Carpenter Nature Center

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Carpenter Nature Center


Carpenter Nature Center is located in Hastings where the Mississippi and St. Croix rivers meet. It’s home to hiking trails, restored prairies, pines and wooded ravine areas. The total size of the nature center is over 700 total acres and it spans land on both the Minnesota and Wisconsin sides of the river.

The Visitor’s Center is open daily except for major holidays mentioned below and features live animals and raptor displays. There are 10 miles of hiking trails and 3 miles of those are paved and suitable for visitors with disabilities. The Carpenter Nature Center has a monthly preschool storytime, daycamps and several special events throughout the year.

Admission to Carpenter Nature Center is free!

Hours of operation: Minnesota Campus is open 8:00am to 4:30 pm excluding Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Years Day.



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