Gale Woods Farm

Outdoor fun on a real working farm. Located on picturesque Whaletail Lake in Minnetrista, Gale Woods Farm features a unique educational opportunity where visitors of all ages gain an understanding of agriculture, food production and land stewardship.

Explore the park on your own, arrange a field trip, or attend a public event. You can also buy fresh food and yarn, have a picnic by the lake or host a celebration. In addition to programs and summer camps for aspiring farmhands, you'll find a variety of skill-based classes including fiber arts, cooking and gardening.

Interactive Map of Gale Woods

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things to do

Bike Trail

Biking

Group of bikers on paved trail

2.2 miles of trails

Enjoy crushed limestone trails for hiking or biking as you loop around rolling fields and forests, and take in the scene of undeveloped lakeshore and beautiful wetlands. Cows, sheep and pigs may be visible on the pastures, and you can see chickens in the barnyard. Bike to the farm on the Dakota Rail Regional Trail.

Boat Launch

Boating

Couple carrying canoe to lake

558 acres of water

Enjoy a ½-mile hike around the pastures to the accessible fishing pier and non-motorized boat access. The reward: exploring the secluded bays of Whaletail Lake, known for its crappie and panfish. Canoe rentals and rack rental space are available June-September. Before your visit, please call Gale Woods Farm at 763.694.2001 for information on canoe rental hours.

Educational Farming

Educational Farming

Boy holding fresh picked carrots

Gale Woods presents unique opportunities to experience agriculture, food production and land stewardship. Workshops in gardening, farming, fiber arts and cooking strive to enrich lives and create connections in a casual group setting. The barn is open during public programs and scheduled group field trips, during which visitors can meet the animals and take part in seasonal farm activities such as collecting eggs, feeding the sheep, planting and harvesting in the garden or creating a wool-craft.

Fishing / Fishing Pier

Fishing

Two kids fishing from canoe

558 acres of water

Enjoy a half-mile hike around the pastures to the accessible fishing pier and non-motorized boat access. The reward: exploring the secluded bays of Whaletail Lake, known for its crappie and panfish. Canoe rentals and rack rental space are available June-September. For information on canoe rental hours, please call Gale Woods Farm at 763.694.2001.

Geocaching

Geocaching

Group looking at GPS units

Geocaching is a family-friendly, high-tech treasure hunt that combines respect for the environment with a sense of adventure. This activity involves placing or looking for a cache using global positioning system (GPS) equipment.

Hiking

Hiking

Children hiking farm trail

3.5 miles of trails

Enjoy crushed limestone trails for hiking or biking as you loop around rolling fields and forests, and take in the scene of undeveloped lakeshore and beautiful wetlands. Cows, sheep and pigs maybe visible on the pastures, and you can see chickens in the barnyard. Walk or hike to the farm on the Dakota Rail Regional Trail.

Paddling

Paddling

People canoeing at sunset

558 acres of water

Enjoy a half-mile hike around the pastures to the accessible fishing pier and non-motorized boat access. The reward: exploring the secluded bays of Whaletail Lake, known for its crappie and panfish. Canoe rentals and rack rental space are available June-September. Before your visit, call Gale Woods Farm at 763.694.2001 for information on canoe rental hours.

Picnic Area

Picnic Areas

View of picnic area and lake

Several picnic areas are spread around the farm. The pastoral scene and vista of Whaletail Lake offers a wonderful backdrop. A spacious three-season picnic pavilion is available for rent. Gale Woods has earned national recognition as a “green” venue for hosting earth-friendly events.

Snowshoeing

Snowshoeing

Girl putting on snowshoes

4.2 miles of trails

Enjoy un-groomed trails for snowshoeing as you loop around rolling fields and forests, and take in the scene of undeveloped lakeshore and beautiful wetlands. Cows, sheep and pigs maybe visible on the pastures, and you can see chickens in the barnyard. Snowshoes are available to rent.

Upcoming Events

April–Sept. | Gale Woods
Explore the barn, meet animals, assist with chores and participate in seasonal farm activities. $5. Children under 2 free. 20% discount for groups of four or more.

Oct. 7 | Gale Woods
Witness a giant pumpkin weigh-off, walk a llama, watch sheepherding and more! Free admission. For more details, check out the event page on Facebook. 

Oct. 14 | Gale Woods
Celebrate the harvest season at Gale Woods Farm! Enjoy string-band music, learn basic folk dancing, take a wagon ride and explore the farm. Walk-ins welcome. Farm-raised food available. $8.

Programs and Events

Upcoming programs and events at Gale Woods Farm.

Visitor Center, Farm Store, & Barn Hours

Visitor Center and Farm Store

Monday–Saturday, 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
Sunday, 12:00–5:00 PM

Buy it at the Farm: Purchase meats, produce, and other goods grown or raised at Gale Woods from the Store, or purchase a share of weekly produce.

Barn/Animal Hours

The barn is open only for scheduled groups and public programs. Call for availability.

Watch a video about Gale Woods

Oct. 1, 2017

Need some inspiration for your upcoming wedding? At the wedding fair at Hyland Hills Chalet, you can attend Q & A sessions, watch demonstrations, and browse for florists, decorations, caterers, invitations and more. Entrance is free! (Photo by Dillinger Studios)

The pavilion is available for large groups April–November. This facility, a popular spot for weddings and corporate events, overlooks Whaletail Lake and the farm’s pastures and gardens.

Celebrate your birthday with unique, hands-on experiences at Gale Woods Farm!

Groups

Whether you’re with a school, scout troop, 4-H or other group, Gale Woods Farm offers exciting, hands-on programs for preschoolers through adults. Learn more.

Community Farm Project

Funds from the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) shareholders program support the Community Farm Project. In cooperation with the Carver County Workforce Program, this project gives youth aged 14–15 the opportunity to work in our gardens and grow vegetables that will be distributed to farm shareholders, residents of the local community, visitors to the farm, and the Mound-Westonka Food Shelf. Youth farmers learn about sustainable agriculture and food production while receiving leadership training and building lifelong learning skills.

Dogs

Due to consideration of the farm animals, dogs are not allowed at Gale Woods Farm.

Volunteering

Volunteers are an important part of the operations at this park.

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