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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Garlic Mustard Pull & Pesto Making

Wisconsin Campus 300 East Cove Road, Hudson, WI

Enjoy Mother's Day by helping Mother Nature! Why just pull an invasive species when you can also eat it! Garlic Mustard is a hardy and invasive plant that can decimate a woodland understory but, it is also edible. During this event, we will spend an hour pulling garlic mustard in the Hein Wood at CNC's […]

Tropical Wings Migration Celebration

Learn more about the waves of migratory birds that pass through the St. Croix River Valley each spring by joining in our hands-on, family-friendly Migration Celebration! This free event runs over two days with activities embracing art and nature in the Hudson area. The flyer below lists details for the event. Please call CNC to register […]

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’.

Evening Exploration

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

There are no specified time slots, but you must check-in upon arrival. CNC will be open until 9:00 pm for visitors to come and explore the trails on their own. Sign up individually or with your group. Program fee: Free, donations are encouraged.

Preschool Story Time: Pigeon Party

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.’

Honey Bees and You [Cancelled]

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

Join CNC’s beekeepers to find out what goes on inside a beehive and how bees make honey. The majority of the program will be outside so dress for the weather. Program fee $5.00 per person, free for “Friends of CNC”.