Public Bird Banding

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

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. […]

Homeschool Program: Apple Orchard

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

This programming is open to any homeschool students K-8th grade. Learn parts of an apple tree and observe animals in the orchard. Pick apples, make cider, and bring home a […]

$5

Preschool Story Time: Costumes and Critters

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

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 […]

Prairie Seed Collection

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

Join Washington Conservation District Landscape Restoration Specialist Tara Kelly for a morning of native seed collection. Explore the prairie of our Minnesota campus while learning to identify native species and […]

Beastly Bodies

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

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 […]

Saw-whet Owl Banding – MN Campus

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

Pre-registration is required. Call 651-437-4359 to reserve your spot. Learn about the migration patterns of Northern Saw-whet Owls. Join our researchers as they venture out to band some of our […]

Minnesota Campus Bird Hike

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

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 […]

Saw-whet Owl Banding – WI Campus

Wisconsin Campus 300 East Cove Road, Hudson, WI

Pre-registration is required. Call 651-437-4359 to reserve your spot. Learn about the migration patterns of Northern Saw-whet Owls. Join our researchers as they venture out to band some of our […]

Preschool Story Time: Turkey Time

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

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 […]

Wisconsin Campus Bird Hike

Wisconsin Campus 300 East Cove Road, Hudson, WI

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 […]