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November 2020

Wisconsin Campus Owl Prowl [Canceled]

November 13, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Wisconsin Campus, 300 East Cove Road
Hudson, WI 54016
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This time of the year, many of the Midwest’s 12 owl species are out and vocalizing. Explore CNC on a guided night hike to look and listen for these owls. Program Fee: $5.00 per person or $4.00 for “Friends of CNC.” Please call 651-437-4359 to register

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WI Campus Bird Hike [Canceled]

November 14, 2020 @ 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: $5.00 or free for “Friends of CNC”, Hastings Environmental Protectors, High School students, and St. Croix Valley Bird Club members. Please RSVP by calling (651)-437-4359.

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Live Animal Presentation: Raptors [Canceled]

November 14, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Carpenter Nature Center, 12805 St. Croix Trail S.
Hastings, MN 55033 United States
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Although students will likely not be able to participate in field trips with their schools this autumn, we are making our usual school group programming available for the public to attend on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays this fall. These programs are designed to address graduation standards, support classroom or distance learning, and are a fun opportunity to learn more about nature. These programs will be held indoors. Masks are required and there will be space for social distancing between family…

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December 2020

Frosty 40: Registration Opens

December 5, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Get outdoors this winter to refresh your soul by joining Carpenter Nature Center’s Frosty 40 winter challenge. Research shows that even moderate exercise outdoors can improve your physical, mental and emotional health. Since CNC is turning 40 years old in 2021 we challenge you to walk, run, cross-country ski or snowshoe 40 miles in 40 days between January 1 and March 20, the first day of spring. Choose your own 40-day schedule between January 1st and March 20th. Registration opens…

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Story Time: Winter Wonders

December 18, 2020 @ 8:00 am - December 23, 2020 @ 4:30 pm
Carpenter Nature Center, 12805 St. Croix Trail S.
Hastings, MN 55033 United States
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Even though we are not able to meet in person for our monthly story time, preschoolers and their adults can come to the Nature Center for their own Winter Wonders exploration. We will have materials available for you to do some activities outside at the Nature Center, looking for clues on how the plants and animals adapt for winter, and also a take home craft. The supplies will be available from December 18 - 23 during our open hours 8:00…

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REGISTRATION FULL: New Year’s Eve Candlelight Hike

December 31, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Carpenter Nature Center, 12805 St. Croix Trail S.
Hastings, MN 55033 United States
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REGISTRATION FULL Welcome in the New Year with your family bubble or pod of friends by taking a candlelit walk on the bluffs overlooking the St. Croix River. The trail is paved and plowed throughout the winter. Reservations are required and space is limited. We are staggering the start times with a limited number of people at each time to provide for social distancing. Please wear your face mask for check-in and when you might be closer than 6 feet…

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January 2021

Frosty Forty: Mileage Tracking Begins

January 1 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Carpenter Nature Center, 12805 St. Croix Trail S.
Hastings, MN 55033 United States
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Hit the ground running on your New Year's resolutions, literally! Today is the start of the Frosty Forty Challenge where we are encouraging you to walk, run, ski or snowshoe to explore a total of 40 miles in honor of Carpenter Nature Center's 40th anniversary. For registration and event details head to: Frosty Forty Event Page. Check out our Facebook page for event updates, post progress photos and follow along with your friends and family. Don't forget to use the…

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Frosty 40 Weekly Theme: Explore Your Favorite Trail

January 4 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Kick off the Frosty Forty by exploring your favorite natural area. Don’t forget to give your favorite park, trail, or natural area a shout out by posting a selfie on the Frosty Forty Event Page or by using the hashtag #Frosty40 on social media. Track your mileage with a printable Mileage Tracker. Paper copies of the mileage tracker are available at the CNC Visitor Center.   Not yet registered for the Frosty Forty? No worries! Registration is open until February…

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Ice Fishing Adventure

January 9 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Lake Rebecca, 415 Lock & Dam Road
Hastings, MN 55033
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PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED and must be made by contacting Hastings Parks and Rec at 651-480-6182 or pmarschall@hastingsmn.gov. Join us for a fun and safe morning of fishing at Lake Rebecca! Bait, tackle and poles will be provided and all equipment will be thoroughly sanitized for participant safety. Holes will be pre-drilled and marked for participant convenience and to encourage proper physical distancing between household. Staff and volunteers on-site to help with instruction. All attendees can fish without a Fishing License during this…

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Frosty Forty Weekly Theme: Explore Somewhere New

January 11 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Mix things up and explore somewhere new this week. If you have visited Carpenters’s Minnesota Campus, this is a great chance to experience our beautiful Wisconsin Campus just across the river.  Don’t forget to snap a selfie and share your new-found adventure spots in the Frosty Forty Event Page or by using the hashtag #Frosty40.   Registration is open until February 8th. For more information and registration forms head to Frosty Forty Registration

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