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

  • ST CROIX

Directions

  • 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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Events

  1. Apple Blossom Races (5K, 10K, Half Marathon, 2K Fun Run)

    Apple Blossom Races (5K, 10K, Half Marathon, 2K Fun Run)

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

    For over 30 years, runners of all abilities have flocked to the St. Croix Valley to support CNC. What better way to celebrate spring than a day at CNC running, walking and supporting environmental education. This family friendly race has a distance and speed for everyone.

    Beginning at 8:00 a.m. the half marathon is a challenging and hilly route past many of the St. Croix Valley apple orchards.

    The 10K follows CNC’s savannah trails.

    There is a 5K run/walk straight down St. Croix Trail.

    Bring your kids for the FREE 2K Fun Run following the other races at approximately 11 a.m.

    For more information or to register please visit: http://carpenternaturecenter.org/plan-your-visit/annual-events/apple-blossom-race/

  2. Bird Banding at Carpenter Nature Center

    Bird Banding at Carpenter Nature Center

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

    Have you ever wondered what bird banding is all about? Banding records help us learn how long birds live, where they travel, when they migrate and many other interesting facts. CNC has been banding birds for over 30 years. Our bird banders welcome you to see songbirds up close and learn about the birds who share our ecosystem. Banding runs continuously for the full 3 ½ hours but visitors may come and go at any time.

    Please call ahead to (651)437-4359 so we know you are coming. Donations of bird seed or suet will be greatly appreciated in lieu of a program fee.

  3. Bird Hike at Carpenter Nature Center

    Bird Hike at Carpenter Nature Center

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

    Join expert birders on a morning hike around the nature center. Learn to identify birds by sight and sound. Field guides and binoculars available to use or bring your own.

    Program fee: $6.00 or free for “Friends of CNC”, Hastings Environmental Protectors and St. Croix Valley Bird Club members. Please RSVP at 651-437-4359 and let us know you are coming.

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