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March 2021

Last Day of the Frosty Forty

March 20 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Today is the first day of spring and the last day of the Frosty Forty Challenge. Thank you to everyone who participated. It was a great way to kick off the 40th anniversary of environmental education and habitat protection at Carpenter Nature Center!

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Wilderness Women

March 26 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Carpenter Nature Center, 12805 St. Croix Trail S.
Hastings, MN 55033 United States
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Pre-registrations required. Please call 651-437-4359 to reserve your start time. Join us for an all-woman’s hiking experience for those who love the outdoors and meeting new people. Women can meet up with other women to enjoy a relaxing walk after work or a Friday evening outing. Groups of 1-3 women can reserve a start time and will be paired up with another group. For those who are unfamiliar with our trails, they can request a trail guide for their 1-3…

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Maple Syruping Open House

March 27 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
CNC Trailside Lodge, 12355 St. Croix Trail South
Hastings, MN 55033 United States
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Join CNC staff in the sugarbush to witness the process of turning maple sap into syrup.  The sugarbush can be muddy in the spring with the snowmelt so wear boots or shoes that can get dirty and dress for the weather. Start times will be staggered and group size will be limited. Facemasks are requested for outdoor activities and required for the indoor portion. Meet at CNC’s Trailside Lodge at 12355 St. Croix Trail South, Hastings, MN, which is two…

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Evening Exploration

March 28 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Carpenter Nature Center, 12805 St. Croix Trail S.
Hastings, MN 55033 United States
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Pre-registrations required. Please call 651-437-4359 to sign up for a time slot. Venture out on the night of the full moon for an evening walk. March 28 moonrise time - 7:40pm. Sunset time - 7:38pm. Program begins at 6:00pm while there is still daylight. Sign up individually or with your family group. Please wear your face mask for check-in and when you might be closer than 6 feet to others that are not in your group. Reservations are required and…

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April 2021

Live Animal Meet and Greet

April 2 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Carpenter Nature Center, 12805 St. Croix Trail S.
Hastings, MN 55033 United States
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Come learn about some of our ambassador animals! We will have different animals on display outside of the Visitor Center, and our naturalists will be there to teach you about them. Visitors can stop by anytime during the hour to meet the animals, learn more about them and ask questions. We will be practicing social distancing allowing space between families and limiting group size to 10 people. Free to attend, but donations are appreciated. No RSVP required.

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Minnesota Campus Bird Hike

April 3 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Carpenter Nature Center, 12805 St. Croix Trail S.
Hastings, MN 55033 United States
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Pre-registration is required. Call 651-437-4359 to reserve your spot. Join expert birder, Shelley Bowman, 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 Protectors, Hastings High School students and St. Croix Valley Bird Club members.

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Wisconsin Campus Bird Hike

April 10 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Wisconsin Campus, 300 East Cove Road
Hudson, WI 54016
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Hike various trails on our Wisconsin campus and learn to identify birds with local experts from the St Croix Valley Bird Club. Facemasks requested during check-in and when participants are closer than 6 feet. Meet at 300 East Cove Road, Hudson, WI. Please call 651-437-4359 to let us know you are coming. Program fee: $5 per participant or  free for SCVBC members and 'Friends of CNC.'

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Wisconsin Campus Bird Hike

April 15 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Hike various trails on our Wisconsin campus and learn to identify birds with local experts from the St Croix Valley Bird Club. Facemasks requested during check-in and when participants are closer than 6 feet. Meet at 300 East Cove Road, Hudson, WI. Please call 651-437-4359 to let us know you are coming. Program fee: $5 per participant or  free for SCVBC members and ‘Friends of CNC.’

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Live Animal Meet and Greet

April 16 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Carpenter Nature Center, 12805 St. Croix Trail S.
Hastings, MN 55033 United States
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Come learn about some of our ambassador animals! We will have different animals on display outside of the Visitor Center, and our naturalists will be there to teach you about them. Visitors can stop by anytime during the hour to meet the animals, learn more about them and ask questions. We will be practicing social distancing allowing space between families and limiting group size to 10 people. Free to attend, but donations are appreciated. No RSVP required.

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Signs of Spring

April 17 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Carpenter Nature Center, 12805 St. Croix Trail S.
Hastings, MN 55033 United States
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Pre-registration required and space is limited, so call 651-437-4359 to reserve your spot. Come to CNC for a guided hike to look for signs of spring! Woodland flowers are emerging, trees are beginning to bud, migratory birds are returning, and hibernators are waking up from their long slumbers. After the hike, meet some of CNC's animal ambassadors and learn about how they are adapted to cope with seasonal changes. Masks are required for check-in and any indoor portions of the…

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