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April 2021

Preschool Story Time: Earth Day Celebration

April 23 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Carpenter Nature Center, 12805 St. Croix Trail S.
Hastings, MN 55033 United States
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Peregrine Falcons

Pre-registrations required. Call 651-437-4359 to reserve your start time. Monthly preschool story time programs are designed to introduce children ages 2 – 5 to nature in a fun and safe environment. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Start times will be staggered to allow for small groups and social distancing. Facemasks requested for check-in and when closer than 6 feet to other participants. Program Fee: $5 per child or $3 per child for 'Friends of CNC.'

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Wilderness Women

April 23 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Carpenter Nature Center, 12805 St. Croix Trail S.
Hastings, MN 55033 United States
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Pre-registrations required. Please call 651-437-4359 to reserve your start time. Join us for an all-woman’s hiking experience for those who love the outdoors and meeting new people. Women can meet up with other women to enjoy a relaxing walk after work or a Friday evening outing. Groups of 1-3 women can reserve a start time and will be paired up with another group. Masks and social distancing are requested. There is no fee but donations are encouraged.

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2021 Hastings Area Earth Day Youth Birding Competition

April 24 - April 25
Earth Day Bird Festival

Young birders 18 and under are invited to join us for the Youth Birding Competition; with a new “Pick Your Park” option! The rules are simple, all birds seen or heard within sightline of your rooftop, OR within the boundaries of your favorite park/nature center. Everyone who submits a list will earn a prize! For more information rules and registration, visit our event homepage.  

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Evening Exploration

April 26 @ 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Carpenter Nature Center, 12805 St. Croix Trail S.
Hastings, MN 55033 United States
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Pre-registrations required. Please call 651-437-4359 to sign up. There are not specified time slots for this program, but you must check-in upon arrival. CNC will be open until 9:00pm for visitors to come and explore the trails on the night of the full moon. April 26 moonrise time - 7:50pm. Sunset time - 8:13pm. Sign up individually or with your family group. Please wear your face mask for check-in and when you might be closer than 6 feet to others…

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May 2021

Minnesota Campus Bird Hike

May 1 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Carpenter Nature Center, 12805 St. Croix Trail S.
Hastings, MN 55033 United States
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Pre-registration is required. Call 651-437-4359 to reserve your spot. Join an expert birder on a morning hike around the Nature Center. Learn to identify birds by sight and sound. Field guides and binoculars are available to use or bring your own. Program fee: $5.00 or free for “Friends of CNC,” Hastings Environmental Protectors, Hastings High School students, and St. Croix Valley Bird Club members.

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Wildlife Walk

May 6 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Carpenter Nature Center, 12805 St. Croix Trail S.
Hastings, MN 55033 United States
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Pre-registration required and space is limited, so call 651-437-4359 to reserve your spot. Come to CNC for a guided Wildlife Walk. We will explore the different habitats of CNC while keeping our eyes peeled for any signs of wildlife. We may even spot a few critters who call CNC home. This hike is open to all ages and is a great evening activity for the whole family. Masks are required for check-in and any indoor portions of the program. During outdoor…

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Live Animal Meet & Greet

May 7 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Carpenter Nature Center, 12805 St. Croix Trail S.
Hastings, MN 55033 United States
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Come learn about some of our ambassador animals! We will have different animals on display outside of the Visitor Center, and our naturalists will be there to teach you about them. 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, but donations are appreciated. No RSVP required.

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Wisconsin Campus Bird Hike

May 8 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Wisconsin Campus, 300 East Cove Road
Hudson, WI 54016
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Hike various trails on our Wisconsin campus and learn to identify birds with local experts from the St Croix Valley Bird Club. Facemasks requested during check-in and when participants are closer than 6 feet. Meet at 300 East Cove Road, Hudson, WI. Please call 651-437-4359 to let us know you are coming. Program fee: $5 per participant or  free for SCVBC members and ‘Friends of CNC

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Beastly Bodies Live Animal Presentation

May 8 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Carpenter Nature Center, 12805 St. Croix Trail S.
Hastings, MN 55033 United States
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Pre-registration required and space is limited, so call 651-437-4359 to reserve your spot. Discover how the bodies of insects, amphibians, reptiles, and mammals help them thrive and survive in their environments. During this program, you will get a chance to meet some of CNC's live Animal Ambassadors as we investigate what makes each of them unique. Masks are required for check-in and any indoor portions of the program. During outdoor portions of the program, masks are requested when participants are…

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Preschool Story Time: Spring’s Sprung

May 21 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Carpenter Nature Center, 12805 St. Croix Trail S.
Hastings, MN 55033 United States
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Pre-registrations required. Call 651-437-4359 to reserve your start time. Monthly preschool story time programs are designed to introduce children ages 2 – 5 to nature in a fun and safe environment. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Start times will be staggered to allow for small groups and social distancing. Facemasks requested for check-in and when closer than 6 feet to other participants. Program Fee: $5 per child or $3 per child for ‘Friends of CNC.’

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