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August 2020

Half-Day Survival Camp – Dandelions (Ages 5-8)

August 11 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Carpenter Nature Center, 12805 St. Croix Trail S.
Hastings, MN 55033 United States
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Join us for a half day all about learning outdoor skills! We'll build forts, make campfires and forage for some wild edibles. Group size will be limited to 8 children for each session, social distancing will be followed and group leaders will be wearing face coverings. All children will need to provide their own backpack, water bottle, snack, sunscreen and bug spray, and facemasks will be encouraged. Pre-registration required and prepayment preferred. Program fee: $35 or $25 for “Friends of…

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Fishing Fun

August 12 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Carpenter Nature Center, 12805 St. Croix Trail S.
Hastings, MN 55033 United States
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Join CNC naturalists to go fishing in the St. Croix River from our dock, maintaining social distancing in a small group. Bring your own rod and reel if you have one or use one provided. We will be sanitizing the equipment before and after each group and will not be sharing equipment while fishing. The majority of the time will be spent at the river so please be prepared with a water bottle, snacks, sunscreen, and appropriate clothing. Open to…

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Half-Day Survival Camp – Morels (Ages 9-13)

August 13 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Carpenter Nature Center, 12805 St. Croix Trail S.
Hastings, MN 55033 United States
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Join us for a half day all about learning outdoor skills! We'll build forts, make campfires and forage for some wild edibles. Group size will be limited to 8 children for each session, social distancing will be followed and group leaders will be wearing face coverings. All children will need to provide their own backpack, water bottle, snack, sunscreen and bug spray, and facemasks will be encouraged. Pre-registration required and prepayment preferred. Program fee: $35 or $25 for “Friends of…

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Friday Meet & Greet Live Animals

August 14 @ 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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Wisconsin Campus: Meet & Greet Live Animals

August 14 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Wisconsin Campus, 300 East Cove Road
Hudson, WI 54016
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We will have a table featuring some of our live animal ambassadors. Join us at the Wisconsin Campus any time during the hour to meet the animals, learn some cool facts and ask questions. We will be practicing social distancing, allowing space between families. We are also limiting group size to 10 people. Free to attend, no RSVP required.

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Friday Meet & Greet Live Animals

August 21 @ 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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Wisconsin Campus: Meet & Greet Live Animals

August 21 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Wisconsin Campus, 300 East Cove Road
Hudson, WI 54016
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We will have a table featuring some of our live animal ambassadors. Join us at the Wisconsin Campus any time during the hour to meet the animals, learn some cool facts and ask questions. We will be practicing social distancing, allowing space between families. We are also limiting group size to 10 people. Free to attend, no RSVP required.

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Monarch Tagging

August 29 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Carpenter Nature Center, 12805 St. Croix Trail S.
Hastings, MN 55033 United States
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$6.00

Join Carpenter Nature Center for our first ever monarch butterfly tagging program! We start by learning about the life cycle of a butterfly, their importance in the environment and their amazing migration to Mexico. We will also catch, tag and release wild monarchs. This data is then submitted to Monarch Watch and for scientists to study the success of the monarch population! Program is fee is $6.00 or free to "Friends of CNC"

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September 2020

Autumn in the Valley Gala

September 13 @ 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Carpenter Nature Center, 12805 St. Croix Trail S.
Hastings, MN 55033 United States
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Join the friends and family of Carpenter Nature Center for an evening of fun for a good cause. It’s a memorable dinner, raffle, silent and live auction, and is Carpenter’s major fundraising event. Proceeds from this one event alone pays a naturalist’s salary for a year. Program fee: $110 per ticket, or $95 if you register by August 16th 2020. For more information on the event and registration, please visit our Annual Events page by clicking here. 

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Volunteer Informational Meeting

September 23 @ 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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