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WHNC Tuesday Turtles
AGES 4 & 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.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Register Tuesday Turtles December 12/3/2019 - 12/17/2019 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Tu WHNC Info
Register Tuesday Turtles February 2/4/2020 - 2/25/2020 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Tu WHNC Info
Register Tuesday Turtles January 1/7/2020 - 1/28/2020 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Tu WHNC Info
Register Tuesday Turtles March 3/3/2020 - 3/24/2020 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Tu WHNC Info
Register Tuesday Turtles November 11/5/2019 - 11/26/2019 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.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Register Puppet Story Animal Tracks and Clues Friday 1/10/2020 - 1/10/2020 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM F WHNC Info
Register Puppet Story Animal Tracks and Clues Monday 1/6/2020 - 1/6/2020 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM M WHNC Info
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
Register Puppet Story Owls Friday 12/13/2019 - 12/13/2019 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM F WHNC Info
Register Puppet Story Owls Monday 12/9/2019 - 12/9/2019 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM M WHNC Info
Register Puppet Story Who's Hibernating? Friday 2/7/2020 - 2/7/2020 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM F WHNC Info
Register Puppet Story Who's Hibernating? Monday 2/3/2020 - 2/3/2020 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM M WHNC Info
Register Turkeys Friday 11/22/2019 - 11/22/2019 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM F WHNC Info
WHNC Nature Unnoticed
Ages 18+
Explore your natural curiosity. Join a naturalist on a nature walk. We'll focus on the seasonal activities of the plants, animals found in the park, so each hike will be a unique experience.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Register Nature Unnoticed January 11 1/11/2020 - 1/11/2020 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Sa WHNC Info
Register Nature Unnoticed March 28 3/28/2020 - 3/28/2020 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Sa WHNC Info
WHNC Winter Break Camps
GRADES K - 5 (Drop-off camps)
Experience indoor and outdoor winter break activities. Each camp will have a different topic. Choose one or all of these camps to complement your winter break schedule.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Register Winter Break Camp - Animals Warm and Cold December 26 12/26/2019 - 12/26/2019 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Th WHNC Info
Register Winter Break Camp - Cozy Camp December 30 12/30/2019 - 12/30/2019 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM M WHNC Info
Register Winter Break Camp - Imagine, Design and Build December 31 12/31/2019 - 12/31/2019 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Tu WHNC Info
Register Winter Break Camp - Raccoon Time December 27 12/27/2019 - 12/27/2019 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM F 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.
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
AGES 5+ (Children must pay and be accompanied by a paid adult.)
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
Be the Light Winter Solstice Walk
ALL AGES (Children must be accompanied by an adult.)
We will use this shortest day of the year to help us remember that many in our community aren’t able “to see the Light” because of struggles with mental illness or difficult situations. Together we can be the light for those in our community and help them take their first “steps” out of the darkness. Activities will include a self-guided luminary trail, bon fire, s’mores, and making your own luminary. (Must be preregistered)
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Register Be the Light Winter Solstice Walk 12/21/2019 - 12/21/2019 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Sa WHNC Info
Close Encounters
ALL AGES (Children ages 2+ must pay and be accompanied by a paid adult)
Have you ever wondered what a salamander feels like? What a turtle likes to eat? Or how a snake moves without any legs? Our exhibit animals will be out for an up-close and hands-on day where you can learn the answers to these questions and more.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Register Close Encounters 1/12/2020 - 1/12/2020 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Su WHNC Info
Fire Starting
AGES 6+ (Children must pay and be accompanied by a paid adult)
Create your own fire starter and put it to use! Learn about different structures and things that can be used to start a campfire. Enjoy a s’more over your very own fire.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Register Fire Starting 1/19/2020 - 1/19/2020 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM Su WHNC Info
Hide-n-Seek Challenge
ALL AGES (Children ages 2+ must pay and be accompanied by a paid adult)
Can you hide as well as a flying squirrel in a tree? Are you as observant as an owl on a dark night? Find out during Westwood’s Hide-n-Seek Challenge where you’ll discove rhow different animals use camouflage, stealth and their senses to survive by participating ina series of outdoor activities.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Register Hide-n-Seek Challenge 12/7/2019 - 12/7/2019 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM Sa WHNC Info
Life in the Cold
ALL AGES (Children ages 2+ must pay and be accompanied by a paid adult)
Minnesota is known for its harsh winter weather, but what keeps animals warm and safe? Discover the answer through hands-on experiments and a fun winter walk. Bring your warm winter boots, and we’ll provide the hot cocoa.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Register Life in the Cold 1/4/2020 - 1/4/2020 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM Sa WHNC Info
Maple Syrup
ALL AGES (Children ages 2+ must pay and be accompanied by a paid adult)
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
Register 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 Feb 15 2/15/2020 - 2/15/2020 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM Sa 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)
Spend an afternoon of spring break exploring the outdoors. Spend some time exploring the nature center for signs that spring is returning, such as migratory birds, sprouting plants, active animals, mud and more!
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Register Spring Break Scavenger Hunt 4/3/2020 - 4/3/2020 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM F WHNC Info
Tree-mendous Candle Making
AGES 7+ (Children must pay and be accompanied by a paid adult.)
Cedar, spruce and pines are natural smells that remind us of seasons changing. Come and learn about the conifers growing at Westwood. Use dried needles to create your own soy candle to take home and enjoy! End with a hike in the park with a naturalist.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Register Tree-mendous Candle Making 11/24/2019 - 11/24/2019 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Su WHNC Info
Walk the Lake
ALL AGES (Children ages 2+ must pay and be accompanied by a paid adult)
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
Walking Stick
ALL AGES (All children ages 2+ must pay and be accompanied by a paid adult.)
Come to Westwood and pick out a Buckthorn walking stick. Fashion your walking stick to your liking and take a self-guided hike to test your creation.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Register Walking Stick 1/25/2020 - 1/25/2020 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM Sa WHNC Info
Winter Birds
ALL AGES (Children ages 2+ must pay and be accompanied by a paid adult)
Not all birds fly south for the winter! Come and learn about some of Minnesota’s winter-hardy birds and how they adapt to the cold. Meet one of Westwood’s raptors.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Register Winter Birds 12/15/2019 - 12/15/2019 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM Su WHNC Info
Winter Games
AGES 2+ (Children must pay and be accompanied by a paid adult.)
Come out to the lake and woods to play some winter games. Have fun doing activities like snow bowling, snowball targets and kicksledding (activities depend on snow conditions). Hot chocolate will be served. Dress for the weather.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Register Winter Games 2/23/2020 - 2/23/2020 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM Su WHNC Info
Winter Stars Campfire
ALL AGES (Children ages 2+ must pay and be accompanied by a paid adult)
Come enjoy a Friday night fire at the nature center. Learn famous stories about constellations and how humans have used the night sky.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Register Winter Stars Campfire 2/21/2020 - 2/21/2020 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM F WHNC Info
Wood Round Valentines
ALL AGES (Children ages 2+ must pay and be accompanied by a paid adult.)
Design your own “tree cookie” creations to give to your valentine. Combine natural materials along with art and craft supplies to create something unique and special. We’ll provide the materials, you bring the ideas.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Register Wood Round Valentines 2/9/2020 - 2/9/2020 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM Su WHNC Info
Woodland Photo Frames
ALL AGES (Children ages 2+ must pay and be accompanied by a paid adult)
Create your own unique picture frame! Take a short self-guided hike to collect natural materials from the nature center and then attach them to unfinished picture frames. All frames and other materials are included.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Register Woodland Photo Frames 12/14/2019 - 12/14/2019 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM Sa WHNC Info
Woodpeckers
ALL AGES (Children ages 2+ must pay and be accompanied by a paid adult)
Woodpeckers are found almost everywhere in the world, including Westwood. Find out which woodpeckers call Minnesota home and learn some amazing facts from Westwood’s very own woodpecker character. Put together a simple suet feeder and take a walk to search for woodpeckers and the clues they leave behind.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Register Woodpeckers 2/1/2020 - 2/1/2020 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM Sa WHNC Info