu WHNC Info
WHNC Puppet Story Time
ALL AGES (Children Ages 2+ must pay and be accompanied by a paid adult.)
Laugh out loud as the Westwood puppets tell a story in their animated comical style. Begin with open play and exploration. Naturalist-led activities will highlight the story and create memories for you and your youngest family members. There will also be an opportunity to go outside on a hike.
PROGRAM LOCATION: Westwood Hills Nature Center, 8300 W. Franklin Ave.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Register Puppet Story Maple Syrup Friday 3/20/2020 - 3/20/2020 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM F WHNC Info
Register Puppet Story Maple Syrup Monday 3/16/2020 - 3/16/2020 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM M WHNC Info
WHNC Nature Unnoticed
Ages 18+
LOCATION: Westwood Hills Nature Center, 8300 W. Franklin Ave.
Explore your natural curiosity. Join a naturalist on a nature walk. We'll focus on the seasonal activities of the plants, animals and fungus found in the park, so each hike will be a unique experience. Sign up for one or both walks.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Register Nature Unnoticed March 28 3/28/2020 - 3/28/2020 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Sa WHNC Info
WHNC Spring Break Camps
GRADES K - 5 (Drop-off Camp)
Experience indoor and outdoor spring break activites. Each day will have a different topic. Choose one or all of these camps to complement your spring break schedule. PROGRAM LOCATION: Westwood Hills Nature Center, 8300 W. Frankling Ave.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Register Spring Break Camp - Art in Nature March 31 3/31/2020 - 3/31/2020 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Tu WHNC Info
Register Spring Break Camp - Spring Discoverers March 30 3/30/2020 - 3/30/2020 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM M WHNC Info
Register Spring Break Camp - Super Sneaky Nature April 1 4/1/2020 - 4/1/2020 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM W WHNC Info
Register Spring Break Camp - Wild About Animals April 2 4/2/2020 - 4/2/2020 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Th WHNC Info
Animal Tracks and Signs
ALL AGES (Children ages 2+ must pay and be accompanied by a paid adult.)
LOCATION: Westwood Hills Nature Center, 8300 W. Franklin Ave.
Learn how to detect the “clues” that will help you identify the animal guests visiting your yard. We will go out on a nature hike to practice our detective skills as we search for tracks, food, fur and other evidence the animals leave behind. Dress for the weather and plan to spend some time outdoors.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Register Animal Tracks and Signs 3/14/2020 - 3/14/2020 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM Sa WHNC Info
Celebrate Earth and Arbor Day
ALL AGES (Children must be accompanied by an adult)
LOCATION: WESTWOOD HILLS NATURE CENTER, 8300 W. FRANKLIN AVE.
Join the City of St. Louis Park in celebrating Arbor Day and observing the 50th anniversary of Earth Day! Learn about the impacts of climate change and the actions you can take help our community reach its climate neutrality goal. Volunteer to plant one of 150 diverse trees with our local partner, Great River Greening, or pick up litter throughout the Westwood Hills Nature Center (all supplies and equipment will be provided). Take a tour of the net zero energy-designed Westwood Hills interpretive center, set to open later this year. Dance and sing to earth-inspired music by Kidpower with Rachael beginning at 9:45 a.m. Refreshments will be provided. The event is free, but pre-registration is required.

*Due to construction of the new interpretive center, parking won't be available onsite and the parking lot will be closed. All attendees are asked to park at the St. Louis Park Middle school and ride a free shuttle to and from the event, which will take place near gates 7 and 8.

Are you volunteering to plant trees? If yes, in addition to registering for this program, you must also complete and submit the Great River Greening Volunteer Application at the attached link. Click the blue View Details button to find the link.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Register Celebrate Earth and Arbor Day 4/25/2020 - 4/25/2020 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Sa WHNC Info
Maple Syrup
ALL AGES (Children ages 2+ must pay and be accompanied by a paid adult)
LOCATION: Westwood Hills Nature Center, 8300 W. Franklin Ave.
Join us for this spring celebration. Tap a tree and if the sap is running, taste the sweet sap. Discover how the trees are tapped and how the sap is collected and cooked to become syrup. Enjoy some of Westwood’s tasty maple syrup.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Waitlist Maple Syrup March 22 3/22/2020 - 3/22/2020 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Su WHNC Info
Snowshoe Adventure
AGES 6+ (All children must pay and be accompanied by a paid adult.)
Join us for an exciting day of exploring the woods and wetlands at Westwood Hills Nature Center on snowshoes. Play games and follow tracks in the snow. Finish the fun by sipping hot chocolate. Snowshoes are provided, but wear warm winter boots and dress in layers. This event is dependent on snow conditions.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Register Snowshoe Adventure March 8 3/8/2020 - 3/8/2020 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM Su WHNC Info
Spring Break Scavenger Hunt
ALL AGES (Children ages 2+ must pay and be accompanied by a paid adult)
LOCATION:Westwood Hills Nature Center, 8300 W. Franklin Ave.
Spend an afternoon of spring break exploring the outdoors. Spend time exploring the nature center for signs that spring is returing, such as migratory birds, sprouting plants, active animals, mud and more!
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Register Spring Break Scavenger Hunt April 3 4/3/2020 - 4/3/2020 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM F WHNC Info
Walk the Lake
ALL AGES (Children ages 2+ must pay and be accompanied by a paid adult)
LOCATION: Westwood Hills Nature Center, 8300 W. Franklin Ave.
Join a naturalist for a hike along the lake trail to explore our wetland environment in the “off” season. Minnesota weather likes to keep us guessing in March, so come prepared to spend time in whatever the weather is that day!
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Register Walk the Lake 3/29/2020 - 3/29/2020 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM Su WHNC Info