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Jay C. Hormel Nature Center

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Closed Now: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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a great place to go for a walk and see wild life. a well wooded area so you do not have to walk in... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
elvin s
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You may enjoy natural whole day,staff are very friendly and helpful for visitors. You must well... read more

Reviewed September 2, 2018
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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...more
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1304 21st St NE, Austin, MN 55912-4104
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

a great place to go for a walk and see wild life. a well wooded area so you do not have to walk in the sun. some paths are paved aand others are in good shape also have a building with displays in good for...More

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naturalist_JCHNC, Naturalist/Teacher at Jay C. Hormel Nature Center, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your visit and for your nice review! Come visit us again. :)

Reviewed September 2, 2018 via mobile

You may enjoy natural whole day,staff are very friendly and helpful for visitors. You must well prepare water before go.

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naturalist_JCHNC, Naturalist/Teacher at Jay C. Hormel Nature Center, responded to this reviewResponded September 6, 2018

Thank you for visiting and for your nice review!

Reviewed August 26, 2018

Super friendly and fun staff. REALLY easy trails through lush forest. Somehow there were NO BUGS! The interpretive center is well worth an hour to fully appreciate.

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naturalist_JCHNC, Naturalist/Teacher at Jay C. Hormel Nature Center, responded to this reviewResponded August 28, 2018

We're so glad you enjoyed your time here, and thank you for the kind review!

Reviewed March 5, 2018

We stopped to stretch our legs while traveling and wound up spending a couple hours! Our kids, ages 10 & 12, enjoyed the exhibits! We found the Nature Center to be educational and the volunteer staff were very helpful. We did go for a short...More

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naturalist_JCHNC, Naturalist/Teacher at Jay C. Hormel Nature Center, responded to this reviewResponded March 7, 2018

So glad you stopped in and enjoyed your visit! See you again this summer!

Reviewed November 6, 2017 via mobile

The new interpretive center is open. Wow, what a place. It's one of the best nature center buildings I have experienced. Once you have visited the center, plan to hike and explore the trails etc. You can spend hours exploring this unique place. It's is...More

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naturalist_JCHNC, Naturalist/Teacher at Jay C. Hormel Nature Center, responded to this reviewResponded November 8, 2017

Thank you for visiting and for your kind review! Come back and see us again. :)

Reviewed October 2, 2017

Nice place to go and be with nature. Trails are well groomed. Nice way to spend an afternoon.Will return again and again!

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Reviewed August 12, 2017

The new building is a great place for kids to explore. We go for a walk first and then write on the calendar inside what animals we saw on what day.

Thank Carissa M
naturalist_JCHNC, Naturalist/Teacher at Jay C. Hormel Nature Center, responded to this reviewResponded August 16, 2017

Thanks so much for the review! We really appreciate that you share your observations on the calendar; that's a great resource for us and other guests!

Reviewed August 10, 2017 via mobile

This is a lovely place to visit. There is information centre with lots of interesting facts about wildlife and the surrounding area. The woods are beautiful to walk around. Plenty of wildlife to see (deer if you are lucky). We spent a good couple of...More

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Reviewed August 8, 2017

The Hormel Nature Center has wonderful groomed trails in winter months with affordable ski and snow shoe equipment rentals in a full range of adult and children's sizes. Trails are surrounded by woods, have very few hills, and offer the chance to see wild deer...More

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Reviewed July 19, 2017

I come here for walks, the trails are Great and very well maintained. The new Nature Center is first rate.

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