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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 April 4/7/2020 - 4/28/2020 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Tu WHNC Info
Register Tuesday Turtles May 5/5/2020 - 5/26/2020 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 April Showers Friday 4/17/2020 - 4/17/2020 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM F WHNC Info
Register Puppet Story April Showers Monday 4/13/2020 - 4/13/2020 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM M WHNC Info
Register Puppet Story Buggin' Out Friday 7/24/2020 - 7/24/2020 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM F WHNC Info
Register Puppet Story Monarch Madness Friday 8/28/2020 - 8/28/2020 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM F WHNC Info
Register Puppet Story Monarch Madness Monday 8/24/2020 - 8/24/2020 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM M WHNC Info
Register Puppet Story Salamanders Friday 5/15/2020 - 5/15/2020 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM F WHNC Info
Register Puppet Story Salamanders Monday 5/11/2020 - 5/11/2020 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM M WHNC Info
Register Puppet Story Turtle Time Friday 6/26/2020 - 6/26/2020 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM F 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 July 11 7/11/2020 - 7/11/2020 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Sa WHNC Info
Register Nature Unnoticed May 2 5/2/2020 - 5/2/2020 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
Cancelled Spring Break Camp - Art in Nature March 31 3/31/2020 - 3/31/2020 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Tu WHNC Info
Cancelled Spring Break Camp - Spring Discoverers March 30 3/30/2020 - 3/30/2020 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM M WHNC Info
Cancelled Spring Break Camp - Super Sneaky Nature April 1 4/1/2020 - 4/1/2020 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM W WHNC Info
Cancelled Spring Break Camp - Wild About Animals April 2 4/2/2020 - 4/2/2020 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Th WHNC Info
WHNC Summer Pollywogs Preschool Camps
(Ages 4 & 5 drop-off programs)
Come to play! Come to hike! Explore and create in a beautiful setting that fosters the imagination. We will be outside using our senses to explore the nature center woods, marsh and prairie, and end each day laughing with the puppets. Choose either the moring OR afternoon session.
PROGRAM LOCATION: Westwood Hills Nature Center, 8300 W. Franklin Ave.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Register Pollywogs: Animal Senses a.m. Animal Senses 6/1/2020 - 6/4/2020 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM M,Tu,W,Th WHNC Info
Register Pollywogs: Animal Senses p.m. Animal Senses 6/1/2020 - 6/4/2020 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM M,Tu,W,Th WHNC Info
Register Pollywogs: Animals Close-Up a.m. Animals Close-Up 8/3/2020 - 8/6/2020 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM M,Tu,W,Th WHNC Info
Register Pollywogs: Animals Close-up p.m. Animals Close-up 8/3/2020 - 8/6/2020 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM M,Tu,W,Th WHNC Info
Register Pollywogs: Ponds, Prairies and Woods a.m. Ponds, Prairies and 6/29/2020 - 7/2/2020 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM M,Tu,W,Th WHNC Info
Register Pollywogs: Ponds, Prairies and Woods p.m. Ponds, Prairies and 6/29/2020 - 7/2/2020 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM M,Tu,W,Th WHNC Info
WHNC Summer Camps
LOCATION: Westwood Hills Nature Center, 8300 W. Franklin Ave.
Experience indoor and outdoor summer activities. Each camp has specific grade requirements. Click the blue letter I (on the right) to view details. For children ages 4 & 5 see the WHNC Summer Pollywogs Preschool Camp section.
ALL WESTWOOD SUMMER CAMPS ARE DROP - OFF PROGRAMS.

Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Register Animal Super Powers 6/22/2020 - 6/25/2020 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM M,Tu,W,Th WHNC Info
Register Archery August 8/4/2020 - 8/4/2020 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Tu WHNC Info
Register Canoeing August 8/5/2020 - 8/5/2020 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM W WHNC Info
Register Fire Building August 8/6/2020 - 8/6/2020 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Th WHNC Info
Register How Animals Grow 6/8/2020 - 6/11/2020 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM M,Tu,W,Th WHNC Info
Register Nature Arts and Crafts 7/6/2020 - 7/9/2020 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM M,Tu,W,Th WHNC Info
Register Nature Theater Arts Camp 8/10/2020 - 8/13/2020 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM M,Tu,W,Th WHNC Info
Register Outdoor Skills Camp 6/22/2020 - 6/25/2020 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM M,Tu,W,Th WHNC Info
Register Out-of-Sight Nature 6/15/2020 - 6/18/2020 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM M,Tu,W,Th WHNC Info
Register Powered by Nature 7/20/2020 - 7/23/2020 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM M,Tu,W,Th WHNC Info
Register Storybook Camp 7/20/2020 - 7/23/2020 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM M,Tu,W,Th WHNC Info
Register Water, Water, Everywhere 7/13/2020 - 7/16/2020 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM M,Tu,W,Th WHNC Info
Register Westwood's Greatest Hits 7/27/2020 - 7/30/2020 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM M,Tu,W,Th WHNC Info
Register Wild About Animals 6/8/2020 - 6/11/2020 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM M,Tu,W,Th WHNC Info
Archery
AGES 9+ (DROP-OFF PROGRAM)
LOCATION: Westwood Hills Nature Center, 8300 W. Franklin Ave.
Whether you’re new to the sport or an experienced archer, here’s a chance to hone
your skills on an outdoor range. Learn basic techniques and range safety before heading outside to take your best shot. There will be a short hike to and from the range.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Register Archery 5/9/2020 - 5/9/2020 2:00 PM - 4:00 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
Cancelled Celebrate Earth and Arbor Day 4/25/2020 - 4/25/2020 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Sa WHNC Info
Critters Close-up
ALL AGES (Children ages 2+ must pay and be accompanied by a paid adult)
LOCATION: Westwood Hills Nature Center, 8300 W. Franklin Ave.
Come visit Westwood’s reptiles and amphibians close-up and hands-on. There will be an opportunity to touch some of these critters and observe them as they eat.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Cancelled Critters Close-up 4/5/2020 - 4/5/2020 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Su WHNC Info
Family Canoeing
AGES 7+ (Children must be accompanied by an adult)
LOCATION: Westwood Hills Nature Center, 8300 W. Franklin Ave.
Explore Westwood Lake by canoe. Paddling is a terrific way to see wildlife and experience a different side of Westwood. Instruction in basic canoeing strokes and boating safety will be included. Canoes, paddles and life jackets will be provided. One to two adults with one to two children maximum per canoe.
**REGISTRATION FEE IS PER CANOE**
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Register Family Canoeing 5/30/2020 - 5/30/2020 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Sa WHNC Info
Interpretive Center Grand Opening
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 as we celebrate the grand opening of the new interpretive center building There will be fun activities to celebrate this monumental event. Take a tour of this net zero energy-designed facility, as well as explore the new interpretive center exhibits created for all ages. Enjoy music, refreshments, live animal programs, puppet shows and more. There will be a ribbon cutting at 5:30 p.m.
NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Register Interpretive Center Grand Opening 6/8/2020 - 6/8/2020 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM M WHNC Info
Life Under a Log
ALL AGES (Children ages 2+ must pay and be accompanied by a paid adult)
LOCATION: Westwood Hills Nature Center, 8300 W. Franklin Ave.
Explore the mysterious world of life under a log. Search for the strange creatures of this dark, damp and decayed habitat. Centipedes, spider mites and slime molds are just some of the unusual creatures we might find. We’ll also meet a tiger salamander and spend some time working on a rotten craft.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Register Life Under a Log 5/31/2020 - 5/31/2020 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM Su WHNC Info
Packing a Low Impact Lunch
ALL AGES (Children ages 2+ must pay and be accompanied by a paid adult)
LOCATION: Westwood Hills Nature Center, 8300 W. Franklin Ave.
Come explore different options for ways to pack your lunch in a more earthfriendly
way. We’ll look at everything from containers to menus. Bring your own tips and questions to add to our discussion! The whole family is welcome. A naturalist will lead a hike with kids ages 4 and up during the presentation, and we’ll come back together at the end to enjoy some tasty snacks.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Register Packing a Low Impact Lunch 5/3/2020 - 5/3/2020 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Su WHNC Info
Paper Making
ALL AGES (Children ages 2+ must pay and be accompanied by a paid adult)
LOCATION: Westwood Hills Nature Center, 8300 W. Franklin Ave.
Discover how nature inspired people to invent paper. Create some of your own one-of-a-kind paper in this hands-on program. We’ll start with a hike to collect natural materials and inspiration, then head back inside to learn the process of crafting your own handmade nature paper.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Cancelled Paper Making 4/18/2020 - 4/18/2020 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM Sa WHNC Info
Pond Study
ALL AGES (Children ages 2+ must pay and be accompanied by a paid adult)
LOCATION: Westwood Hills Nature Center, 8300 W. Franklin Ave.
Investigate the world of aquatic macroinvertebrates. We’ll hike to the pond and use dippers to collect and learn about these critters. Then, we’ll take our collection
inside and view them “larger than life” using our document camera and microscopes.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Register Pond Study 5/16/2020 - 5/16/2020 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM Sa 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
Cancelled Spring Break Scavenger Hunt April 3 4/3/2020 - 4/3/2020 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM F WHNC Info
Spring 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.
Snow, rain or sunshine, you never know what you’ll get with a Minnesota spring! Come out and explore the nature center on a self-guided hunt for seasonal clues. Start at the interpretive center with your scavenger hunt guide, and return when you’re finished to claim your prize!
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Cancelled Spring Scavenger Hunt Sunday April 26 4/26/2020 - 4/26/2020 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM Su WHNC Info
Summer Solstice Campfire
AGES 2+ (Children must pay and be accompanied by a paid adult)
LOCATION: Westwood Hills Nature Center, 8300 W. Franklin Ave.
Come enjoy an evening campfire at the nature center. Celebrate the longest day of the year as we hike, tell stories and socialize around the fire.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Register Summer Solstice Campfire Campfire 6/20/2020 - 6/20/2020 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Sa 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
Cancelled Walk the Lake 3/29/2020 - 3/29/2020 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM Su WHNC Info