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Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center

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12805 Saint Croix Trl S, Hastings, MN 55033-9499
+1 651-437-4359
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A beautiful nature preserve along the St. Croix River

In full disclosure, I am an occasional volunteer at Carpenter Nature Center, working on their... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Tracy B
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
Pretty scenery

The scenery at this nature center is outstanding with lots of prairie trails. We came here... read more

Reviewed 27 August 2016
mstravelergal
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Minnetonka, Minnesota
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2 days ago
“A beautiful nature preserve along the St. Croix River”
27 Aug 2016
“Pretty scenery”
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12805 Saint Croix Trl S, Hastings, MN 55033-9499
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Reviewed 2 days ago

In full disclosure, I am an occasional volunteer at Carpenter Nature Center, working on their various archives (I don't do well outdoors), but I really love this place and all that they do here. The acreage provides walking and hiking trails, with views of the...More

Thank Tracy B
Reviewed 27 August 2016

The scenery at this nature center is outstanding with lots of prairie trails. We came here expressly for the Carpenter Art Festival today and were pretty disappointed with that, however. There were just a handful of artists booths, so it did not feel very "festival-ey."...More

1  Thank mstravelergal
Reviewed 28 June 2016

Our family comes here often after church for picnics. We love to walk the trails. It is very well cared for with love. They have a nice interpretative center, as well, and several outlook points. A must see for all. :-)

Thank CandissD
Reviewed 19 May 2016

I had a 10K race that started and ended at this facility o celebrate the apple blossom festival (blossoms however, had peaked by mid-may). The grounds are worth exploring and scenic view of the St. Croix river.

1  Thank chicago90Phoenix
Reviewed 16 April 2016 via mobile

A surprise treasure, will be even more beautiful when we return in the summer. We will definitely add this gem to our places to visit in all seasons.

1  Thank Heather B
Reviewed 31 March 2016

We have been to CNC numerous times and always find the staff knowledgeable and courteous. The raptor release was fabulous and we enjoyed the apple orchard. The Learning Center is modest, but very informative. It is situated on the beautiful St. Croix River. It is...More

Thank Olsonp123
Reviewed 6 March 2016

There is something for almost everyone to enjoy and it doesn't need to take half the day. Bring the kids, bring the leashed dog (please remember to not let them pee on living things and pick up after them!) bring the less than enthusiastic walker...More

1  Thank Jean W
Reviewed 27 September 2015

Fun time at the UofM Raptor Release Sept 27. Such a magnificent natural setting to release the rehabilitated birds. A great educational opportunity with various local nature related groups providing information. Wonderful to be able to see raptures up close.. Also enjoyed a trip to...More

Thank Gladi507
Reviewed 12 September 2015

On our way from home to somewhere else, we looked on the internet for something fun to do on the way. Going through Hastings, MN, we found this center was on our way. This is a privately owned and run nature center. The Carpenter family...More

Thank pmhb1
Reviewed 2 July 2014

This was my second year running the Apple Blossom race and I just loved it! The trails were clean and it was a perfect Minnesota Park! Loved the buildings and the view was to die for! I would suggest family gatherings, weddings etc.. as its...More

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