Richardson Nature Center

Hyland Lake Park Reserve
8737 E Bush Lake Rd
Bloomington, MN 55438

Homeschool classesField tripsIce Harvesting Day

Located within Hyland Lake Park Reserve, Richardson Nature Center is the largest of Three Rivers' nature centers. Inside, enjoy colorful clay mosaics by artist Chris Tully that cover the exhibit area walls, view interpretive displays, visit live animals and raptors, or observe birds in our backyard wildlife viewing area.

The interpretive area surrounding the building features hiking trails that weave between diverse habitats, including marshes, oak forests and restored prairie. Along the trails, visitors might spot some of the varied wildlife that live in the park, such as deer, fox, coyote, muskrats, and turkeys. Many species of birds can be observed in the area seasonally. 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, dig and build while adults play along or observe nearby.

Homeschool Classes

Online class listings and registration:

For more information, contact Richardson Nature Center at 763-694-7676 or richardsonnc(at)

Homeschool Field Trips

Looking for a special experience for your group? The professional naturalists at Richardson Nature Center are available year-round to create customized outdoor education programs for your group! Aquatic studies, insect programs, animal adaptations, birding, live raptors, snowshoeing, and maple syruping are some of the most popular options and naturalists can customize a program to meet the specific needs and interests of your group. Programs are generally two hours in length and cost depends on the number of participants.

For more information, contact Richardson Nature Center at 763-694-7676 or richardsonnc(at)

Ice Harvesting Day

Come to Hyland Lake Park Reserve in late January to see Minnesota’s ice harvesting history. Relive the adventures of Minnesota's hardy ice harvesters. Cut blocks of ice out of the pond with a vintage ice saw, pull an antique ice plow, weigh blocks of ice, use chipping tools and make ice cubes. Meet ice harvesting historian Tim Graf and costumed interpreters from The Landing. Try a kicksled, visit a fish house where water quality is determined, and watch live ice rescue demonstrations from Bloomington Fire and Rescue. Keep warm with campfires or enjoy cocoa and a film of early-1900s ice harvesting inside. Recommended for ages 3 and up.

For more information, visit or contact Richardson Nature Center at 763-694-7676 or richardsonnc(at)


Information subject to change. Please check with Richardson Nature Center for the most current information. Last updated on Tue, Aug 16, 2016.

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