Carpenter St Croix Valley Nature Center

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Carpenter St Croix Valley Nature Center

12805 St Croix Tr
Hastings, MN 55033

(651) 437-4359 (Phone)

(651) 438-2908 (Fax)

Region: Minneapolis / St Paul

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  • Free parking. Free admission. Program charges vary. Donations of $2.00/person are strongly encouraged.


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Located on a Lake or River



  • Located 1 mi north of intersection of Co Rd 21 and Hwy 10. Carpenter Nature Center is on the St. Croix River almost due west of Prescott, WI.

Other Date Information

  • Year round except Christmas, New Year's Day, Easter and Thanksgiving. Buildings: 8:00am-4:30pm daily; trails: 8am-4:30pm daily.

Green Practices

  • Desc of Green Practices in Place: Carpenter Nature Center was fortunate to receive a Dakota County Community POWER (Partners of Waste Education and Reduction) grant in the fall of 2006 to convert its 22 year-old Apple Blossom Races into a Zero Waste Event.
  • Waste Reduction/Reuse/Recycling
  • Water Conservation/Wastewater Mgmt Plan
  • Energy Efficiency/Conservation
  • Eco-Friendly Landscape/Facility Design
  • Eco-Friendly Purchasing Practices

Attraction Attributes

  • Accessible to Disabled
  • Can Accommodate Groups of 45 or more

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  1. Meteor Madness

    Meteor Madness

    12805 St Croix Tr
    Hastings, MN 55033
    Call: (651) 437-4359

    Escape the city lights and spend a relaxing evening watching the Perseids meteor shower at CNC. The Perseids are one of the brightest and most prolific meteor showers in the northern hemisphere. Under clear and dark skies, observers could expect to see up to 100 shooting stars an hour. Our doors will be open until midnight, so bring your blanket or lawn chair, and come enjoy the beautiful night sky at your own leisure. There is no admission fee, but please call ahead to 651-437-4359 to let us know you are coming.

  2. St. Croix Scramble Golf Tournament

    St. Croix Scramble Golf Tournament

    6600 Peller Ave S
    Hastings, MN 55033
    Call: (651) 437-4359

    Enjoy a day of golf at the Afton Alps Golf Course and support Carpenter Nature Center! All proceeds from this event support K-12 environmental education programming at CNC. It will be a fun 18-hole best ball tournament with a 1:00 p.m. shot gun start. Fees include box lunches, greens fees, carts, dinner, door and a donation to CNC. Meals will be catered by Colossal Cafe, who was featured on the popular television series “Diners Drive-ins and Dives”. Hole sponsorships are available.

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