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 Festival at Carpenter Nature Center

    Apple Festival at Carpenter Nature Center

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

    Celebrate the harvest at Carpenter Nature Center’s annual Apple Harvest. Join in our hayrides, children’s activities, live animals, music and great food. Spend time in our Visitors Center to learn of the habitat and animals of the St. Croix River Valley. Enjoy the spectacular fall colors of the river valley, and visit our neighboring orchards and their activities.

    Be sure to visit the Apple Shack and take home Carpenter’s select apples, condiments and treats.

  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 so we know you are coming.

    Donations of bird seed or suet will be greatly appreciated in lieu of a program fee.

  3. Fall Raptor Count & Hawk Watch at Carpenter Nature Center

    Fall Raptor Count & Hawk Watch at Carpenter Nature Center

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

    Each fall, thousands of raptors and other bird migrants follow the St. Croix/Mississippi River Flyway south to their wintering grounds in the southern US and beyond. Our team of friendly spotters and greeters will set up behind the Administration Building to count raptor migrants as well as songbirds, gulls, and other southbound birds. Come ask questions, check in on the count totals, or participate in the count! Binoculars will be available upon request.

    Please RSVP at 651-437-4359 and let us know you are coming.

  4. Raptor Release at Carpenter Nature Center

    Raptor Release at Carpenter Nature Center

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

    Join Carpenter Nature Center and the University of Minnesota’s Raptor Center as we release rehabilitated raptors at CNC. After sustaining injuries in the wild, these beautiful birds are now ready to be released.

    This fun-filled day includes hay ride tours, children’s activities, raptors on display and much more. An inspiring and educational event open for free to the general public, CNC’s raptor release is enjoyed by visitors of all age groups. Dogs are not allowed at this event.

  5. Saw-whet Owl Banding at Carpenter Nature Center

    Saw-whet Owl Banding at Carpenter Nature Center

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

    Learn about the migration patterns of Saw-whet Owls. Join our naturalists as they venture out to band some of our native owls. Space is limited so call early to reserve your spot. This program is weather dependent. Program fee: FREE

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