Family Fun Directory: Things To Do with Kids

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Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center

12805 St Croix Trail S, Hastings, MN 55033, Minnesota Campus
300 E. Cove Road, Hudson, WI 54016, Wisconsin Campus
Admission: $0.00
Admission is free! Enjoy the quiet, serene world of nature.
Call 651-437-4359 to register for activities.
Hours of Operation:
Mon. 08:00 AM - 04:30 PM
Tue. 08:00 AM - 04:30 PM
Wed. 08:00 AM - 04:30 PM
Thu. 08:00 AM - 04:30 PM
Fri. 08:00 AM - 04:30 PM
Sat. 08:00 AM - 04:30 PM
Sun. 08:00 AM - 04:30 PM
Carpenter Nature Center is open everyday except Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Years Day.

Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center provides a unique opportunity for families to learn and explore the outdoors. The park is approximately half an hour east of the Twin Cities near the junction of the St. Croix and Mississippi Rivers. Hiking trails wind throughout the pines, savanna, prairies, ravines, an apple orchard, and along the river.

The Nature Center also offers classes, camps and activities for families, including story times and bird banding.

Eagle Ambassador at Carpenter Nature Center

Carpenter's Eagle Ambassador, Phoenix, is a young male bald eagle who was found on the side of a road when he was less than a year old. At the time that he was brought to the Raptor Center, he was very thin, exposed to lead, and unable to fly and unable to be returned to the wild. In May of 2017, he was re-homed to Carpenter and can be viewed at the Visitor's Center.

Story Times at Carpenter Nature Center

Preschool story times are offered once a month on Fridays from 10 am  to 11 am. Check out the Family Fun Calendar for the next date. These story times are designed to introduce young children, ages 2 through 5 and their grown up to nature in a fun and safe environment. It includes a nature story, an art or craft project, outdoor exploration, and live animal observation. Pre-registration is required; call 651-437-4359. Each child costs $5.00 (or $3.00 for Friends of CNC.) No charge for the chaperone.

Annual Events at Carpenter Nature Center

Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature CenterThe Park hosts several family friendly annual events, including:

February: Masters of the Sky.
April: Earth Day Birding Festival.
August: Carpenter Art Festival.
September: Fall Raptor Release.
October: Applefest.

Birthday Parties at Carpenter Nature Center

Carpenter has facilities available for rent. They now also offer interactive educational programs that come to you. Outreach coordinator, Jessie Eckroad can help arrange age appropriate programs, such as “Raptors in the Classroom” to “Pursuing Pollinators” to “Wonderful Waters,”. Contact Jessie to find out more at 651-437-4359 or by email.

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