Hours: 9:00 AM–5:00 PM Mon-Sat; Noon-5:00 PM Sunday
Phone: 763.694.7700
13351 Elm Creek Road
Dayton, MN 55369

Eastman Nature Center is nestled in the sugar maple floodplain forest of Rush Creek. It was named after Whitney H. Eastman, an avid birdwatcher and nature center fundraiser. Newly reconstructed, the 14,000-square-foot building features quiet reading and observation rooms, large classrooms, a professional exhibit area with wildlife watching, an open-air deck, a coffee service, and an after-hours restroom. 

Explore the nearby display gardens, floating boardwalk, pond observation blind, amphitheater, orienteering courses, and demonstrative plantings for wildlife. Eastman is connected to the paved bike and the cross-country ski trails, as well as five miles of hiking/snowshoeing trails – great for photography or bird watching.

Opportunities to enhance your experience are available through cell phone audio stops, trail guide sheets, exploration kits, and interpretive signs. Just down the trail, let your children play ‘wild’ in the Nature Exploration Area. Kids can dig, climb, make a fort or dam, and engage their imaginations, while adults play along or observe nearby.  

Call for Submissions: Amateur Photography Show

Sponsored by Eastman Nature Center, this month-long photography show promotes interest in the outdoors and photography and provides an opportunity for amateur photographers to display their work. Photo submissions are accepted from Oct. 26 to Nov. 1 and displayed from Nov. 2-27. All submitted photographs will be displayed in Eastman Nature Center during the Photography Show Opening and voted upon by the viewing public. The adult and youth entries with the most votes both win an award. Download the Photography Show Guidelines.

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In addition to providing fun and educational programs for school and other groups, Eastman Nature Center is also host to summer camps and birthday parties.

We rely on the support of volunteers to maintain the high quality programs and operations at our nature centers. If you're interested in becoming an important part of our team of volunteers, please contact us.


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