Jay C. Hormel Nature Center, Austin

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The 518-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, you may see deer, mink, raccoons, salamanders, birds and other native wildlife.
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  • 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 t...  more »
  • It's not quite the same as the zoo in Shanghai. It looks more like a wild feeling. Compared to the domestic wild zoo design is very real, the staff is also very good for foreign tourists can also be enthusiastic introduction.
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  • Great place to spend a couple hours with the kids. They have quite a few animals including snakes, owls, and turtles! There are quite a few interactive areas to play in. The kids room has a puppet theater and a cute little reading hut. In the summer there are lots of trails for hiking.
  • I stopped in here today passing through MN to xc ski, and it was wonderful! Beautiful nature center, free trails, and I even got to see some wildlife as I was skiing!

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