Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center’s

Big Year Birding Challenge

Join us in 2024 for a brand new program series and citizen science opportunity! Hosted in partnership with renowned bird expert Ben Douglas, the Big Year Birding Challenge is designed to encourage everyone to learn more about birds and see how many different species they can identify at Carpenter Nature Center in a single year. This is a great opportunity for newcomers to get into birding, for experienced birders to work on their life list, for Carpenter to identify the different species that come through the Nature Center, and for everyone to have year-round fun in nature.

Throughout the upcoming year, we’ve  created many opportunities for you to join our trained naturalists to further build the Carpenter Nature Center and your personal lists. See the calendar below for a preview of what’s coming! We will be using eBird, a site run by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology to help track our sightings. Information on how to sign up and to see the species list for the Nature Center can be found below.

Questions? Contact Jennifer Vieth at (651)-437-4359 ext. 108 or

Join the Big Year Birding Challenge

Participation in Carpenter’s Big Year Birding Challenge is FREE, however being a ‘Friend of CNC’ is encouraged and donations are always appreciated.

Calendar of Events

The following events are part of Carpenter’s year-round programming, and are a great opportunity to build your list. These are optional to attend, and may have program fees to participate.

January 6 –  Guided Bird Hike (MN Campus)

January 13 – Guided Bird Hike (WI Campus)

January 26 – Bird Banding Demonstration (MN Campus)

February 3 – Guided Bird Hike (MN Campus)

February 8 – Owls & Ales (MN Campus)

February 10 – Guided Bird Hike (MN Campus)

February 23 – Bird Banding Demonstration (MN Campus)

March 2 – Guided Bird Hike (MN Campus)

March 9 – Guided Bird Hike (WI Campus)

March 16 – Spring Sky Watch (MN Campus)

March 28 – Woodcock Walk (MN Campus) (CANCELLED due to weather)

March 29 – Bird Banding Demonstration (MN Campus)

April 4 – Woodcock Walk (WI Campus)

April 6 – Guided Bird Hike (MN Campus)

April 6 – Spring Birding Primer (Zoom Presentation)

April 11 – Woodcock Walk (MN Campus)

April 13 – Guided Bird Hike (WI Campus)

April 20 – Hastings Area Earth Day Birding Festival

April 27 – Sparrow Walk (MN Campus)

May 2 – Bird Identification Potluck (Zoom Presentation)

May 11Wings of Spring Festival (WI Campus)

May 12 – Mother’s Day Warbler Walk (MN Campus)

May 17 – Carpenter’s Biggest Day (MN Campus)

May 20 – Birdie Big Year: Elevating Women Birders (MN Campus)

July 26 & 27 – BioBlitz (MN Campus)

September 29 – Fall Migratory Raptor Count & Hawk Watch (MN Campus) **Save the date!

More dates coming soon!