Jay C. Hormel Nature Center

Jay C. Hormel Nature Center, Austin: Hours, Address, Jay C. Hormel Nature Center Reviews: 4.5/5

Jay C. Hormel Nature Center

Jay C. Hormel Nature Center
4.5
Nature & Wildlife Areas
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
About
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.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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Meredith M
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Thank you Kelly
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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AquatenniiaT
Combined Locks, WI337 contributions
Nice place to spend an hour on a weekend!
Sep 2020
This nature center had good trails, and we arrived at the height of butterfly season! We also saw a weasel as we hiked toward the observation tower.
Written September 19, 2020
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Ron C
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Wish our (grade school age) grandchildren had joined us
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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MJJ
2 contributions
Nice Nature center
Oct 2019 • Couples
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 dogs allowed.
Written October 27, 2019
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ED H
7 contributions
Great off the path nature museum
Sep 2019
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.
Written October 8, 2019
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Nature-ist
4 contributions
Spoiled my experience with man-made noise.
Sep 2019
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.
Written September 30, 2019
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Business P
14 contributions
Dog-Haters
Aug 2019
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 out of the way to get rejected.
Written August 6, 2019
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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.
Written August 7, 2019
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Pat H
Hopkins, MN64 contributions
Grat place to walk.
Jul 2019 • Friends
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.
Written July 11, 2019
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I am pretty sure this person didn't see the whole 535 acres in a quick walk. Just a brisk walk to the tower is a half hour. There are many miles of trails to walk or run in the summer months. In winter, miles of groomed cross country ski trails and snowshoeing are available.
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jlane7910
Austin, MN6 contributions
A quiet retreat
Sep 2018 • Couples
My wife and I love the Nature Center.It's trails are beautiful all times of the year.Great for photographers and birders.The new interpretive center is a real plus.Very kid friendly.Highly recommend this quiet retreat.
Written March 19, 2019
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Ryan V
26 contributions
Great Find
Oct 2018 • Family
Just a great place to explore nature. Both inside and outside gives kids an up close view of nature. It's free and you can spend hours there.
Written October 22, 2018
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Thank you! So glad you enjoyed your visit.
Written October 23, 2018
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