These special events happen every year at Carpenter Nature Center.

Apple Blossom Races – choose from 5K, 10K, 1/2 marathon or a 2K fun run.

Saint Croix Valley Scramble – enjoy a round of golf, prizes and a banquet dinner at Afton Alps Golf Course and raise money for CNC.

Autumn in the Valley – our annual ‘gala’ fundraiser put on by CNC’s Board of Directors; live and silent auctions, raffles, great food, tours of the grounds and more.

Raptor Release – the Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota releases their rehabilitated raptors into CNC’s forest, river and prairie.

Apple Fest – enjoy the fall bounty of apples, pumpkins, and squash as well as hay rides through the orchard.  Baked goods and other items for sale – the apple salsa is superb.