Rental Facilities

Carpenter Nature Center has a variety of unique and reasonably priced rental spaces available for meetings, dinners and weddings. For more information on facility rentals call Alan at (651) 437-4359 ext. 104, or send him a question by E-MAIL.

River Bluff Pavilion


The 3M River Bluff Pavilion was built over the summer of 2011 and provides a spectacular view of the St. Croix River valley. The River Bluff Pavilion is located just to the north of the Visitor Center.

Its dimensions are 60 x 90 feet with a 20 x 20 “bump out” area for caterers.

There are canvas sides to roll down if needed and built in speakers in the ceiling for sound also if needed. Chairs and tables are not included, but may be rented from CNC.  Please call for pricing.

Scenic Outdoor Facilities

Carpenter offers 3 decks available for outdoor gatherings. The Schaffer Gazebo, Ravine Lookout, and River Overlook are free to use and open to the public daily.

For a private event, these decks may be roped off for a fee. All three offer breathtaking views. Space is limited; Schaffer Gazebo and the Ravine Lookout are recommended for 20 people in a standing room only style as chairs are not provided. The River Overlook has been recently renovated and now serves as an outdoor amphitheatre with stadium-style seating for  50 people. Fee: $150/hour with a two hour minimum.

Flint Hills Trailside Lodge & Conference Center

Lodgepic1The Lodge at CNC
 offers a scenic hideaway for your group. Nestled in the woods, this private building contains a large meeting room (26’x30′), that seats approximately 20 people at tables. It also has 2 smaller conference rooms (15’x18′ and 15’x15′), which seat 5-10 comfortably at tables.

The entire building is wheelchair accessible with a wrap-around deck overlooking a beautiful wooded ravine and pine forest.

The rental fee for this building includes use of the full building, a fireplace (in season) and fresh coffee upon arrival.  Fee: $300 a day

Rental Policies

Reservations & Deposit: Reservations will not be confirmed until a 25% deposit and completed contract are received.
Payment: Payments are due in full at the start of each event.
Cancellations: If cancellation occurs within 2 weeks prior to event, your deposit will be forfeited. For pavilion rentals deposit will be forfeit if cancellation occurs within 3 months of event unless another event is scheduled in place of your event.
Food & Beverages: In some cases, coffee is provided with the rental fee. All other food, beverages, and kitchenware are your responsibility. Upon request, CNC will provide a list of local caterers.
Smoking: Smoking is not permitted inside any of the buildings or the pavilion. Receptacles are located outside.
Alcohol: Alcohol is permitted with permission and must be served by a licensed, insured bartender; proof of insurance and liquor license required.  You must provide security, in the form of a licensed law enforcement person in uniform, when alcohol is served.
Pets: Pets are not permitted in any buildings, but are allowed on trails on a 6′ leash. Pet waste must be picked up.
Clean Up: It is your responsibility to leave the facility as you found it. Receptacles will be provided for trash and recycling.

Please note: CNC Management reserves the right to revoke use permit or assess damages if any part of the contract is not followed.