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We visited on a windy and cool October day. The interpretative center is nice, good info, nice movie about it's history. Trails are maintained but not well marked. We were able to follow the map we found in the building. We did not have our dogs with, but was sad to see no…
very well done and presented nature museum near an easy exit on I90. Highlights the conservation efforts by the Hormel family and extraordinary efforts to rebuild a lost woodland and all of the animals and plants that inhabit the habitat.
Too close to the noise of the freeway in my opinion for a true nature experience. That does not mean that it wouldn't be educational for the kids, just not remote enough to truly experience nature.
I thought this would be the perfect place to walk the dog so she gets some exercise on the road, and even charge the car a bit while we’re at it. Too bad the trail is explicitly “no pets”. Way to isolate a good portion of your potential visitors. At least we didn’t go too far…
Response from naturalist_JCHNC, Naturalist at Jay C. Hormel Nature Center
Responded Aug 6, 2019
We are sorry to hear that you were so disappointed by this. It is city policy that pets not be allowed on our trails. This helps protect your dog as well as the varied wildlife that lives here at the Nature Center.
The center is small. A quick walk through fro adults. A little longer with children. The trails are great for walking. Prairie, woods and river. Wild flowers were pretty. Quiet and peaceful. Can rent canoes.