Westwood Hills Nature Center




St. Louis Park




St. Louis Park




















Westwood Hills Nature Center trail map




160 acres




8300 W. Franklin Ave.
St. Louis Park, MN 55426

N44 57.828, W93 23.175




Nature center trails are open every day from sunrise to sunset, year-round.

The interpretive center building is open year-round during the following times, except for holidays and dates listed below.

  • Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday, noon - 5 p.m.



Parking and admission are free.


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Hiking Trails


Several hiking trails, including a 1.54-mile loop trail




No hunting


Ecological Classification

  Ecological Classification  
  Ecological Province     Eastern Broadleaf Forest Province    
  Ecological Section     Minnesota & NE Iowa Morainal    
  Ecological Subsection     Big Woods    
  Land Type Associations     Hopkins Moraine    

Native Plant Communities*


Not mapped (7/10/2020)

  * Source: The Minnesota Biological Survey, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Division of Ecological Resources      

Natural Features


Westwood Lake, marsh, pine forest, maple/basswood forest






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Trail Map

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Westwood Lake

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Cattail Marsh

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Paved Trail

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Maple/Basswood Forest

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  Westwood Hills Nature Center St. Louis Park Minnesota
Jesse Ingerson

Published on Jul 11, 2018

Went to the Westwood Nature Center in St. Louis Park MN to take some photographs. Shot some video as well.

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Lens - Canon EF 50mm f1.4

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Published on Feb 21, 2019

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Published on Feb 15, 2018

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Visitor Sightings

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  American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)      

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Barred Owl (Strix varia)

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)

Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)

Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)

Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)

Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator)

Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo)

Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)


Northern Shoveler

Trumpeter Swan


Fungi and Lichens


Dryad’s Saddle (Cerioporus squamosus)

Giant Puffball (Calvatia gigantea)

Grisette (Amanita vaginata)

Mica Cap (Coprinellus micaceus)


Sharp-scaly Pholiota (Pholiota squarrosoides)

Thin-Walled Maze Polypore (Daedaleopsis confragosa)


Tawny Grisette

Poplar Pholiota


Insects and Arachnids


eastern boxelder bug (Boisea trivittata)

orbweavers (Family Araneidae)

red-spotted purple (Limenitis arthemis astyanax)

  red-spotted purple  


  whitetail deer (Odocoileus virginianus)   whitetail deer  


  painted turtle (Chrysemys picta)   western painted turtle  
MinnesotaSeasons.com Sightings




  boreal chorus frog (Pseudacris maculata)   boreal chorus frog  



Twelve bird species with conservation status in Minnesota have been seen here:


Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus)


Common Tern (Sterna hirundo)

Special Concern

American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)

Cerulean Warbler (Setophaga cerulea)

Forster’s Tern (Sterna forsteri)

Franklin’s Gull (Leucophaeus pipixcan)

Hooded Warbler (Setophaga citrina)

Louisiana Waterthrush (Parkesia motacilla)

Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis)

Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)

Purple Martin (Progne subis)

Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator)


eBird Field Checklist


American Robin (Turdus migratorius)

Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)

Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)

Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)

Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)

Downy Woodpecker (Dryobates pubescens)

Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)

Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)

Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)

Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum)

Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus)

Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)

Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)

Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)

White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)

Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo)

Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)

Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata)


Blue Jay


Northern Cardinal

Wild Turkey

Wood Duck


Fungi and Lichens

  Artist’s Conk (Ganoderma applanatum)   Artist’s Conk  

Insects and Arachnids


common green darner (Anax junius)

eastern boxelder bug (Boisea trivittata)

red admiral (Vanessa atalanta)

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American mink (Neovison vison)

eastern gray squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis)

whitetail deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

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American basswood (Tilia americana var. americana)

American black currant (Ribes americanum)

American hophornbeam (Ostrya virginiana var. virginiana)

black cherry (Prunus serotina var. serotina)

boxelder (Acer negundo var. negundo)

broad-leaved cattail (Typha latifolia)

bull thistle (Cirsium vulgare)

bur oak (Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa)

Canada mayflower (Maianthemum canadense)

Canadian wild ginger (Asarum canadense)

common blue violet (Viola sororia)

common buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica)

common burdock (Arctium minus)

common dandelion (Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale)

common duckweed (Lemna minor)

common false Solomon’s seal (Maianthemum racemosum var. racemosum)

common motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca ssp. cardiaca)

common mullein (Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus)

Dutchman’s breeches (Dicentra cucullaria)

early meadow-rue (Thalictrum dioicum)

eastern false rue anemone (Enemion biternatum)

eastern white pine (Pinus strobus)

garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata)

ground ivy (Glechoma hederacea)

hairy wood mint (Blephilia hirsuta var. hirsuta)

hybrid cattail (Typha × glauca)

Missouri gooseberry (Ribes missouriense)

nannyberry (Viburnum lentago)

narrow-leaved cattail (Typha angustifolia)

northern hackberry (Celtis occidentalis)

northern lady fern (Athyrium filix-femina var. angustum)

northern pin oak (Quercus ellipsoidalis)

northern red oak (Quercus rubra)

northern white cedar (Thuja occidentalis)

ostrich fern (Matteuccia struthiopteris var. pensylvanica)

Pennsylvania sedge (Carex pensylvanica)

plains cottonwood (Populus deltoides ssp. molinifera)

red elderberry (Sambucus racemosa var. racemosa)

red osier dogwood (Cornus sericea ssp. sericea)

red pine (Pinus resinosa)

river birch (Betula nigra)

sensitive fern (Onoclea sensibilis)

silver maple (Acer saccharinum)

spinulose wood fern (Dryopteris carthusiana)

staghorn sumac (Rhus typhina)

stinging nettle (Urtica dioica ssp. gracilis)

sugar maple (Acer saccharum ssp. saccharum)

tamarack (Larix laricina)

Virginia waterleaf (Hydrophyllum virginianum var. virginianum)

weeping willow (Salix × sepulcralis)

white clover (Trifolium repens)

white spruce (Picea glauca)

wild grape (Vitis riparia)

wild leek (Allium tricoccum)

yellow marsh marigold (Caltha palustris var. palustris)


Acer negundo var. negundo (boxelder)

Acer saccharinum (silver maple)

Acer saccharum ssp. saccharum (sugar maple)

Alliaria petiolata (garlic mustard)

Allium tricoccum (wild leek)

Arctium minus (common burdock)

Asarum canadense (Canadian wild ginger)

Athyrium filix-femina var. angustum (northern lady fern)

Betula nigra (river birch)

Blephilia hirsuta var. hirsuta (hairy wood mint)

Caltha palustris var. palustris (yellow marsh marigold)

Carex pensylvanica (Pennsylvania sedge)

Celtis occidentalis (northern hackberry)

Cirsium vulgare (bull thistle)

Cornus sericea ssp. sericea (red osier dogwood)

Dicentra cucullaria (Dutchman’s breeches)

Dryopteris carthusiana (spinulose wood fern)

Enemion biternatum (eastern false rue anemone)

Glechoma hederacea (ground ivy)

Hydrophyllum virginianum var. virginianum (Virginia waterleaf)

Larix laricina (tamarack)

Lemna minor (common duckweed)

Leonurus cardiaca ssp. cardiaca (common motherwort)

Maianthemum canadense (Canada mayflower)

Maianthemum racemosum var. racemosum (common false Solomon’s seal)

Matteuccia struthiopteris var. pensylvanica (ostrich fern)

Onoclea sensibilis (sensitive fern)

Ostrya virginiana var. virginiana (American hophornbeam)

Picea glauca (white spruce)

Pinus resinosa (red pine)

Pinus strobus (eastern white pine)

Populus deltoides ssp. molinifera (plains cottonwood)

Prunus serotina var. serotina (black cherry)

Quercus ellipsoidalis (northern pin oak)

Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa (bur oak)

Quercus rubra (northern red oak)

Rhamnus cathartica (common buckthorn)

Rhus typhina (staghorn sumac)

Ribes americanum (American black currant)

Ribes missouriense (Missouri gooseberry)

Salix × sepulcralis (weeping willow)

Sambucus racemosa var. racemosa (red elderberry)

Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale (common dandelion)

Thalictrum dioicum (early meadow-rue)

Thuja occidentalis (northern white cedar)

Tilia americana var. americana (American basswood)

Trifolium repens (white clover)

Typha × glauca (hybrid cattail)

Typha angustifolia (narrow-leaved cattail)

Typha latifolia (broad-leaved cattail)

Urtica dioica ssp. gracilis (stinging nettle)

Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus (common mullein)

Viburnum lentago (nannyberry)

Viola sororia (common blue violet)

Vitis riparia (wild grape)


American black currant

black cherry

Canada mayflower

common blue violet

common mullein

Dutchman’s breeches

ground ivy

Missouri gooseberry


Pennsylvania sedge

red elderberry

Virginia waterleaf

Canadian wild ginger

wild leek

yellow marsh marigold



  painted turtle (Chrysemys picta)   western painted turtle  




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