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Wood Lake Nature Center, Richfield

#28 of 65 in Wildlife in Minnesota
Must see · Wildlife Area · Educational Site
Wood Lake Nature Center is a 150-acre (0.61 km2) nature preserve within Richfield, Minnesota. In addition to Wood Lake, the park contains mixed lowland forest, cattail marsh and restored prairie habitats. Three miles of walking trails and boardwalks surround the lake as well as observation shelters,docks, a picnic area, and an outdoor amphitheater. There is an Interpretive Center in Wood Lake Nature Center staffed by naturalists who offer year round class for adults and children.

According to the Wood Lake Nature Center's website, Wood Lake was once a recreational lake surrounded by homes. Most of the Wood Lakes's water drained during the 1950s. The city of Richfield founded the Wood Lake Nature Center in 1971.
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  • This is one of the best nature centers. There is wildlife, great trails, lots of water, forest and prairie. The visitor center is interesting as well. The main feature is a boardwalk through the...  more »
  • Nestled amongst high rises and highways is this bucolic haven. On the day we visited we saw scarlet tanagers and wild turkeys. A hummingbird gathering tufts from dried cat-o-nine tails to feather...  more »
  • Beautiful place to walk in any season. Offer several well-groomed wide paths with nice views of the marsh and lake. Expect to see wildlife. They have a small welcome center with a large poster of birds that one can expect to see migrating through the area at different times of year. They also offer educational programs and special events. Great for all ages. No steps.
  • Have spent hours in this wonderful nature preserve. Quiet retreat in the middle of an urban area. Wildlife sanctuary seems to have a prairie, swamp, and Forest area. Have seen plenty of wildlife in all three. Personally have seen many different small mammals, and deer in the forest area. Plenty of ducks and geese in the swamp area. Many birds in the prairie area. A haven for amateur photographers. Piece of advice for photographers from personal experience. Turn your phone off. Was framing picture of two egrets and the phone rang and they flew away.

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