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

Dec. 9 | Elm Creek
Celebrate cross-country skiing at this free inaugural event! Bring the whole family for a day of rennet tours, demonstrations, free lessons and rentals, and more. The first 1,000 visitors receive a free gift!

Dec. 16 | Hyland Lake
At Three Rivers, cross-country skiing is possible for people of all abilities. Test out sit-skiing equipment or give guided skiing a try at this open house. 

Jan. 14 | Silverwood
Need some inspiration for your upcoming wedding? Browse for vendors and get ideas for your big day. Entrance is free! (Photo by Dillinger Studios). 

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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 offered at Richardson Nature Center. While you're at it, mark your calendar for an upcoming seasonal event!

The SnowSports Academy offers private, semi-private and public skiing, snowboarding and Telemarking lessons for all ages and abilities. Sign up today!

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.

Outdoors

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.

group of children at apple cidering event

Groups & rental spaces

Groups

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.

Volunteering

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

Parking

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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