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January 2018

Family Ice Fishing at Lake Rebecca

January 27, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Lake Rebecca Hastings, MN + Google Map

In this FREE program learn about ice safety, fish species and habitat, ice fishing gear and techniques, and more. Instruction provided in part by the world-renowned experts from In-Depth Outdoors® and the guides and outfitters from Kruger Farms. Try your hand at catching fish, and if you become “hooked” on fishing, you can purchase the equipment from Kruger Farms that you will need for your own family fishing fun. REGISTRATIONS STRONGLY ENCOURAGED in order to ensure there is enough equipment…

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February 2018

Preschool Story Time: Wonderful Woodchucks

February 2, 2018 @ 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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WI Campus Owl Prowl

February 2, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wisconsin Campus, 300 East Cove Road
Hudson, WI 54016
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This time of the year, many of the Midwest’s 12 owl species are vocalizing to attract mates. Explore CNC's WI campus on a guided night hike to look and listen for these owls. If there is enough snow cover, snowshoes will be provided or you may bring your own. Program Fee: $6.00 per person or $4.00 for “Friends of CNC.” Please call 651-437-4359 to register.

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MN Campus Bird Hike

February 3, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Carpenter Nature Center, 12805 St. Croix Trail S.
Hastings, MN 55033 United States
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Join expert birder, Kevin Smith, on an afternoon hike around the Nature Center. Learn to identify birds by sight and sound. Field guides and binoculars are 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.

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MN Campus Owl Prowl

February 9, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Carpenter Nature Center, 12805 St. Croix Trail S.
Hastings, MN 55033 United States
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This time of the year, many of the Midwest’s 12 owl species are vocalizing to attract mates. Explore CNC on a guided night hike to look and listen for these owls. If there is enough snow cover, snowshoes will be provided or you may bring your own. Program Fee: $6.00 per person or $4.00 for “Friends of CNC.” Please call 651-437-4359 to register.

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Family Ice Fishing at Lake Rebecca

February 10, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Lake Rebecca Hastings, MN + Google Map

In this FREE program learn about ice safety, fish species and habitat, ice fishing gear and techniques, and more. Instruction provided in part by the world-renowned experts from In-Depth Outdoors® and the guides and outfitters from Kruger Farms. Try your hand at catching fish, and if you become “hooked” on fishing, you can purchase the equipment from Kruger Farms that you will need for your own family fishing fun. REGISTRATIONS STRONGLY ENCOURAGED in order to ensure there is enough equipment…

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WI Campus Bird Hike

February 10, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 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 on our beautiful WI campus. Learn to identify birds by sight and sound. 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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Bird Banding

February 23, 2018 @ 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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Masters of the Sky

February 24, 2018 @ 11:00 am - February 25, 2018 @ 3:00 pm
Carpenter Nature Center, 12805 St. Croix Trail S.
Hastings, MN 55033 United States
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Masters of the Sky

Presented by the World Bird Sanctuary February 25 & February 26                 11:00 a.m. •  1:00 p.m.•  3:00 p.m. The World Bird Sanctuary staff from St. Louis, Missouri, will be coming to CNC to present a captivating program about birds of prey. Visitors will learn about raptors from around the world. Experience live hawks, eagles, owls, falcons and vultures up close and in free-flight. The presenters will introduce methods to help protect raptors and their habitats. Event Fee: $10.00 or $7.00…

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March 2018

Moonlight Snowshoe Hike (ages 10+)

March 2, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Carpenter Nature Center, 12805 St. Croix Trail S.
Hastings, MN 55033 United States
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Enjoy a winter night under the moonlight with a relaxing snowshoe hike at CNC. After the hike, warm up by the fire and enjoy fresh popcorn and hot apple cider. Snowshoes provided or bring your own; dress for the weather. Program Fee: $10.00 per person or $7.00 for "Friends of CNC."

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