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July 2021

Evening Exploration

July 28 @ 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Carpenter Nature Center, 12805 St. Croix Trail S.
Hastings, MN 55033 United States
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Pre-registration 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 9:00 pm for visitors to come and explore the trails on a nice summer evening. 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 that are not in your group. There is no fee, but…

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Family Spin Fishing with Trout Unlimited

July 31 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Carpenter Nature Center, 12805 St. Croix Trail S.
Hastings, MN 55033 United States
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Pre-registration required. Please call 651-437-4359 to sign up. Come learn how to fish with your family from Minnesota Trout Unlimited and Carpenter Nature Center! We'll show you how to cast, bait your hook, and release your fish. We'll even teach you all about different types of lures and baits you can use to catch the big ones! We will be fishing from the CNC dock on the St. Croix River. Be prepared for the weather and a quarter-mile walk to…

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August 2021

Minnesota Campus Bird Hike

August 7 @ 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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Meteor Madness

August 11 @ 4:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Carpenter Nature Center, 12805 St. Croix Trail S.
Hastings, MN 55033 United States
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Pre-registration required. Please call 651-437-4359 to sign up. Escape the city lights and spend a relaxing evening watching the Perseids meteor shower at CNC. We’ll be open until 11:00 pm, so bring your blanket or lawn chair, and come enjoy the beautiful night sky at your leisure. There is no fee but donations are encouraged.

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Preschool Story Time: Bugs

August 13 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 pm
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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Wisconsin Campus Bird Hike

August 14 @ 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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Honey Bees and You

August 14 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Carpenter Nature Center, 12805 St. Croix Trail S.
Hastings, MN 55033 United States
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Join CNC’s beekeepers to find out what goes on inside a bee hive and how bees make honey. Majority of the program will be outside so dress for the weather. Space is limited; call 651-437-4359 to reserve your spot. Program fee $5.00 per person, free for “Friends of CNC".

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Carpenter Art Festival

August 21 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wisconsin Campus, 300 East Cove Road
Hudson, WI 54016
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Celebrating Art & Nature in the St. Croix Valley Music, Fine Arts, Beautiful Scenery, and Live Animals. Located at the Carpenter Nature Center Wisconsin Campus –300 East Cove Road, Hudson, WI Participating artists donate a portion of their proceeds to support environmental education at Carpenter Nature Center. Cash and Checks only, please. Thank you. Like us on Facebook This event would not be possible without the support of generous donors. Please consider sponsoring this event! For more information, contact Erika. Erika Jensen,…

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Evening Exploration

August 25 @ 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Carpenter Nature Center, 12805 St. Croix Trail S.
Hastings, MN 55033 United States
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Pre-registration 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 9:00 pm for visitors to come and explore the trails on a nice summer evening. 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 that are not in your group. There is no fee, but…

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Prairie Plant Identification Hike

August 28 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 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. Join Tara Kelly, Landscape Restoration Specialist from Washington Conservation District, for a  Prairie Plant Identification Hike. Tara will lead us through a restored prairie as we look for forbes, grasses, and anything in bloom.  This is a great opportunity to explore a new area of our Minnesota Campus. This event is part one of a two-part series. Join us in the fall for part two where we will collect seed from…

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