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December 2019

Preschool Story Time: Winter is Coming

December 6 @ 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. To…

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WI Campus Bird Hike

December 14 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 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. *notice time change*

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Public Bird Banding

December 27 @ 8:30 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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September 2020

Autumn in the Valley Gala

September 13, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Carpenter Nature Center, 12805 St. Croix Trail S.
Hastings, MN 55033 United States
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Join the friends and family of Carpenter Nature Center for an evening of fun for a good cause. It’s a memorable dinner, raffle, silent and live auction, and is Carpenter’s major fundraising event. Proceeds from this one event alone pays a naturalist’s salary for a year. Program fee: $110 per ticket, or $95 if you register by August 16th 2020. For more information on the event and registration, please visit: https://carpenternaturecenter.org/plan-your-visit/annual-events/autumn-in-the-valley-gala/

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Raptor Count and Hawk Watch

September 27, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Carpenter Nature Center, 12805 St. Croix Trail S.
Hastings, MN 55033 United States
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Each fall, thousands of raptors and other bird migrants follow the St. Croix/Mississippi River Flyway south to their wintering grounds in the southern U.S. and beyond. Our team of spotters and greeters will set up behind the Administration Building to count migrants including raptors, songbirds, gulls, and other southbound birds. Come ask questions, check in on the count totals, or participate in the count. Binoculars will be available upon request. Program Fee: FREE. For more information, please call 651-437-4359.

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October 2020

Apple Festival

October 10, 2020 - October 11, 2020
Carpenter Nature Center, 12805 St. Croix Trail S.
Hastings, MN 55033 United States
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Celebrate the fall at Carpenter Nature Center’s annual Apple Harvest. Join in our hayrides, children’s activities, live animals, music and great food. Spend time in our Visitors Center to learn of the habitat and animals of the St. Croix River Valley. Enjoy the spectacular fall colors of the river valley, and visit our neighboring orchards and their activities. Dates are Saturday October 10 and Sunday October 11 from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm . For more information, please call 651-437-4359.

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