Fun and interactive exhibits with live animals, touch tables, puzzles and games, a play area, and more! Learn about the local history, the wildlife, and the story of the Jay C. Hormel Nature Center.
Hands-on environmental education programs are offered to preschool through high school students. The staff is willing to adapt to your specific curriculum needs.
Summer Adventure Classes
When school is out, learning at the Nature Center is anything but over! Course offerings throughout the summer provide students of all ages opportunities to learn about everything from water conservation to the migration of the monarch butterfly.
Generous community support allows the Nature Center to provide world-class programs to the general public at no cost to participants. Check the Programs & Events page or the Calendar of Events to see what's coming up!
During the summer, visitors can rent canoes and kayaks for use on the pond and Dobbins Creek! Exploring on the water is a great way to experience the Nature Center and to see wildlife you might miss while walking the trails. When the snow arrives, the Nature Center rents cross-country ski equipment as well as snowshoes.
Fun, interactive educational programs, including seasonal offerings such as maple syruping and apple cidering. Consider contacting Discover Austin, Minnesota, to plan a full tour of Austin.
Sola Fide Observatory
See the objects in our solar system and beyond through a 16-inch reflector telescope. Volunteers offer viewing opportunities twice a month on Saturday evenings.