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June 2020

Fishing Fun

June 24 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Carpenter Nature Center, 12805 St. Croix Trail S.
Hastings, MN 55033 United States
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This program is currently FULL Join CNC naturalists to go fishing in the St. Croix River from our dock, maintaining social distancing in a small group. Bring your own rod and reel if you have one or use one provided. We will be sanitizing the equipment before and after each group and will not be sharing equipment while fishing. The majority of the time will be spent at the river so please be prepared with a water bottle, snacks, sunscreen,…

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Public Bird Banding

June 26 @ 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

June 26 @ 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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Summer Mindfulness in Nature

June 28 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Carpenter Nature Center, 12805 St. Croix Trail S.
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 as you 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. Price is $15.00 per session, or $10.00 for “Friends of CNC.” RSVP Required, and prepayment encouraged. Please call us at 651-437-4359 to let us know you…

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[Cancelled] Outdoor Skills Day Camp

June 29 - July 1
Carpenter Nature Center, 12805 St. Croix Trail S.
Hastings, MN 55033 United States
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UPDATE 5/122/2020 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. (Age 10+) Have fun while trying a variety of outdoor skills including shelter and fire building, orienteering, fishing, archery, and more! Dates are June 29-July 1 (M-W) from 9:00 am-4:00 pm.…

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July 2020

[Cancelled] Pioneers Day Camp

July 6 - July 10
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 7 & 8) We will make crafts, play games, and explore CNC’s trails every day as we learn about the many plants and animals that make their home at CNC.…

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Half-Day Bird Camp – Nestlings (Ages 5-8)

July 7 @ 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 birds! We'll go for a birdwatching hike, meet some live raptors, dissect an owl pellet, and much more! 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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Fishing Fun

July 8 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Carpenter Nature Center, 12805 St. Croix Trail S.
Hastings, MN 55033 United States
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This program is currently FULL Join CNC naturalists to go fishing in the St. Croix River from our dock, maintaining social distancing in a small group. Bring your own rod and reel if you have one or use one provided. We will be sanitizing the equipment before and after each group and will not be sharing equipment while fishing. The majority of the time will be spent at the river so please be prepared with a water bottle, snacks, sunscreen,…

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Half-Day Bird Camp – Fledglings (Ages 9-13)

July 9 @ 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 birds! We'll go for a birdwatching hike, meet some live raptors, dissect an owl pellet, and much more! 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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Friday Meet & Greet Live Animals

July 10 @ 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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