The mission of Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center is fostering a lifelong appreciation of the natural world through environmental education, habitat conservation and outdoor experiences.


It is our aspiration that nature is honored and valued by people of all generations.


Through the pursuit of our mission and vision, we uphold the following values:

  • Providing premier science- and nature-based education
  • Proactively protecting habitat and pursuing excellence in land stewardship
  • Serving all ages, abilities and backgrounds with experiences for all seasons
  • Leading and partnering collaboratively
  • Connecting environmental and human health
  • Honoring history and legacy of the land and the St. Croix Valley


Nestled at the confluence of the St. Croix and Mississippi Rivers near Hastings, and located only thirty minutes from the metro, Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center provides a unique opportunity to learn and explore the outdoors. With