Canoe/Kayak Rentals Begin

Jay C Hormel Nature Center, 1304 21st St NE, Austin, MN 55912, USA

For use on Dobbins Creek to East Side Lake, or on our pond. Rentals available daily from Monday through Saturday; 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (all boats must be returned by 4:30 p.m.) No rentals on city holidays. Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. Life jackets, paddles, and canoe/kayak rollers are provided. Fee: $10 for single kayak, $15 for canoe […]

JCHNC Senior Special – Below the Underneath

Jay C Hormel Nature Center, 1304 21st St NE, Austin, MN 55912, USA

Nature Lovers age 55 and older are invited to join them for FREE coffee or tea and a cookie, a program or concert, and on optional opportunity to take a 45-60 minute guided tour of the Nature Center trails on one of our two access vehicles.

How to Know a Whale – Family Program

Jay C Hormel Nature Center, 1304 21st St NE, Austin, MN 55912, USA

Felicia Cooper makes puppet shows for children through the Bell Museum.  Her work uses found objects, simple machines, and hand cut shadow puppets to share curiosity and joy in the act of asking questions with an audience.  This performance will focus on themes that include ocean ecology, loneliness, creative problem solving, and bravery. This piece […]

JCHNC Senior Special – Music with Will Bjorndal

Jay C Hormel Nature Center, 1304 21st St NE, Austin, MN 55912, USA

Nature Lovers age 55 and older are invited to join them for FREE coffee or tea and a cookie, a program or concert, and on optional opportunity to take a 45-60 minute guided tour of the Nature Center trails on one of our two access vehicles.

Music with Will Bjorndal – Family Program

Jay C Hormel Nature Center, 1304 21st St NE, Austin, MN 55912, USA

Sing and laugh along with musician, naturalist, and true-blue Minnesotan goofball Will Bjorndal as he brings a wagonload of original and traditional songs to our Thursday Nature Play! Driven by audience participation, this captivating yet laid-back performance is engaging for children of all ages. Free Family-friendly Program

JCHNC Senior Special – Under Pressure (To Procreate)

Jay C Hormel Nature Center, 1304 21st St NE, Austin, MN 55912, USA

Nature Lovers age 55 and older are invited to join them for FREE coffee or tea and a cookie, a program or concert, and on optional opportunity to take a 45-60 minute guided tour of the Nature Center trails on one of our two access vehicles.

JCHNC Senior Special – International Owl Center

Jay C Hormel Nature Center, 1304 21st St NE, Austin, MN 55912, USA

Nature Lovers age 55 and older are invited to join them for FREE coffee or tea and a cookie, a program or concert, and on optional opportunity to take a 45-60 minute guided tour of the Nature Center trails on one of our two access vehicles.

International Owl Center – Family Program

Jay C Hormel Nature Center, 1304 21st St NE, Austin, MN 55912, USA

Show off how much you know about owls in this hands-on game show that highlights how humans encounter and affect owls. You'll get to meet a live Great Horned Owl and see some of the adaptations that make an owl. Free Family Program at the Nature Center

Dammen Family Fun Day Fundraiser

Jay C Hormel Nature Center, 1304 21st St NE, Austin, MN 55912, USA

Saturday, July 20  9:30 - 3:30 There will be a variety of activities at the Nature Center geared towards families and getting kids outside! Suggested donation of $20 or more per family for this event. All proceeds raised will go towards our Dammen Mentorship program at the end of the summer.

JCHNC Senior Special – Reptile & Amphibian Discovery Zoo

Jay C Hormel Nature Center, 1304 21st St NE, Austin, MN 55912, USA

Nature Lovers age 55 and older are invited to join them for FREE coffee or tea and a cookie, a program or concert, and on optional opportunity to take a 45-60 minute guided tour of the Nature Center trails on one of our two access vehicles.

JCHNC Senior Special – Nature’s Apothecary

Jay C Hormel Nature Center, 1304 21st St NE, Austin, MN 55912, USA

Nature Lovers age 55 and older are invited to join them for FREE coffee or tea and a cookie, a program or concert, and on optional opportunity to take a 45-60 minute guided tour of the Nature Center trails on one of our two access vehicles.

The Power of Fire – Family Program

Jay C Hormel Nature Center, 1304 21st St NE, Austin, MN 55912, USA

Jump into the realm of fire ecologies! There is a dual nature to fire, wild and helpful, yet with the potential for danger. Explore the benefits and risks as we check out the different types of fire and their essential role in nature. Learn how to support positive fires while preventing harmful ones. Free Family […]