Welcome to the Carpenter Nature Center Website
The mission of the Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center is to foster appreciation and inspire stewardship of the natural world through quality environmental education, conservation practices, and outdoor experiences for visitors of all ages and capabilities.
Hiking trails, Beach access, and the Visitor Center are open to the public 7 days a week 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM, and are only closed on the following Holidays: Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, and New Years Day.
What is Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center?
Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center (CNC) provides a unique opportunity for you to learn and explore the outdoors. With property on both the Minnesota and Wisconsin sides of the scenic St. Croix River, we are able to preserve wildlife habitat while also providing educational opportunities. Hiking trails wind throughout the tall pines, oak savanna, restored prairies, wooded ravines, around the apple orchard, and along the river of the 425 acre main property north of Hasting, MN. Wildlife abounds in the restored prairie and wooded bluffs on the 300 acre Wisconsin nature preserve. We invite you to become a member or to visit CNC! Carpenter Nature Center is a 501 C 3 organization and all donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.
With over 10 miles of hiking trails, 3.5 of which are paved to accommodate persons with mobility limitations, you will see a vast variety of plant and animal communities.
Admission is free! Come and enjoy the quiet, serene world of nature
Click on the logo below to go right to CNC’s page at GiveMN and make a contribution
Follow this link to find out more info about how we strive for “Zero Waste”