Making Maple Syrup

This event is full. To be added to the waitlist, please RSVP Please RSVP by calling (651)-437-4359. Welcome spring by joining the CNC staff in making maple syrup. Hike to the "sugarbush" to learn about the structure and function of trees, tap maple trees, watch the process of turning sap into syrup, and sample the […]

Preschool Story Time: Maple Syrup Season *FULL*

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

* Full *. 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.’

CNC & MOU Spring Birding Primer

CNC and The Minnesota Ornithologists' Union - MOU are excited to co-host this year's Spring Primer on Saturday, March 26. Just in time for Spring migration, this event includes a stellar panel of speakers to help you brush up on your bird ID skills and dive into exciting topics in Minnesota birding. This year's event […]

Scout Day: Making Maple Syrup

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

Space is limited, and registrations are required. Please RSVP by calling (651)-437-4359. Have fun outdoors and make new friends while working to earn badges. Cub and Girl Scouts, ages 8-11, are welcome to participate in this outdoor experience. Welcome spring by joining the CNC staff in making maple syrup. Hike to the “sugarbush” to tap […]

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 […]

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. Facemasks requested during check-in and when participants are closer than 6 feet. Program fee: $5 per participant or  free for SCVBC […]

Preschool Story Time: Earth Day Celebration

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.’

Evening Exploration

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

There are not specified time slots for this program, but you must check in upon arrival. CNC will be open until 9:00 pm for visitors to come and explore the trails. Sign up individually or with your family group. Please wear your face mask for check-in and when you might be closer than 6 feet […]

Woodcock Walk *FULL*

Wisconsin Campus 300 East Cove Road, Hudson, WI

Call for waitlist (651)-437-4359. Visit CNC’s WI Campus to learn about the world of the American Woodcock. CNC Executive Director, Jennifer Vieth, along with St. Croix Valley Bird Club Vice President, Cathy Olyphant, will share fascinating details about the lifestyle and conservation outlook of these bizarre long-beaked birds. The program will begin with an indoor presentation, which […]

Hastings Area Youth Birding Competition

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

Young birders 18 and under are invited to join us for the Youth Birding Competition. The rules are simple, all birds seen or heard within the sightline of your rooftop, OR within the boundaries of your favorite park/nature center. Everyone who submits a list will earn a prize! For more information and on how to […]