CNC is a great place to celebrate your child’s birthday! These two hour adventures include one hour of naturalist-led activities and a one-hour room rental where you can do your own family-led activities. All programs include fun activities, a hike with the naturalist, and a live animal presentation. Adventures are for ages 5 years and up.
Please select a theme from the list below or inquire about other ideas. The staff at CNC is committed to making your child’s birthday special. We are willing to adapt a party topic or develop a new one based on a favorite animal or other part of nature if given adequate time to prepare. Call with questions!
“Hoppy” Birthday!– ( Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter) Where do rabbits live? What do wild rabbits eat? What do they do during the winter? Find out by taking an outdoor hike and meeting a live rabbit.
Sky Hunters– (Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter) Have you ever wondered what a bird of prey eats or how it flies? Learn this and many exciting features about raptors…and you’ll get to meet a Great Horned Owl or a Red Tailed Hawk!
Wildlife Adventures– (Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter) What animals live at Carpenter Nature Center? Search for animal clues while on a hike, and then get a close up look at some live animals.
Slither, Crawl, and Hop– (Spring, Summer, Fall) Snakes, frogs, and salamanders, oh my! Investigate places where some of these critters live and meet some live reptiles and amphibians!
Insect Safari– (Late Spring, Summer, Early Fall) Explore the world of insects up close! We’ll hike to a grassland to go on an insect hunt with sweep nets and bug jars, then release the critters back to their homes.
Apple Cidering Party– (Fall) Visit the apple orchard and help make apple cider the “old fashioned” way. You’ll even get a taste of cider at the end! For this program, participants will pick and take home 2 apples and there will not be a live animal presentation.
Tracks!– (Winter) Winter is the perfect time to see evidence of animals! We’ll hike to find tracks in the snow and try to figure out which animal left it and what it was doing.
$100 per party (up to 10 children & 2 adults)
$90 per party for “Friends of CNC”
$5 for each additional child or adult
Room or shelter with tables & chairs
Guided outdoor hike
Live animal presentation (unless noted)
Cups, plates, eating utensils
Your own activities during the 1-hour room rental
Please note that due to the environmental impact, balloons and excessive gift packaging are discouraged. Please consider reusable gift packaging, decorations, dishes, and utensils. Think green!
CNC welcomes all participants regardless of abilities. Please inform CNC if there will be a participant with limited mobility when scheduling so that we may make appropriate accommodations.
The staff at CNC is First Aid and CPR certified and is trained to respond to emergencies. However, participants must bring their own medications (i.e. bee sting kit) if necessary.
Accommodations for Weather
All Birthday Parties include an outside hike. CNC staff are prepared to hold the program in any weather. It is your responsibility to make sure all participants are dressed for the weather or to cancel or reschedule if needed.
Deposits & Cancellations
A $40 deposit (credited to your program cost) is required to reserve a program. If CNC does not receive it in a timely fashion, we reserve the right to schedule another group in the time slot. If groups fail to give a two week advance notice of cancellation, a $40 fee will be charged (if not rescheduled).
For more information, and to book a program, please contact the Outreach Program Coordinator Jessie Eckroad or call the Nature Center at (651) 437-4359.
Outreach Program Coordinator
12805 St. Croix Trail S.
Hastings, MN 55033
300 East Cove Road
Hudson, WI 54016
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