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