Jay C. Hormel Nature Center

1304 21st Street NE

The 507 acre Jay C. Hormel Nature Center preserve was established in 1971 and is located in Western Mower County within the city limits of Austin.  The Nature
Center features restored and remnant prairie, hardwood forest, wetlands and meandering streams.  As you hike the ten miles of trail there are deer, mink,
raccoons, salamanders, birds and other native wildlife for your viewing pleasure.


Tina Shaw

Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017

Just awesome! Great trails and cool interactive exhibits. Loved the live animals and friendly staff that let us hold the snake.


Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017

I have been hiking here and observing nature for over 20 years. A great place for all ages to appreciate the beauty and awesomeness of the natural world. Worth the trip!!!

Michael Martin

Friday, Sep. 22, 2017

Our 2 yr old loved it! Nice, new, informative with a great interactive area for the kids! Very nice trails on the property as well! Pet the snake and learn about the salamanders and raptors at 10 and 330!

Duane Champlin

Wednesday, Sep. 13, 2017

A beautiful place to walk, explore, and learn all in 500 plus acres. Miles of trails, woods and prairie plus the new amazing interpretive building. Something for ALL ages. You'll love it!

Chris Lutz

Tuesday, Sep. 26, 2017

New educational building that's good for a variety of ages. Several miles of walking paths. Mix of wooded and prairie areas.