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August 2018

Bird Banding

August 24 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Carpenter Nature Center, 12805 St. Croix Trail S.
Hastings, MN 55033 United States
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Have you ever wondered what bird banding is all about? Banding records help us learn how long birds live, where they travel, when they migrate and many other interesting facts. CNC has been banding birds for over 30 years. Our bird banders welcome you to see songbirds up close and learn about the birds who share our ecosystem. Banding runs continuously for the full 3 ½ hours but visitors may come and go at any time. Please call ahead so…

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Carpenter Art Festival

August 25 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wisconsin Campus, 300 East Cove Road
Hudson, WI 54016
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CNC welcomes you to the Wisconsin Campus to celebrate art and nature. Enjoy music, fine arts and crafts and beautiful scenery. The event will take place rain or shine. Please note that the vendors will accept cash or checks only, and that a portion of all profits will support CNC. This event will take place at CNC's Wisconsin Campus at 300 E. Cove Rd., Hudson.

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Mars Watch Party w/ Mike Lynch

August 30 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Carpenter Nature Center, 12805 St. Croix Trail S.
Hastings, MN 55033 United States
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Learn about our Martian neighbor and view the planet through a gigantic telescope. Observe constellations, the Moon, Jupiter, and Saturn. Program is lead by WCCO Meteorologist Mike Lynch, who has been teaching astronomy classes for 45 years. Recommended for ages 8 and up. Registration is required. Call 651-437-4359 to reserve your spot. Program Fee: $15 per participant or $12 for ‘Friends of CNC.’

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September 2018

Minnesota Campus Bird Hike

September 1 @ 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 birders on a morning hike around the nature center. Learn to identify birds by sight and sound. Field guides and binoculars available to use or bring your own. Minnesota Campus hikes are led by bird expert Kevin Smith & Wisconsin Campus hikes are led by the St. Croix Valley Bird Club. Program fee: $6.00 or free for “Friends of CNC”, Hastings Environmental Protectors and St. Croix Valley Bird Club members. Please RSVP at 651-437-4359 and let us know you are…

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WI Campus Bird Hike

September 8 @ 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. Program fee: $6.00 or free for “Friends of CNC”, Hastings Environmental Protectors, Hastings High School students, and St. Croix Valley Bird Club members. Please RSVP at 651-437-4359 and let us know you are coming.

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Autumn in the Valley Gala

September 9 @ 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Carpenter Nature Center, 12805 St. Croix Trail S.
Hastings, MN 55033 United States
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Join Carpenter Nature Center’s Board of Directors for a wonderful evening along the bluffs of the St. Croix River. Each year friends and community partners spend an evening raising funds to support  K-12 environmental education at CNC. The event will be held at Carpenter Nature Center in the River Bluff Pavilion which has a spectacular view of the St. Croix River. This event is a fun way to support a great cause. Guests enjoy tours of the trails, mingling near…

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Preschool Storytime: Orchard Fun

September 14 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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. We’ll listen to stories, spend some time outdoors, make an art or craft project and meet live animals. We will be going outside for every program so be sure to dress appropriately for the weather. Please call 651-437-4359 to register. Program fee: $5.00 per child or $3.00 per preschooler for “Friends of CNC”; no charge…

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Raptor Release

September 22 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Carpenter Nature Center, 12805 St. Croix Trail S.
Hastings, MN 55033 United States
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Join Carpenter Nature Center and the University of Minnesota’s Raptor Center as we release rehabilitated raptors at CNC. After sustaining injuries in the wild, these beautiful birds are now ready to be released. This fun-filled day includes hay ride tours, children’s activities, raptors on display and much more. An inspiring and educational event open for free to the general public, CNC’s raptor release is enjoyed by visitors of all age groups. Dogs are not allowed at this event.

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Public Bird Banding

September 28 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Carpenter Nature Center, 12805 St. Croix Trail S.
Hastings, MN 55033 United States
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Earth Day Birding Festival

Join CNC’s expert bird banders every month as they catch, band and release songbirds on our Minnesota campus. Banding runs continuously and visitors may come and go at any time. Donations of birdseed or suet are greatly appreciated in lieu of a program fee.

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Fall Raptor Count & Hawk Watch

September 29 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Carpenter Nature Center, 12805 St. Croix Trail S.
Hastings, MN 55033 United States
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Each fall, thousands of raptors and other bird migrants follow the St. Croix/Mississippi River Flyway south to their wintering grounds in the southern US and beyond. Our team of friendly spotters and greeters will set up behind the Administration Building to count raptor migrants as well as songbirds, gulls, and other southbound birds. Come ask questions, check in on the count totals, or participate in the count! Binoculars will be available upon request. Please RSVP at 651-437-4359 and let us…

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