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

Upcoming Events

June 20 & 21 | Multiple Locations
Participate in a guided canoe paddle, hike through rolling trails, do yoga outdoors or socialize with others as you take in the sights and sounds at the onset of summer.

April–Sept.| Multiple Locations
Celebrate bugs with us with programs and events throughout Three Rivers!

All Programs & 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 all programs and events offered at Richardson Nature Center.

Nearly all of our program offerings can be adapted or modified. Please call 763-559-9000 (for relay services dial 711) or email to request free modifications and learn about available options. Learn more about accessibility at Three Rivers

Become a Junior Naturalist

20 pages of activities to help you explore

Learn about nature all around you with the Junior Naturalist Activity Book! Pick up a free copy at this location or print it out. Available in both English and Spanish.

Discover the world of birding in the Young Birders Club! Learn all about native birds, and attend programs and events at nature centers in Three Rivers. Open to ages 9-12.

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. There are also a variety of free resources available for anyone 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. 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.

Equipment Rental

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

Virtual Tour


Parking is free for personal vehicles. 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.

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.


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

Wild Birthday Parties are offered year-round and are appropriate for children age 4 and older. Nature-based topics range from pond insects to birds, and snowshoeing to live animals.

Give to Richardson

Love Richardson Nature Center? Help improve displays, support outdoor education programs and care for animals with a donation.

The Wandering Naturalist

Episodes 201–203: Secrets of the Soil

Delve into what makes soil healthy with Angela and Brandon. Learn about the impacts of invasive earthworms, how sustainable soil practices can benefit farmers and the relationship between bugs and healthy soil. 

The Three Rivers Blog

January 18, 2023

Learn about the 25-year history of Three Rivers’ ice harvest celebration and what this event can tell us about the climate. 

Phenology: Nature's Calendar

By: Ashley Smith

March 22, 2021

American robins, red-winged blackbirds, the call of wood frogs — signs of spring are upon us and we are taking note! Learn what it means to notice these changes of the season and how phenology helps local and global communities.

February 03, 2021

Watch a video to learn about the elusive mating ritual of the American woodcock and get tips on how you can experience this seasonal display of courtship this spring.

Similar Areas

Lowry Nature Center

7025 Nature Center Drive
Victoria, MN 55386

Eastman Nature Center

13351 Elm Creek Road
Dayton, MN 55369

Mississippi Gateway Visitor Center

10360 West River Road
Brooklyn Park, MN 55444