Jay C. Hormel Nature Center

Jay C. Hormel Nature Center

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9:00 AM - 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Home to over 10 miles of hiking trails that take visitors through over 500 acres of prairies, wetlands and forests. An observation tower provides a beautiful panoramic view of the surrounding preserve. The Interpretative Center offers a variety of displays, hands on exhibits and learning opportunities for visitors of all ages. Live educational animals allow visitors to get up close to some exciting native species. The Childhood Room features a library, puzzles, games and a great view of the bird feeders. The Jay C Hormel Nature Center offers ski and snow shoe rental in the winter, kayak and canoe rental in the summer and many special events year-round.
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2-3 hours
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Meredith M
2 contributions
May 2021 • Family
Kelly was absolutely amazing this morning. Being bright, cheerful and knowledgeable at 4:00 is asking a lot, but there she was. Thank you so very much for the amazing experience this morning at Sola Fide. It was the far beyond our expectations!!!
Written May 26, 2021
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Ron C
2 contributions
Aug 2020 • Couples
Enjoyed the indoor area the most.
A few large rescue birds were the highlight to us.
No charge! Maple syrup is sold as fund-raising if desired, no pressure.
Maps of trails and Austin were available. Staff was also very helpful.
Nature trails available for a short or long walks. There is a large granite boulder for kids to climb onto.
Written August 3, 2020
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dml130
Marquette, MI35 contributions
Jun 2014 • Family
We had traveled from South Dakota and needed a good walk. They advertise 10 miles of trails and we spent 90 minutes walking on many of them. It's free with good options for both walking in the sun and shade. There were some prairie flowers blooming when we were there. Highly recommended after a day in the car.
Written June 30, 2014
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Marquisman
Owatonna MN97 contributions
Mar 2014 • Friends
Our most recent visit was a meeting of the Austin Izaak Walton League and Austin Audubon Society. We listened to a solo drama of the life of Aldo Leopold - noted conservation writer. The presentation was outstanding, the facility was well suited to the program and the company was great.
Written March 7, 2014
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FLYTOANYWHERE
Austin, MN195 contributions
Sep 2013 • Family
I took my granddaughter there the other day.
It is fun to go for a nice walk and see nature.
And inside there is much to look at and see and touch.
Written September 30, 2013
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Ed B
Huntington Beach, CA38 contributions
Oct 2012 • Family
Excellent wildlife museum with examples of the indigenous animals. The trails are well maintained and give you a sense of walking through a forest.
Written February 25, 2013
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Morgan R
Austin, Minnesota, United States7 contributions
Oct 2012
good trails, activities are fun and cool, went tor a feild trip for school and went in the rivers c: friendly people out there
Written December 25, 2012
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strikketoy
Minneapolis, MN24 contributions
Nov 2012 • Friends
Not too many places in Minnesota still have never-plowed prairie. This is a beautiful site. The trails are well-maintained; the center has a welcoming "hands on" atmosphere.
Written November 18, 2012
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Jessica C
Rochester, MN128 contributions
They have a lot of very nice trails that are well maintained. They also have groomed cross country ski trails in the winter, which is nice. The area around Austin is not much for scenery, so this is kind of a nice oasis in a sea of brown farmland. There is A LOT of deer in the area and other nice wildlife. They do also have some nice native prarie grass/wildflower plantings and offer good programs for children.
Written January 20, 2012
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MrFunktastik
Austin, MN1 contribution
Big nature reserve, paths all threw it, its a nice walking place and u can see alot of animals and wildlife. In the winter there are cross country skiing events and in the fall u can go to the Halloween event that is put on every year and when its finished there is hot apple cider and cookies waiting at one of the main buildings. Also check out the maple syrup buckets hanging from the trees in the summer, in all its a nice place to visit.
Written May 1, 2008
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Jay C. Hormel Nature Center (Austin) - All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go

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Jay C. Hormel Nature Center is open:
  • Sun - Sat 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Mon - Sat 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM