Visit Springbrook Nature Center

We bring you closer to nature year-round. Enjoy three miles of hiking trails through oak and aspen forests, past prairies and through wetlands with floating boardwalks. Along the way, view native plants and wildlife.

Inside the Interpretive Center, get up-close and personal with live snakes, frogs, interactive exhibits and more!

Let Springbrook be your choice for a family adventure, a quiet interlude, a creative birthday party or an exciting educational program for your community group or school. Enjoy the beauty and diversity of nature.

About Springbrook

Front of SNC Building


Mission and Vision

The mission of Springbrook Nature Center (SNC) is: Cultivate connections between people and nature

In pursuit of this mission, we:
Provide natural spaces
Educate all visitors
Enrich our community

The vision of Springbrook Nature Center is: Nature is meaningful to all.


There are 127 acres of diverse native habitats and wildlife. We are excited to offer:

  • Native Prairie
  • Oak and Aspen Forest
  • Oak Savanna 
  • Wetland
  • Three Miles of Hiking Trails
  • Floating Boardwalk
  • Interpretive Center with Live Animals, Exhibits, and Educational Programs


Springbrook Nature Center offers educational programs for all ages.

  • Environmental Education
  • On-site and Off-site School Programs
  • Scout Programs
  • Summer Nature Camps
  • Preschool Programming
  • Live Animal Presentations

Plan Your Visit

children in the woods, smiling

Interpretive Center Hours

The Interpretive Center is open year-round. From November - March it is open daily from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and from April - October it is open daily from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

* The interpretive center may be closed for City holidays.

Learning at the Nature Center

There are four classrooms with windows overlooking nature, with access directly onto the trail.

Tree exhibitEngaging Exhibits: Whether you are 2 or 102, there is something to learn while exploring our exhibits.

Relaxation: Sit in the lounge near the fireplace for views of nature and a relaxing atmosphere.

Natural Fun: Just a short walk on the trail leads you to our Nature Play Area. Run, climb, build, and use your imagination in this natural playground (with new updates coming in 2024)!

Learn more about Springbrook  

Prairie in Fall

Community & Edible Gardens

Springbrook Nature Center (100 85th Avenue NE) has multiple vegetable and herb towers located near the front door of the Interpretive Center entrance. 

Parking: Parking is available in the Nature Center parking lot. 

The towers are the result of a Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP) grant to establish edible gardens in the Fridley community. 

Want to learn more about Community & Edible Gardens throughout the City of Fridley?  Visit the the Edible Gardens page.

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