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July 2020

Public Bird Banding

July 24 @ 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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Friday Meet & Greet Live Animals

July 24 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Carpenter Nature Center, 12805 St. Croix Trail S.
Hastings, MN 55033 United States
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We will be setting up some of our live animal ambassadors outside so 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, No RSVP required.

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Wisconsin Campus: Meet & Greet Live Animals

July 24 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Wisconsin Campus, 300 East Cove Road
Hudson, WI 54016
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We will have a table featuring some of our live animal ambassadors. Join us at the Wisconsin Campus any time during the hour to meet the animals, learn some cool facts and ask questions. We will be practicing social distancing, allowing space between families. We are also limiting group size to 10 people. Free to attend, no RSVP required.

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Family Spin Fishing with Trout Unlimited

July 25 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Carpenter Nature Center, 12805 St. Croix Trail S.
Hastings, MN 55033 United States
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$5.00

** NOTE: This event has been cancelled due to low registration** Come learn how to fish with your family from Minnesota Trout Unlimited and Carpenter Nature Center! We'll show you how to cast, bait your hook, and release your fish. We'll even teach you all about different types of lures and baits you can use to catch the big ones! Minnesota Trout Unlimited will provide all the equipment and bait to use during the program. Participants over age 16 must…

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[Cancelled] Namekagon Canoe Trip

July 28 - July 30
Carpenter Nature Center, 12805 St. Croix Trail S.
Hastings, MN 55033 United States
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UPDATE 5/22/2020 CNC has made the difficult decision to cancel summer camps in their usual format. We are instead offering half-day camps throughout the summer. Check our summer camp page for more information by clicking here. Space is limited in these camps to maintain groups of 10 or fewer. (Ages 12 yrs & up) Build your outdoor confidence. Join us for a three day/two night canoe trip on the Namekagon and St Croix Rivers. We’ll canoe about 17 miles and…

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August 2020

MN Campus Bird Hike

August 1 @ 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. We ask that participants try to bring their own field guides and binoculars. Program fee: $6.00 or free for “Friends of CNC,” Hastings Environmental Protectors, Hastings High School students and St. Croix Valley Bird Club members. RSVP is REQUIRED, as space is limited to 10 participants. Please call (651)-437-4359.

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Half-Day Invertebrates Camp – Larva (Ages 5-8)

August 3 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Carpenter Nature Center, 12805 St. Croix Trail S.
Hastings, MN 55033 United States
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Join us for a half day all about different invertebrates! We'll find invertebrates in the pond and the prairie, tag butterflies, and make a pollinator house. Group size will be limited to 8 children for each session, social distancing will be followed and group leaders will be wearing face coverings. All children will need to provide their own backpack, water bottle, snack, sunscreen and bug spray, and facemasks will be encouraged. Pre-registration required and prepayment preferred. Program fee: $35 or…

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Half-Day Invertebrates Camp – Pupa (Ages 9-13)

August 5 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Carpenter Nature Center, 12805 St. Croix Trail S.
Hastings, MN 55033 United States
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Join us for a half day all about different invertebrates! We'll find invertebrates in the pond and the prairie, tag butterflies, and make a pollinator house. Group size will be limited to 8 children for each session, social distancing will be followed and group leaders will be wearing face coverings. All children will need to provide their own backpack, water bottle, snack, sunscreen and bug spray, and facemasks will be encouraged. Pre-registration required and prepayment preferred. Program fee: $35 or…

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Preschool Story Time

August 7 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
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. Story Times will be conducted in a slightly different format in the coming months. The story will be read outside between 9:30AM - 12:00PM, with families rotating in groups of 10 or fewer each 15 minutes. We highly encourage pre-registering so we can ensure there are fewer than 10 people gathered for each…

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WI Campus Bird Hike

August 8 @ 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 by calling (651)-437-4359.

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