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.
School Programs: Hands-on structured environmental education programs are offered to all ages with an emphasis on preschool through 7th grade.
Bus Tours: Fun, interactive educational programs developed for all ages; includes seasonal offerings such as maple syruping and apple cidering.
Interpretive Center: Features an exhibit display area with live animals, touch tables, mounted animals, nature games, preschool play area, and a nature library.