Outdoor Skills Summer Camp *FULL FOR 2022*

Carpenter Nature Center 12805 St. Croix Trail S., Hastings, MN

Specialized camp designed to foster an interest in nature for youth ages 10 and older Have fun while trying a variety of outdoor skills including shelter and fire building, orienteering, fishing, archery, and more! June 28-30 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Minnesota Campus Bird Hike

Carpenter Nature Center 12805 St. Croix Trail S., Hastings, MN

Space is limited, and registrations are required. Please RSVP by calling (651)-437-4359. 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 […]

Butterfly Walk

Carpenter Nature Center 12805 St. Croix Trail S., Hastings, MN

Although he is better known as a Minnesota bird expert, Bob Dunlap also has a keen interest in butterflies. Join Bob for a summer morning walk highlighting the area’s butterfly diversity, from the Least Skipper to the Giant Swallowtail. Bob has requested that participants bring binoculars and wear footwear appropriate for hiking on unpaved trails […]

Trails & Ales

Carpenter Nature Center 12805 St. Croix Trail S., Hastings, MN

Enjoy the beauty of the St. Croix River Valley with an after-hours hike at Carpenter Nature Center. Learn about the history of CNC, listen for birds, spot wildflowers, and more during a 45-minute naturalist-led hike. After the hike, we will meet at nearby Spiral Brewery in Hastings, Minnesota for a Taproom Takeover! Join the staff […]

Preschool Story Time: Amazing Ants

Carpenter Nature Center 12805 St. Croix Trail S., Hastings, MN

Space is limited, and registrations are required. Please RSVP by calling (651)-437-4359. 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. Program Fee: $6 per child or $4 per child for ‘Friends of CNC.’

Masters of the Sky

Al & Laurie Hein Visitor Center 279 South Cove Road, Hudson, WI

*𝘙𝘦𝘨𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 & 𝘗𝘳𝘦-𝘗𝘢𝘺𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘙𝘦𝘲𝘶𝘪𝘳𝘦𝘥* To register online click HERE Celebrate the opening of the Al & Laurie Hein Visitor Center when you join us for a live raptor presentation. Come and learn about the fascinating world of raptors and meet seven of the World Bird Sanctuary’s traveling avian ambassadors. Get a close-up view of live […]

Grand Opening

Al & Laurie Hein Visitor Center 279 South Cove Road, Hudson, WI

Help us celebrate the opening of the Al & Laurie Hein Visitor Center! All weekend, the new building will be open to tour exhibits and facility spaces from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Explore the grounds by joining us for a 𝗙𝗥𝗘𝗘 𝗴𝘂𝗶𝗱𝗲𝗱 𝗵𝗶𝗸𝗲. Registration is required for all hikes. Please RSVP by calling 651-437-4359. […]

Wisconsin Campus Bird Hike

Wisconsin Campus 300 East Cove Road, Hudson, WI

Space is limited, and registrations are required. Please RSVP by calling (651)-437-4359. Hike various trails on our Wisconsin campus and learn to identify birds with local experts from the St. Croix Valley Bird Club. Program fee: $5 per participant or free for SCVBC members and ‘Friends of CNC’.

Pioneers Summer Camp *FULL for 2022*

Carpenter Nature Center 12805 St. Croix Trail S., Hastings, MN

Week-long day camp for children ages 7 & 8 July 11 - 15 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Fishing Fun Day Camp **FULL for 2022**

Carpenter Nature Center 12805 St. Croix Trail S., Hastings, MN

Space is limited, and registrations are required. Please RSVP by calling (651)-437-4359. Join CNC naturalists to go fishing in the St. Croix River from our dock. Bring your own rod and reel if you have one or use one provided. Most of the time will be spent at the river so please be prepared with […]