Preschool Story Time: Terrific Toads

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.’

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’.

Planting for Pollinators

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

Turn your yard into a haven for pollinators with instruction from Master Gardeners. This program consists of an indoor presentation followed by a short tour of the CNC gardens and the opportunity to purchase native plant seeds. Space is limited and registration is required. Please call 651-437-4359 to RSVP.  Program Fee: $5 per person.

Fishing Fun Day Camp **FULL FOR 2022**

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

This summer camp is full for 2022 Join CNC naturalists to go fishing in the St. Croix River from our dock. Bring your own rod and reel if you have one or use one provided.  Most of the time will be spent at the river so please be prepared with a water bottle, snacks, sunscreen, […]

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 for the experience. Dogs are welcome on all trails at CNC and the taproom at Spiral Brewery. All dogs must be leashed for both the […]

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. Sign up individually or with your group. Program fee: Free, donations are encouraged.

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 and reel if you have one or use one provided. Most of the time will be spent at the river so please be prepared with […]

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: Free. For more information please call 651-437-4359.

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, fishing, archery, and more! June 28-30 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.