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April 2020

Woodcock Walk

April 24 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wisconsin Campus, 300 East Cove Road
Hudson, WI 54016
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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 will be followed by a walk through the darkening prairie trails to observe the acrobatic mating displays of male Woodcock. Registration is required, so call 651-437-4359 to…

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Mindfulness in Nature

April 25 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
CNC Trailside Lodge, 12355 St. Croix Trail South
Hastings, MN 55033 United States
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Take some time to connect with the power and fragility of nature.  Join instructor Tonya Schmitt, MEd and RYT-500 yoga teacher for a gentle hour-long program Saturday mornings in April & May. Engage in sensory-focused mindfulness by breathing deeply, performing simple movements, being in nature, and hearing stories of environmental awareness. Yoga mats are not necessary. Be sure to dress for the outdoors. This program meets at the Flint Hills Trailside Lodge; 12355 St. Croix Trail S. Hastings, MN 55033…

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Water Quality for Educators – POSTPONED – Date TBD

April 30 @ 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Carpenter Nature Center, 12805 St. Croix Trail S.
Hastings, MN 55033 United States
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FREE WORKSHOP Network with educators from communities in Minnesota and Wisconsin, receive hands-on training in the use of CAM (Carpenter Aquatic Monitoring) Kits, and learn about the CAM Kits lending program for classrooms. FOOD AND BEVERAGES PROVIDED Call 651-437-4359 to register. CAM Kits include a variety of equipment for monitoring water quality and making environmental observations.Water quality tests include pH, nitrates,phosphates, dissolved oxygen, salinity, turbidity, and coliform. Kits also include equipment for measuring weather conditions such as temperature, light, wind…

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May 2020

Preschool Story Time: Spring Has Sprung

May 1 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Carpenter Nature Center, 12805 St. Croix Trail S.
Hastings, MN 55033 United States
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CNC’s Preschool Story Times are designed to introduce young children, ages 2 through 5 (with a parent or guardian), to nature in a fun and safe environment. We’ll listen to stories, spend some time outdoors, make an art or craft project and meet live animals. We will be going outside for every program so be sure to dress appropriately for the weather. Program fee: $5.00 per child or $3.00 per preschooler for “Friends of CNC”; no charge for accompanying adult.…

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MN Bird Hike

May 2 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Carpenter Nature Center, 12805 St. Croix Trail S.
Hastings, MN 55033 United States
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Join expert birder, Kevin Smith, 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: $6.00 or free for “Friends of CNC,” Hastings Environmental Protectors, Hastings High School students and St. Croix Valley Bird Club members. Please RSVP at 651-437-4359.

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Mindfulness in Nature

May 2 @ 11:00 am
CNC Trailside Lodge, 12355 St. Croix Trail South
Hastings, MN 55033 United States
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Take some time to connect with the power and fragility of nature.  Join instructor Tonya Schmitt, MEd and RYT-500 yoga teacher for a gentle hour-long program Saturday mornings in April & May. Engage in sensory-focused mindfulness by breathing deeply, performing simple movements, being in nature, and hearing stories of environmental awareness. Yoga mats are not necessary. Be sure to dress for the outdoors. This program meets at the Flint Hills Trailside Lodge; 12355 St. Croix Trail S. Hastings, MN 55033…

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Volunteer Informational Meeting

May 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Carpenter Nature Center, 12805 St. Croix Trail S.
Hastings, MN 55033 United States
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Volunteers are critically important to helping Carpenter Nature Center fulfill our mission. Some volunteer weekly, while others support our special events, which occur several times a year. Whether you are looking for some professional experience, like to be outdoors, want to share your knowledge with children, or just want to stay busy, CNC can provide a rewarding volunteer experience. For more information on volunteering, please attend one of our upcoming volunteer information meeting. These meetings take place at 7 PM…

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WI Campus Bird Hike

May 9 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Wisconsin Campus, 300 East Cove Road
Hudson, WI 54016
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Join the St. Croix Valley Bird Club on a morning hike on our beautiful WI campus. Learn to identify birds by sight and sound. Program fee: $6.00 or free for “Friends of CNC”, Hastings Environmental Protectors, High School students, and St. Croix Valley Bird Club members. Please RSVP at 651-437-4359 and let us know you are coming.

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Public Bird Banding

May 22 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Carpenter Nature Center, 12805 St. Croix Trail S.
Hastings, MN 55033 United States
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Earth Day Bird Festival

Join CNC’s expert bird banders every month as they catch, band and release songbirds on our Minnesota campus. Banding runs continuously and visitors may come and go at any time. Donations of birdseed or suet are greatly appreciated in lieu of a program fee.

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June 2020

MN Bird Hike

June 6 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Carpenter Nature Center, 12805 St. Croix Trail S.
Hastings, MN 55033 United States
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Join expert birder, Kevin Smith, 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: $6.00 or free for “Friends of CNC,” Hastings Environmental Protectors, Hastings High School students and St. Croix Valley Bird Club members. Please RSVP at 651-437-4359.

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