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 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 […]

Autumn in the Valley Gala

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

Carpenter's biggest fundraiser of the year is back. Funds raised at the Autumn in the Valley Gala keep Carpenter Nature Center open and free to the public, while protecting wildlife habitat in both MN and WI, and supporting our naturalists as they work to provide safe educational opportunities to the community. You can register online […]

Preschool Story Time: Orchard Fun

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 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 […]

Basics of Bird Migration

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

Pre-registration is required. Call 651-437-4359 to reserve your spot. Join bird expert Steve Betchkal to learn about the basics of bird migration while enjoying an evening at Carpenter Nature Center. Program fee: $5

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. Donations of birdseed or suet are greatly appreciated in lieu of a program fee.

Raptor Count/Hawk Watch

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

Each fall, thousands of raptors and other bird migrants follow the St. Croix/Mississippi River Flyway south to their wintering grounds in the southern U.S. and beyond. Our team of spotters and greeters will set up behind the Administration Building to count migrants including raptors, songbirds, gulls, and other southbound birds. Come ask questions, check in […]

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 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 […]

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 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 […]

Apple Fest

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

Celebrate the harvest at Carpenter Nature Center’s annual Apple Festival. This event is held snow or shine. Enjoy pick-your-own apples, cider-making demonstrations, live music, live animal programs, children’s activities, and more! Learn about the animals of the St. Croix River Valley in our Visitor Center, and take a hike with your family on the trails!

Apple Fest

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

Celebrate the harvest at Carpenter Nature Center’s annual Apple Festival. This event is held snow or shine. Enjoy pick-your-own apples, cider-making demonstrations, live music, live animal programs, children’s activities, and more! Learn about the animals of the St. Croix River Valley in our Visitor Center, and take a hike with your family on the trails!