Oakdale Nature Preserve: Perfect for Picnics, Tennis & Skiing

Oakdale Nature Preserve from Valley Creek Apartments

Just a short, pleasant drive from Valley Creek Apartments is a green and peaceful place where nature is on full display. Oakdale Nature Preserve is an oasis for a variety of birds and wildlife. This relaxing preserve is a year-round destination with events and an amazing Discovery Center.

Oakdale Nature Preserve

The Oakdale Nature Preserve is a scenic, 220-acre recreational area with pristine tree-lined hiking and biking paths. There are also groomed trails for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing in the winter. Multiple ponds, bogs, prairie meadows, and different types of trees keep the vistas interesting.

You might spot a deer in the woodlands or hear an owl calling in the distance. The paved areas include tennis courts, picnic shelters, a playground, and an observation deck. The preserve is also home to a small lake, manicured gardens, and a historic schoolhouse.

The Discovery Center

The Oakdale Discovery Center is an award-winning community center offering interactive exhibits and activities for all ages. Visitors can see active beehives, colorful fish in the large aquarium, or learn new things in the wildlife exhibit room. There’s even a small book and DVD library. Rent a tandem bicycle or snowshoes to make your day at the preserve more special. For those interested in orienteering, they offer a “Discover Backpack” complete with a compass, binoculars, and map.

Special Events

The Discovery Center features work by local artists on a rotating basis, and they highlight a different artist each month. They often host nature scavenger hunts for children and geocaching hunts for adults. The Oakdale Historic Society hosts open houses and tours of the old school building several times a year.

A community room with great views is available for events accommodating up to 120 guests. Catering options are available for any occasion.


Woodbury is a great place to live. Valley Creek offers luxury apartments in a convenient location and is the perfect community to call home. For more information, please contact us to schedule a tour.

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