Trails, Tails, & Ales

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

Celebrate spring with your 4-legged friend! This event is the same as the previous ‘Trails and Ales’ hikes but this time we are encouraging you to bring your dog along […]

Evening Exploration: Summer Solstice

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. […]

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 […]

Public Bird Banding

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

Join CNC’s expert bird banders as they catch, band, and release songbirds on our Minnesota campus. Banding runs continuously and visitors may come and go at any time. Program fee: […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]