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August 2017

Youth Archery 101

August 24 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Carpenter Nature Center, 12805 St. Croix Trail S.
Hastings, MN 55033 United States
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In this introductory session for youth, participants  will come out to Carpenter Nature Center to learn archery basics from local experts then test their skills with practice targets. We will focus on form and safety, giving basics of safe shooting and a general feel for archery. All equipment is provided. Program made possible by a grant from the MNDNR, and a partnership with Kruger Farms krugerfarms.com. Recommended for ages 12 and under.  Space is limited, and  reservations are required, so call…

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Bird Banding

August 25 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Carpenter Nature Center, 12805 St. Croix Trail S.
Hastings, MN 55033 United States
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Have you ever wondered what bird banding is all about?  Banding records help us learn how long birds live, where they travel, when they migrate and many other interesting facts. CNC has been banding birds for over 30 years. Our bird banders welcome you to see songbirds up close and learn about the birds who share our ecosystem. Banding runs continuously for the full 3 ½ hours but visitors may come and go at any time. Please call ahead so…

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Carpenter Art Festival

August 26 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wisconsin Campus, 300 East Cove Road
Hudson, WI 54016
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CNC welcomes you to the Wisconsin Campus to celebrate art and nature. Enjoy music, fine arts and crafts and beautiful scenery. The event will take place rain or shine. Please note that the vendors will accept cash or checks only, and that a portion of all profits will support CNC.   This event will take place at CNC's Wisconsin Campus at 300 E. Cove Rd., Hudson. .

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September 2017

WI Campus Bird Hike

September 9 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Wisconsin Campus, 300 East Cove Road
Hudson, WI 54016
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Join the St. Croix Valley Bird Club on a morning hike around the nature center. Learn to identify birds by sight and sound. Field guides and binoculars available to use or bring your own.  Program fee: $6.00 or free for “Friends of CNC”, Hastings Environmental Protectors, Hastings High School students and St. Croix Valley Bird Club members. Please RSVP at 651-437-4359 and let us know you are coming.

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Autumn in the Valley Gala

September 10 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Carpenter Nature Center, 12805 St. Croix Trail S.
Hastings, MN 55033 United States
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Join Carpenter Nature Center’s Board of Directors for a wonderful evening along the bluffs of the St. Croix River. Each year friends and community partners spend an evening raising funds to support  K-12 environmental education at CNC. The event will be held at Carpenter Nature Center in the River Bluff Pavilion which has a spectacular view of the St. Croix River. This event is a fun way to support a great cause. Guests enjoy tours of the trails, mingling near…

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Preschool Story Time: Orchard Fun

September 15 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Carpenter Nature Center, 12805 St. Croix Trail S.
Hastings, MN 55033 United States
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CNC’s Preschool Story Times are designed to introduce young children, ages 2 through 5 (with a parent or guardian), to nature in a fun and safe environment. We’ll listen to stories, spend some time outdoors, make an art or craft project and meet live animals. We will be going outside for every program so be sure to dress appropriately for the weather. Please call 651-437-4359 to register. Program fee: $5.00 per child or $3.00 per preschooler for “Friends of CNC”; no charge…

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Bird Banding

September 22 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Carpenter Nature Center, 12805 St. Croix Trail S.
Hastings, MN 55033 United States
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Have you ever wondered what bird banding is all about?  Banding records help us learn how long birds live, where they travel, when they migrate and many other interesting facts. CNC has been banding birds for over 30 years. Our bird banders welcome you to see songbirds up close and learn about the birds who share our ecosystem. Banding runs continuously for the full 3 ½ hours but visitors may come and go at any time. Please call ahead so…

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Raptor Release

September 23 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Carpenter Nature Center, 12805 St. Croix Trail S.
Hastings, MN 55033 United States
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Join Carpenter Nature Center and the University of Minnesota’s Raptor Center as we release rehabilitated raptors at CNC. After sustaining injuries in the wild, these beautiful birds are now ready to be released. This fun-filled day includes hay ride tours, children’s activities, raptors on display and much more. An inspiring and educational event open for free to the general public, CNC’s raptor release is enjoyed by visitors of all age groups. Dogs are not allowed at this event.

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Fall Raptor Count & Hawk Watch

September 30 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Carpenter Nature Center, 12805 St. Croix Trail S.
Hastings, MN 55033 United States
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Each fall, thousands of raptors and other bird migrants follow the St. Croix/Mississippi River Flyway south to their wintering grounds in the southern US and beyond. Our team of friendly spotters and greeters will set up behind the Administration Building to count raptor migrants as well as songbirds, gulls, and other southbound birds. Come ask questions, check in on the count totals, or participate in the count! Binoculars will be available upon request. Please RSVP at 651-437-4359 and let us…

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October 2017

MN Campus Saw-whet Owl Banding

October 5 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Carpenter Nature Center, 12805 St. Croix Trail S.
Hastings, MN 55033 United States
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Whitefaced owl

October 5 & 19; 8:00 – 10:00 p.m. Minnesota Campus October 12 & 26 ; 8:00 – 10:00 p.m. Wisconsin Campus Learn about the migration patterns of Saw-whet Owls. Join our naturalists as they venture out to band some of our native owls. Space is limited so call early to reserve your spot. This program is weather dependent. Program fee: FREE

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