Floating Bridge

6710 Lake Shore Drive (street map)
Richfield, MN 55423
612-861-9365

Office Hours
Monday-Saturday: 8:30 am-5:00 pm
Sunday: 12:00-5:00 pm 

Park Hours
Daily: Sunrise to 11:00 pm

Winter Programs & Events
Wood Lake's schedule of offerings is now online!  See the link below to the program brochure, then follow the online registration link below to register online for many of Wood Lake's programs (adult/child classes, kids holiday camps, and more!).

 

Online Registration
Register online for select Wood Lake classes, child and adult. 

Ski/Snowshoe Trails and Rental (updated 1/21/20)
Snowshoes and skis are available for rent. Trails are groomed! 

Now Hiring: Seasonal Naturalist   Apply online here
STARTING SALARY: $13.83/hour
HOURS 40 hours per week
SCHEDULE: Tuesday through Saturday, beginning sometime in February 2020 through August 2020.
NATURE OF WORK Develops and conducts high quality environmental education and interpretive naturalist programs and works with staff in operation of Wood Lake Nature Center. ESSENTIAL DUTIES 1. Conducts high quality environmental education activities with groups of all ages and types of people, with a focus on K-5 age group. 2. Conducts weekend birthday parties, scout programs and occasional off-site programs. 3. Responsible for the nature center on Saturdays. 4. Assists staff with administrative duties including group scheduling, purchasing, telephones, etc. 5. Answers inquiries from the public about wildlife identification, habits, nuisance problems, etc. 6. Develops and produces seasonal exhibits. 7. Assists in the training and supervision of student interns and volunteers. 8. Assists in building and grounds maintenance as needed. 9. Assists with a variety of daily and summer-long projects such as; prairie management, exotic species control, and trail maintenance. 10. Assists the planning committee with the Urban Wildland Half Marathon and 5K races, and plays a leadership role at the event. 11. Plans and executes a project of their choice.

Friends of Wood Lake Memberships
Become a Friends of Wood Lake member today!  Your membership entitles you to free ski/snowshoe use, free or discounted admission to many Wood Lake programs and events, and provides crucial financial support to Wood Lake Nature Center.  Friends of Wood Lake also hosts fundraising events that support the Center's environmental-education programs, facility upgrades, and unforeseen problems that can exceed the City's budget.

Become A Member (or renew membership)  -  Membership Information  -  Membership Application

Programs & Events
Wood Lake has a variety of programs and events throughout the year for people of any age.  Browse through the seasonal Wood Lake Program Guide for the current season's offerings, register online for many programs, and view the Wood Lake Event Calendar to see what's happening this month at Wood Lake.

Nature Exploration Backpacks  Available for checkout!
Wood Lake has six nature exploration backpacks that families can check out for free: two birding packs, two forest exploration packs, and two insect packs. The packs have handy tools and information for doing some independent exploring. Ask at the front desk during regular business hours (M-Sat, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, Sun, Noon to 5:00 pm).  Backpack photos

Environmental Education
Since 1971, the K-6 Richfield Public School students have visited Wood Lake three times a year as part of their regular science curriculum  This partnership is made possible by the annual Urban Wildland Half Marathon & 5K.

About Us

Wood Lake Nature Center is a 150-acre natural area dedicated to environmental education, wildlife observation, and outdoor recreation.  Wood Lake staff offices at the 4,000 square-foot main building, which features many educational exhibits (see hours above).  The park features several wildlife viewing areas, a 100-seat amphitheater, a picnic ground, and three miles of trails and boardwalks. The trails are either blacktop or crushed limestone and most are wheelchair accessible during summer months. To preserve the natural habitat, no pets, bikes or rollerblades are allowed.


Walking/Ski Trails

Wood Lake has over two miles of crushed limestone walking trails, floating boardwalk, and groomed cross-country ski trails (weather-permitting).  See Wood Lake's trail map for distances and more information.  The trails wind through three different habitats: cattail marsh, mixed lowland forest, and restored prairie.  For a list of birds you may see at Wood Lake, refer to our birding brochure.

Mission Statement
Wood Lake's mission is to provide the public with high-quality experiences in recreation and environmental education programs, act as a teacher/naturalist training facility and provide a high quality, diverse freshwater marsh-oriented nature facility for those programs and for use by individuals and groups seeking unprogrammed natural experiences.

History
Wood Lake was once a recreational lake, surrounded by homes, but much of its water drained in the 1950's. In 1969, the Richfield City Council approved the conversion of Wood Lake into a nature center.

The City of Richfield has supported Wood Lake Nature Center for over 30 years. Wood Lake - dedicated as the first municipal nature center in 1971 - was one of the first nature centers built in the Twin Cities.

In 1991, Friends of Wood Lake (FOWL) was formed as an advocacy and fundraising group.

In 2018, Wood Lake Naturalists provided programming to 19,921 people. That represents 24,740 hours of program time. Approximately 72,000 visitors a year visit Wood Lake for the trails and overall nature experience.

To maintain the park and support its plant and animal life, please observe the following guidelines:
-Stay on the trail
-Observe park signs
-No picking of plants
-No pets
-No bikes

 



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