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 their famous ambassador--Alice, the Great Horned Owl.
As a trailhead for bikers, there are clean bathrooms and showers. You can get local firewood and camp onsite. They are now building a wonderful natural playground that has creative features that both kids and adults will enjoy the learning opportunities that it will provide.
The Nature Center's director, Karla Bloem, is a dynamic woman who makes great things happen! She has spearheaded the development of this nature center and the new natural playground and has brought international recognition of Houston, MN by hosting a WONDERFUL owl festival the first weekend of March. Alice, the resident Great Horned Owl, who lives with Karla and husband is also on duty at the Nature Center and it is a joy to see her.
Even though we live 2 hours away in Iowa, we have been supporting the Houston Nature center since it has opened and it is hard not to get caught up in the great programming. To see how much this community supports their nature center, speaks volumes. I believe that almost everyone in Houston helps with the international owl festival. When so many small towns are struggling, the Houston Nature Center and its ardent supporters show how an enduring commitment to preserving the beauty and spirit of rural Minnesota can make a difference.
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