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May 2020

Spring Migration “Safe at Home” Youth Birding Competition

May 30 - May 31

CNC’s “Safe-at-Home Youth Birding Competition” aims to give youth a FREE, fun opportunity to spend time outdoors, observe birds near their homes, enjoy spring, and win prizes! HOW DOES IT WORK? Teams of 1-5 participants are encouraged to count all bird species seen and heard within sight of their roof top between sunrise of May 30 and sunset of May 31. Teams can be siblings in one household, or youth who coordinate their species list electronically with friends in another…

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June 2020

MN Campus Bird Hike

June 6 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Carpenter Nature Center, 12805 St. Croix Trail S.
Hastings, MN 55033 United States
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Join expert birder, Kevin Smith, on a morning hike around the Nature Center. Learn to identify birds by sight and sound. Please bring your own binoculars and field guides. ‘Friends of CNC’, Hastings Environmental Protectors, and St. Croix Valley Bird Club members are free, $6 donation suggested for others. RSVP Required. Please call us at 651-437-4359 to let us know you are coming. Maximum of 9 participants allowed.   We ask that participants please do the following when attending our…

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Summer Mindfulness in Nature

June 7 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Carpenter Nature Center, 12805 St. Croix Trail S.
Hastings, MN 55033 United States
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Take some time to connect with the power and fragility of nature. Join instructor Tonya Schmitt, MEd and RYT-500 yoga teacher as you engage in sensory-focused mindfulness by breathing deeply, performing simple movements, being in nature, and hearing stories of environmental awareness. Yoga mats are not necessary. Be sure to dress for the outdoors. Price is $15.00 per session, or $10.00 for “Friends of CNC.” RSVP Required, and prepayment encouraged. Please call us at 651-437-4359 to let us know you…

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Volunteer Informational Meeting

June 9 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Carpenter Nature Center, 12805 St. Croix Trail S.
Hastings, MN 55033 United States
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Volunteers are critically important to helping Carpenter Nature Center fulfill our mission. Some volunteer weekly, while others support our special events, which occur several times a year. Whether you are looking for some professional experience, like to be outdoors, want to share your knowledge with children, or just want to stay busy, CNC can provide a rewarding volunteer experience. For more information on volunteering, please attend one of our upcoming volunteer information meeting. These meetings take place at 7 PM…

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Friday Meet & Greet Live Animals

June 12 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Carpenter Nature Center, 12805 St. Croix Trail S.
Hastings, MN 55033 United States
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We will be setting up some of our live animal ambassadors outside so visitors can stop by anytime during the hour to meet the animals, learn more about them and ask questions. We will be practicing social distancing allowing space between families and limiting group size to 10 people. Free to attend, No RSVP required.

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WI Campus Bird Hike

June 13 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Wisconsin Campus, 300 East Cove Road
Hudson, WI 54016
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Join the St. Croix Valley Bird Club on a morning hike on our beautiful WI campus. Learn to identify birds by sight and sound. ‘Friends of CNC’, Hastings Environmental Protectors, and St. Croix Valley Bird Club members are free, $6 donation suggested for others. RSVP Required. Please call us at 651-437-4359 to let us know you are coming. Maximum of 9 participants allowed.   We ask that participants please do the following when attending our programs: RSVP to the program…

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Summer Mindfulness in Nature

June 14 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Carpenter Nature Center, 12805 St. Croix Trail S.
Hastings, MN 55033 United States
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Take some time to connect with the power and fragility of nature. Join instructor Tonya Schmitt, MEd and RYT-500 yoga teacher as you engage in sensory-focused mindfulness by breathing deeply, performing simple movements, being in nature, and hearing stories of environmental awareness. Yoga mats are not necessary. Be sure to dress for the outdoors. Price is $15.00 per session, or $10.00 for “Friends of CNC.” RSVP Required, and prepayment encouraged. Please call us at 651-437-4359 to let us know you…

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Preschool Story Time: Frogs and Toads

June 19 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Carpenter Nature Center, 12805 St. Croix Trail S.
Hastings, MN 55033 United States
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CNC’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. Story Times will be conducted in a slightly different format in the coming months. The story will be read outside between 9:30AM - 12:00PM, with families rotating in groups of ten or fewer each 15 minutes. We highly encourage pre-registering so we can ensure there are fewer than 10 people gathered for each…

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Summer Mindfulness in Nature

June 21 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Carpenter Nature Center, 12805 St. Croix Trail S.
Hastings, MN 55033 United States
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Take some time to connect with the power and fragility of nature. Join instructor Tonya Schmitt, MEd and RYT-500 yoga teacher as you engage in sensory-focused mindfulness by breathing deeply, performing simple movements, being in nature, and hearing stories of environmental awareness. Yoga mats are not necessary. Be sure to dress for the outdoors. Price is $15.00 per session, or $10.00 for “Friends of CNC.” RSVP Required, and prepayment encouraged. Please call us at 651-437-4359 to let us know you…

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[Cancelled] Nature Nuts Day Camp

June 22 - June 26
Carpenter Nature Center, 12805 St. Croix Trail S.
Hastings, MN 55033 United States
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UPDATE 5/22/2020 CNC has made the difficult decision to cancel summer camps in their usual format. We are instead offering half-day camps throughout the summer. Check our summer camp page for more information by clicking here. Space is limited in these camps to maintain groups of 10 or fewer. (Ages 5 & 6 yr) We will make crafts, play games, and explore CNC’s trails every day as we learn about the many plants and animals that make their home at…

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