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Austin - 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.


Jennifer Hagen

Thursday, April 5, 2018
Great! We stopped while in town and we're pleasantly surprised with the neat exhibits. Lots for kids to touch and crawl in. Live birds, snakes, and turtles. Learned a lot about the local prairie wildlife. We visited when there was still snow on the ground so we could not do the trails. Bathrooms are well maintained and large. They have a fountain to refill you water bottles. No charge for admission. Highly recommend!

Andrew Ortman

Saturday, March 17, 2018
Great stop for the family. Stretch the legs and enjoy the outdoors. Awesome new visitor center.

Nancy Schnable

Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018
Great place to visit in southern Minnesota.(Austin) Amazing Interpretive Center, I highly recommend doing the scavenger hunt.

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.

Clint A

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!!!

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