Carpenter Nature Center offers a variety of day camps ranging from ‘Single Day Half-day’ to ‘Week-long Full Day.’ These Summer Camps at CNC offer children ages 5 and up a unique experience to laugh, play, and learn in nature. The professional staff and trained interns will guide children through interactive, age appropriate, awe inspiring activities including games, crafts, nature hikes. Click here to view our Summer Camp 2017 brochure, or view the information in the tabs below. Scholarship opportunities are available.
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Single half day adventures for children ages 6-11
Come to CNC for a half day of fishing fun. Bring your own rod and reel if you have one, or use one provided. The majority of the time will be at the river so please be prepared with a water bottle, sunscreen and appropriate clothing.
July 6, 2017
July 19, 2017
(register for one or both of them!)
$30 per child /$20 per child for “Friends of CNC” per session.
*If your child will be here for Pioneers Day Camp they can bring a bag lunch and stay for Fishing Fun. Pioneers must be registered for Fishing Fun to participate.
Week long day camps for children ages 5-11
(Ages 5 & 6)- We will make crafts, play games, have a snack, and explore CNC’s trails every day as we learn about the many plants and animals that make their home at CNC. Snacks provided. Families are invited to a family picnic on Friday at noon.
June 19 – 23
$99 per participant OR $89 for “Friends of CNC”.
(Ages 7 & 8)- We will make crafts, play games, have a snack, and explore CNC’s trails every day as we learn about the many plants and animals that make their home at CNC. Snacks provided. Families are invited to a family picnic on Friday at noon.
July 17 – 21
$99 per participant OR $89 for “Friends of CNC.”
Explorers FILLED FOR SUMMER 2017
(Ages 9-11)- Explore nature with us as we hike, make snacks, create projects, meet friends, and visit the beach nearly every day. Snacks provided but participants should bring their own bag lunches and a water bottle. On Thursday campers will pack up for a canoe adventure at a nearby lake and camp-out at CNC Thursday night through Friday morning. Families are invited to a family picnic on Friday at noon.
July 24 – 28
Thurs 9:00am – Fri 12:00pm
$169 per participant OR $159 for “Friends of CNC.”
Specialized camps designed to foster an interest in nature for children ages 12+
(Ages 11+)- Spend a day at CNC and the Raptor Center at the University of MN learning about amazing birds of prey. On day one learn raptor basics, play predator-prey games, and observe raptors in the wild while you hike at CNC. Spend day two at the Raptor Center meeting their birds, observing raptor care and learning about the process of rehabilitating an injured bird of prey. Transportation to the Raptor Center is provided.
July 6 – 7
9:00 am -4:00 pm
$125 per participant OR $115 for “Friends of CNC.”
(Ages 12 yrs & up)- Build your outdoor confidence. Join us for a three day/two night canoe trip on the Namekagon and St Croix Rivers. We’ll canoe about 17 miles and spend 2 nights camping along the shores of these scenic rivers. Canoeing experience a plus but not required. We supply canoes, paddles, food, cooking equipment, tents, transportation, PFDs, and our expertise. This is sure to be a fun and challenging experience.
June 27 – 29
Tues 9:00am – Thurs 4:30pm
$225 per participant OR $215 for “Friends of CNC.”
(Ages 11-15)- Get hands-on experience learning about urban and rural ecosystems using field research and resource management techniques such as bird banding, prairie restoration, sustainable agriculture and wildlife monitoring. Students will take field trips to see bison in the prairie, catch invertebrates in the Kinnickinnic River, visit the Science Museum of MN and urban gardens, and harvest vegetables to make your own pizza. This new summer camp experience is being made possible through a USDA-NIFA funded grant and partnerships with the University of Wisconsin River Falls and the Science Museum of Minnesota and will be based out of our Minnesota Campus.
July 10 – 14
$179 per participant OR $169 for “Friends of CNC.”
“Friends of CNC”
Families and their children are eligible for camp discounts if they are current “Friends of CNC” at the “Family” level or above.
Space is limited, register early. Registrations will be accepted up to 1 week prior to program if space is available.
CNC camps are staffed by professional naturalists (First Aid/CPR certified) and CNC interns who strive to include all children in quality hands-on nature oriented activities.
All campers will be encouraged to take part in all activities including crafts, games, nature hikes, snacks, etc. Please inform CNC immediately if your child has any condition or allergies which may prevent them from taking part in all camp activities so we may plan accordingly.
Health & Permission Forms
Upon receipt of registration and payment, CNC will mail a checklist of items to bring, health forms, and any applicable permission forms (for off-site activities) prior to camp. Forms are due the week prior to the first day of camp.
A great deal can be learned about nature in a rain shower, so programs will not be cancelled due to rain. If weather conditions are severe, activities may be altered or postponed if necessary. Adults will be notified if program changes will arise when your child is in the care of CNC staff.
Full refund will be given if cancellations are made at least 2 weeks prior to camp. No refund will be given after that date.
To register your child for CNC Summer Camp, download and complete our Summer Camp Registration Form.
Completed registration forms and payment should be mailed to:
Carpenter Nature Center
12805 St. Croix Trail S.
Hastings, MN 55033
Registrations will be accepted up to 1 week prior to camp, if space is still available.
Please contact the day camp coordinator via email or call 651-437-4359 for more information.