Wood Lake Nature Center
Wood Lake Nature Center, which is generally called the Nature Center, is a park preserve and Richfield's largest park. The preserve is nearly smack-dab in the middle of the city. It was opened in the early '70s as one of the first nature education facilities in the Midwest. Students of all ages often find themselves here on field trips to study the wildlife, insects and plants.
The park is also a recreational destination that offers three miles of walking paths and adult activities such as Nordic pole walking, make your own snowshoes and environmental book club.
Birthday parties are also held at the Nature Center and are led by a naturalist to provide a fun, educational experience for youth. Kids can explore critters, do a treasure hunt, meet live snakes and more.
- Hours: Building Hours: Mon - Sat, 8am - 5pm, Sun, noon - 5pm; Park Hours: Daily, 5am - 11pm
- Handicap Accessible: There is handicapped parking and accessible walking paths.
- Founding Date: 1971
- Parking: Free lot
- Are there any interesting facts about this location?: The park and Nature Center buildings are free and open to the public. Birthday parties range from about $85-$95, depending on residency and number of attendees. "Friends of Woodlake" memberships are available for individuals and families.
- Features: Benches, Picnic tables
- Services: Gift shop, Restrooms, Tours
- Permit requirements: A permit is required for alcohol.
- Restrictions: No alcohol, No pets
- Wi-Fi: None
- Area: 150.0 acres