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Visitors mark 40th anniversary of Westwood Hills Nature Center in St. Louis Park | Free

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Hundreds of guests and dignitaries, together with Minnesota Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan, marked the 40th anniversary of Westwood Hills Nature Center Sept. 26.

Activities included puppet reveals, excursions, a silent public sale sponsored by St. Louis Park Rotary and St. Louis Park Sunrise Rotary and an artwork present sponsored by St. Louis Park Friends of the Arts.

Also on Sept. 26, a brand new open-air shelter constructed on the positioning of the earlier interpretive heart was devoted. This open-air shelter was constructed to accommodate youth programming, due to a donation from Maurice Hobbs in honor of his late spouse, Barbara Hobbs – a longtime St. Louis Park resident and Westwood Hills Nature Center customer. She had hoped that the open-air pavilion would assist educate kids to search out as a lot pleasure in nature as she did. Westwood Hills Nature Center and St. Louis Park metropolis workers, together with elected officers, formally opened the Hobbs Pavilion.

Also devoted on the occasion have been two bronze sculptures on the entrance to Westwood Hills Nature Center, donated by the 2 Rotary golf equipment. Mayor Jake Spano and Flanagan spoke on the dedication earlier than inviting Rotary members and kids in the viewers to affix in the ribbon-cutting.