Nature Nuts Summer Camp *FULL for 2022*

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

June 20-24 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Week-long day camp for children ages 5 & 6

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.

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 […]

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 diversity, from the Least Skipper to the Giant Swallowtail. Bob has requested that participants bring binoculars and wear footwear appropriate for hiking on unpaved trails […]

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 […]

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 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’.