Westwood Hills Nature Center


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160 acres


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

N44 57.828, W93 23.175

Hiking Trails

Several hiking trails, including a 1.54-mile loop trail


No hunting

Ecological Classification Province  

Eastern Broadleaf Forest Province

Ecological Classification

Minnesota & NE Iowa Morainal


Big Woods

Land Type Association(s)

Hopkins Moraine

Native Plant Communities1

Not mapped (2/2/2018)

Natural Features

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

Ownership St. Louis Park    

St. Louis Park










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Westwood Lake

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Cattail Marsh

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Maple/Basswood Forest

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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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Published on Feb 21, 2019

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Published on Feb 15, 2018

The City of St. Louis Park is considering a new building at Westwood Hills Nature Center.




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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


whitetail deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

whitetail deer

painted turtle (Chrysemys picta)

western painted turtle

MinnesotaSeasons.com Observations

boreal chorus frog (Pseudacris maculata)

boreal chorus frog


Twelve bird species with conservation status in Minnesota and one tracked species 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)



Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)


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 (Picoides 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)

common green darner


American mink (Neovison vison)

eastern gray squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis)

whitetail deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

whitetail deer



American basswood (Tilia americana var. americana)

American black currant (Ribes americanum)

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)

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)

ironwood (Ostrya virginiana var. virginiana)

Missouri gooseberry (Ribes missouriense)

nannyberry (Viburnum lentago)

narrow-leaved cattail (Typha angustifolia)

northern hackberry (Celtis occidentalis)

northern lady fern (Athyrium filix-femina ssp. 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 ginger (Asarum canadense)

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 (wild ginger)

Athyrium filix-femina ssp. 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 (ironwood)

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

wild ginger

wild leek

yellow marsh marigold


painted turtle (Chrysemys picta)

western painted turtle




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