Richardson Nature Center

Located within Hyland Lake Park Reserve, Richardson Nature Center is a gateway to stunning natural beauty just minutes from the city. Inside, colorful clay mosaics and sculptures by artist Chris Tully engage visitors with the natural world. Visitors can also meet Richardson’s resident raptors, reptiles, and amphibians up close.

Hyland PDF Maps

Find printable maps of Richardson and other areas of Hyland on the Hyland Lake Park Reserve page.

Upcoming Events

Ongoing | Multiple Locations
Pollinators play an important role in the production of fruits, vegetables and crops. Learn more about these critical creatures in one of many programs.

Ongoing | Multiple Locations
Go beyond your backyard feeder and learn about birds from experienced naturalists. Discover bird banding, meet a raptor and more.

Aug. 25 & 26 | Multiple Locations
Catch and tag monarchs before they leave on their 2,000-mile journey to Mexico. Learn about how tagging helps with monarch research.


All Programs and Events

Take a guided walk under the full moon, get fit outdoors with the GreenFit Club, take part in a Free Family Fun Day, or browse other programs and events offered at Richardson Nature Center.

More about Richardson

Richardson Nature Center interiorIndoors

Upstairs, floor-to-ceiling windows offer views of backyard wildlife and an active bee hive. The building has several rooms, an amphitheater, and an outdoor fire ring available for rent. The Center also offers a variety of free resources available for the public to use: bird watching backpacks, pond exploration kits, bug kits, frog kits, and Nordic walking poles.


The interpretive area surrounding the building features hiking trails that weave between the diverse habitats of restored prairie, oak forests, and wetlands. Along the trails, visitors might spot deer, fox, coyote, muskrats, and turkeys. Many species of birds are observed in the area seasonally, including nesting pairs of Ospreys and Trumpeter Swans. Cell phone audio stops, trail guides, exploration kits and interpretive signs are available throughout the park.

The Nature Exploration Area encourages free play in the outdoors. Children can explore, climb, dig and build a fort while adults play along or observe nearby.

Solar Energy

A photovoltaic (PV) system on Richardson’s roof gathers energy from the sun and converts it into electricity, directly offsetting 40 to 50 percent of the building’s need for electricity from the grid. The Center also offers Solar Energy education programs. View a dashboard showing solar generation at Richardson Nature Center.

 young boy wading in the water holding a net.

Register for Summer Camp

Camps are available on topics including nature exploration, outdoor recreation, golf, fishing, farming, art and Minnesota history. See camps offered at Richardson or browse all summer camps at Three Rivers. 

Provide Input On A Future Trail Route

Three Rivers Park District is seeking input from the public on a future regional trail route between Nine Mile Creek Regional Trail and Hyland Lake Park Reserve. Learn more about the trail study and tell us what you think

group of children at apple cidering event

Groups & rental spaces


Richardson Nature Center is home to a world of nature education for groups of all ages and sizes. With a wide range of programs to choose from, or the ability to create your own program, there are endless opportunities at Richardson.

Rental Spaces

Rent a space and host your next meeting, retreat, family gathering or other event at Richardson Nature Center.

Equipment Rental

A variety of equipment is available for rent during business hours, including Nordic walking poles, nature exploration kits, all-terrain wheelchairs, snowshoes, kick sleds, and downhill sleds.


Three Rivers relies on the support of volunteers to maintain the high quality programs and operations at the nature centers.


Daily parking fees apply to commercial vehicles, buses, or vans. Reservations for commercial vehicles must be made at least two weeks in advance by calling 763.559.6700.

Wild Birthday Parties are offered year-round and are appropriate for children age four and older. Nature-based topics range from pond insects to birds, and snowshoeing to live animals.

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