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Address: 215 W Plum Street, Houston, MN 55943
Phone Number: 507-896 4668
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Taste of the Trail

I returned after attending the Taste of the Trail event last fall. This place offers Alice the owl, who is the pet of the local naturalist. I had so much fun meeting Alice and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2013
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Peterson, Minnesota, United States
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Chanhassen, Minnesota
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

I have been here many times and this is a great place that kids and adults will enjoy. For adults, take a look at the repurposed iron sculptures outside the Nature Center. In the building, you will likely see one of the owls in the back room and kids will enjoy some of the "touch me" exhibits and interactive opportunities.... More 

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Davenport, IA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

We went to the concert in the park and stopped in at the nature center. Very interesting, I had no idea Minnesota had rattle snacks but was happy to know no one has been bitten since the 1800's. Definitely a place to stop when in Houston.

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Peterson, Minnesota, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

I returned after attending the Taste of the Trail event last fall. This place offers Alice the owl, who is the pet of the local naturalist. I had so much fun meeting Alice and learning about the Owl events.

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

Alice, a real live Great Horn Owl, works at the Houston Nature Center. There are lots of animals feathers and furs for the kids to touch and feel. Cool place.

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Houston, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2013

Karla is an expert naturalist and her owl, Alice is a great attraction. Interesting displays and free camping are a plus it being right on the Trailhead for the Root River rails to trails program! Must See.

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Waterloo, Iowa
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12 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

The Houston Nature Center never fails to impress me...and the local Houston community's support of the Houston Nature Center is also impressive. This nature center serves as a trailhead for the eastern most stop on the Root River Trail, but also has great exhibits, a small library & gift shop, a meeting room all managed by an exceptional director and... More 

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Modesto, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012

I visited here last week with a biking tour group after biking to the end of the trail. This nature center is conveniently located at the trailhead. We had a planned lunch stop on the Nature Center property and afterwards a presentation by the on-site naturalist Karla who was accompanied with Alice the Owl. Karla did a wonderful presentation on... More 

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Orland Park, IL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2012

Such a beautiful area with an informative nature center and campground at the HoustonTrail Head of the Root River Trail . Shower facilities for bicyclists. A very well educated naturalist is there to teach and answer questions. The bicycle inspired sculptures are amazing.

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