Carpenter Nature Center has a collection of Minnesota and Wisconsin native animals. Our ambassador animals are vital to our programs and classes. For many visitors, a trip to CNC gives them their first opportunity to observe these live animals at close range. The experience is inspiring and helps teach thousands of students and visitors about the wonder of nature each year.

Minnesota Campus Ambassadors

Located at 12805 St. Croix Trail South, Hastings, MN 55033

Gray Tree Frog

Wisconsin Campus Ambassadors

Located 279 South Cove Road, Hudson, WI 54016

The Al & Laurie Hein Visitor Center Grand Opening will be celebrated July 9 & 10, 2022.

The animal ambassadors listed below will be moving from the Minnesota Campus to the Wisconsin Campus in the coming weeks.

Symbolic Animal Adoption

Adopt an Animal

Interested in symbolically adopting one of CNC’s animal ambassadors? Click the tab to read more on how the animal adoptions work. Thank you for your support!

Frequently Asked Questions About Wildlife

I found an injured animal. What do I do?

We appreciate that you care about wildlife. Please understand Carpenter Nature Center is not equipped to take care of injured or orphaned animals.  If you have found an injured or orphaned animal, please call the Wildlife Rehab Center at 651-486-9453.

I found an injured raptor. What do I do?

We appreciate that you care about wildlife. Please understand Carpenter Nature Center is not equipped to take care of injured or orphaned animals. If you have found an injured or orphaned raptor (eagle, hawk, owl, ect.) please call the Raptor Center at 612-624-4745.