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Expanding appreciation of nature through hiking

Expanding appreciation of nature through hiking

Sofia Seewald

March 28, 2020

When I was little my dad used to take me up north and we would camp and hike. I always enjoyed the bonding with my dad, but after a while I would start to complain about my feet hurting. Recently, however, I have found a new appreciation for the outdoor activity. I have lived by Theodore Wirth Parkway...

Wildlife photography changes perspective

This great horned owl visited me in my backyard last spring. I have seen great horned owls multiple times near my home. Editing has become a part of the art I create in wildlife photography. Post processing for my photos does not follow the same ethical standards of journalism — elements of a photo can be taken out at my discretion.

Noah Orloff

January 29, 2020

I take a silent deep breath as I look into my viewfinder — I am in the presence of a great horned owl, an apex predator that just landed on a perch in front of me. The adrenaline rush that proceeds, is characteristic of almost all of my wildlife encounters. For as long as I can remember, I have ...

City Council approves ideas for design for Nature Center building

The Westwood Hills Nature Center Building open in 1980. City Council approved the plan to design a new building.

Deanna Afremov

January 11, 2017

According to Recreation Superintendent Jason West, construction designs for a new Nature Center building are underway. “Currently the City Council has approved for staff to begin preliminary design for the construction of a new Nature Center building. This is just the one of the very first steps t...

NHS volunteers at Halloween party

Coordinator of the event instructs juniors Nils Rykken, Adah Koivula and Jesse Schwartz on the next phase of the preparation for the gala.

Makagbe Kuyateh

October 14, 2015

When junior Hannah Ellingson saw the National Honors Society plans to volunteer at Westwood Nature Center’s Halloween party, she remembered dressing up as a Dalmation. She said she looks forward to volunteering at the Halloween party the first time this year with National Honors Society (NHS). ...

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