What is Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center?
Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center 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 Campus north of Hastings, Minnesota. 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, three-and-a-half which are paved to accommodate persons with mobility limitations, you will see a vast variety of plant and animal communities.
Our Interpretive Center is located onsite and is open daily 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM, offering hands-on exhibits and live animals for display.
Hiking trails, Beach access, and the Interpretive Center are open to the public 7 days a week 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM. We’re closed on Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day.