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. Apple Blossom Races

    Apple Blossom Races

    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 Carpenter Nature Center. 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 10K follows a portion of CNC's beautiful trail system. There is a 5K run/walk straight down St. Croix Trail, and bring your kids for FREE 2K Fun Run following the other races at approximately 9:30 a.m.

  2. Hastings Area Birding Festival

    Hastings Area Birding Festival

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

    Celebrate the many birds of Minnesota at the Hastings area Earth Day Birding Festival. This is the fifth year the Hastings Environmental Protectors has teamed up with CNC for the Birding Festival. Some of the highlights are an “Introduction to Birding” class, a “Raptors 101” class, bird banding demonstrations, and guided bird trips in the Hastings area. For more info please visit:

    Program fee is $5 per person or $15 per person including a box lunch

    RSVPS Are Required– Please call 651-437-4359 to reserve your spot

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