To register for these programs please contact Mayme Johnson, CNC’s Program Director.
Public Bird Banding 9:00 am – Noon
The public is welcome on the following FRIDAY MORNINGS:
December 27th, 2013 January 24th, 2014 February 28th, 2014 March 28th, 2014
April 25th, 2014
Have you ever wondered what bird banding is all about? This is your chance to see songbirds up close and to watch the experts band birds at Carpenter Nature Center. Bird banding records can help us learn how long the birds live, where they travel, when and where they migrate and many other interesting facts. Carpenter Nature Center has been banding birds for over 26 years and still meets weekly to capture, record, band and release songbirds. Donations of sunflower bird seed or suet will be greatly appreciated in lieu of a program fee.
Preschool Story Times 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. on these Fridays:
Dec 13, 2013 – Who Hibernates?
Jan 10, 2014 – Let it Snow!
Feb 7, 2014 – Frozen Fun
Mar 7, 2014 – Walk in the Woods
April 11, 2014 – Who’s the Cutest Critter?
Carpenter Nature Center’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. The fun-filled hour of activities includes a nature story, an art or craft project, exploring the outdoors, and observing live animals. Please call 651-437-4359 to pre-register so we know you’re coming. Program fee: $5.00 or $3.00 for “Friends of CNC.” No charge for accompanying adult.
CNC Story Time programs have been partially funded through support from Target.
Special Monthly Programs
Natural Challenges Returns
CNC is going to continue its efforts to encourage visitors to increase their fitness level and get outdoors. We will be offering monthly programs on a variety of topics, exploring various habitats at CNC and learning several outdoor skills. Call the CNC office at 651-437-4359 to reserve your spot. Program fee: $6.00 per person per program or $4.00 for “Friends of CNC” and children under 10 per program unless otherwise noted.
Geocaching September 14 9am – 11am
Come to CNC for an afternoon of geocaching fun! We will start with a presentation covering the basics of GPS units and explain the world of geocaching. Then you will get a chance to practice your skills while searching for some geocaches on theNatureCentergrounds. Bring your GPS if you have one. Space is limited so call ahead.
Orchard Walk October 18 1:00 – 3:00 pm
While your students are getting a break from school why not bring them out for a healthy snack they are sure to enjoy. After walking through CNC’s apple orchard, sampling different varieties of apples, we’ll make some fresh apple cider with an old-fashioned apple press. Participants will also get to pick a few apples to take home. CNC’s Apple Shack will be open for anyone wishing to purchase more apples or other products after the program.
Bird Feeding Basics and Birdwatching November 1 9am – 11am
Encourage more birds to come into your backyard by learning which birds are attracted to the different types of feeders and bird seed. We’ll see songbirds up close that are being banded and then we’ll head outside to check out the birds at CNC’s bird feeding station and take a hike through various habitats to do some birdwatching.
Habitat Hike - December 1 1:00 – 2:30 pm
Join a naturalist on an interpretive hike along CNC’s trails to explore a variety of habitats. We’ll hike to the river and through the woods, wearing off the extra calories you might have eaten at grandma’s house for Thanksgiving. We’ll wear pedometers to count our steps and watch those calories disappear!