Wood Lake Nature Center

Main Building & Parking: 6710 Lake Shore Drive (street map)  Richfield, MN 55423    612-861-9365
Building Hours: Monday-Saturday, 8:30 am-5:00 pm, Sunday, Noon-5:00 pm
Nature Center building closed on all major holidays - trails remain open
Park Hours: Daily, Sunrise to 11:00 pm

Follow this link to pre-register for Wood Lake programs and events.
Includes programs and events from September through December.
Scholarship and Fee Assistance Information

Recreation Programming Cancellations and Refunds
Contact Richfield Recreation Services directly (612-861-9385, richfieldrecreation@richfieldmn.gov, or in person), to request cancellation. When making changes or cancellations, please be aware of the policies listed below:

-*Cancellation made by participant within 14 days of program, NO refund
-**Cancellation made with at least 14 days’ notice or more, FULL refund (less a $5 processing fee per program cancelled)
-Special events such as Half-Haunted Halloween and Candlelight & Ice are non-refundable
-Birthday Parties: Refunds are not available for birthday parties. The party may be rescheduled within six months
-Cancellation made by the Recreation Services Department due to lack of enrollment, extreme weather conditions that prohibit the class, equipment failure, or any other unforeseen circumstance beyond our control, 100% refund
*Please refer to individual programs for exceptions to this policy
**Exceptions include injury with doctor’s note and death in the immediate family

Contact Recreation Services to transfer. A $5 processing fee per transferred program will apply. No participant substitution will be allowed for any program. All transfers must be made two weeks or more before the start of the program you are transferring out of for any credit to be given towards the program you are transferring into.

Candlelight and Ice 2023 - Copy
Sunday, December 31, 5:00-9:00 pm
$6/person, Free for Friends of Wood Lake members.
Must reserve tickets in advance, including FOWL members.
No tickets will be available at the door.
Join us for an enchanting New Year’s Eve experience! Embark on a captivating journey along a scenic walking trail illuminated by countless flickering candles, nestled amidst cattails and majestic trees. Keep your eyes peeled for glimpses of graceful deer, elusive coyotes, and wise owls that may cross your path. Revel in the invigorating winter evening air as you make your way back to the building, where you can roast marshmallows over a crackling fire and warm your spirits with delightful hot cocoa.
To secure your spot at this memorable event, make sure to purchase your tickets in advance at www.woodlakenaturecenter.org. Please note: No tickets will be available at the door. There are no refunds for this event. The doors open at 5:00 pm, but we recommend arriving by 8:15 pm to allow ample time to immerse yourself in all the activities offered. 

Walking Trail Conditions: Walking trails are in good condition. 
The ski trails are closed for the season
, see the Ski and Snowshoe page.
Park Guidelines:
Please keep our park healthy and welcoming to all wildlife and people by observing these guidelines...

  • Dogs are not allowed at Wood Lake (note: service dogs are welcomed.  Non-service dogs are allowed on a leash at any other Richfield park. The Richfield Off-Leash Dog Area is located at Roosevelt Park, 77th Street and Portland Avenue)
  • No bikes inside the park
  • Stay on the trails
  • Observe park signs
  • Dispose of trash and recycling properly
  • No picking of plants

En Español
Aquí se puede encontrar información en español acerca de programas y eventos para niños y familias. O también se puede bajar un folleto más corto mostrando algunos programas y eventos de destaco en español.

Other Activities at Wood Lake
Geocaching at Wood Lake
Did you know there are geocaches hidden inside of Wood Lake's 150 acres, waiting to be discovered? If you love being outdoors, exploring new places, or going on a nature hunt, this is the perfect activity for you!

Geocaching is a great outdoor recreation activity for all ages and experience levels (beginners welcome!). Geocaching uses the Global Positioning System (GPS) where points are located on a GPS receiver or mobile device to find hide-and-seek containers called "geocaches" or "caches” hidden at specific locations and marked by coordinates. A typical cache is a small, waterproof container with a logbook in which notes can be added by the finder.

Want to try geocaching at Wood Lake? Download the geocaching.com app on your mobile device and create an account for free. Don't own a mobile phone? Reserve one of our GPS receivers for free by calling Wood Lake at 612-861-9365.

Plan Your Visit
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.  Check out our Things To Do page to find out all the fun things there is to do during your visit at Wood Lake!

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. To plan a guided field trip with a naturalist, visit our Field Trips and Education page for more information or call 612-861-9365 to book a field trip. 

All-Terrain Wheelchairs

All terrain wheelchairs WLNC

Wood Lake Nature Center has two Grit Freedom Chairs available for use on the trails. These manual, all-terrain wheelchairs designed by MIT engineers were funded by round-up donations at Richfield Liquor stores. They have a chain drive system that the visitor can operate themselves, or a caregiver can assist with the handlebars. Adult and youth-sized chairs are available. They are easy to operate and will allow our visitors to navigate our trails with ease.

A recent teacher exclaimed how excited her student was to be able to enjoy a trail that was previously inaccessible to them.

Visitors can check out the wheel chairs at the front desk for use on site or call Wood Lake at 612-861-9365.

Wood Lake Building Project
Wood Lake staff is proposing the construction of a new building to replace the existing one. Staff is working on securing funding from a variety of sources. View the Wood Lake Building Concept.

  • Parking includes 7 accessible parking spaces
  • Parking lot is bordered by a sidewalk with 3 curb cut outs close to ramp entrance and 2 gate entrances
  • Automatic door opener at main entrance
  • ADA-compliant drinking fountain
  • Boardwalk trail is combination of paved and crushed limestone
  • Two amphitheaters on the property are accessible
  • Accessible dock 
  • Accessible picnic tables are available in the Emily Day Picnic Pavilion, the gateway picnic area by the parking lot,  and by the pollinator garden near the nature center building.
  • For specific accommodations, please contact 612-861-9366 with advanced notice