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Phone: 651-437-4359
12805 St. Croix Trail
Hastings
Minnesota 55033
USA
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Target demographics: Our K-12 award-winning environmental education curriculum teaches 7,000-10,000 students a year, most of whom live in the Twin Cities metro area and western Wisconsin. Our public programs and events reach children, parents and individuals of all ages from all over the United States, the majority of whom are from our region.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Each year 20,000-30,000 visitors enjoy the programs and trails at Carpenter Nature Center.

Someone who had 3 hours of volunteer time could: Help in the many educational gardens, help with office tasks such as data entry, help care for our educational animals, help with trail clean up and maintenance, greet visitors, answer phones, or many other assignments.

Geographic areas served: St. Croix Valley, Southeastern Twin Cities Metro area, western Wisconsin

Programs: Carpenter Nature Center's K12 Environmental Education curriculum includes over 130 programs that are adapted to each specific age group and address both Wisconsin and Minnesota science standards. Public programs and events and the K-12 curriculum take place on 725 acres of protected and restored habitat along the St. Croix River. Teachers especially love the Apple Orchard Programs, the Maple Syruping Programs, Flowers & Pollinators Programs and Winter Survival Programs.

Mission:
To foster appreciation and inspire stewardship of the natural world. We accomplish our mission by acquiring and preserving land, providing quality environmental education, conservation practices, and enjoyable outdoor experiences for visitors of all ages and capabilities.
Results:
Through our programs and events Carpenter Nature Center has reached over 470,000 visitors since we opened in 1981. The team of neighbors, donors, volunteers, staff and board members has also increased the amount of protected habitat from the original 325 acres to 725 acres today.

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03/28/12
The value of CNC is evident by the continual progress they make in improving environmental education for K-12 students, as well as habitat restoration and preservation. Programs are offered virtually every week and the Center stays open almost every day of the year. Thanks to the generous 2011 ... more »
03/31/11
The expanse of land and the views from Carpenter Nature Center make it one my favorite places to be. This preservation of land is one of the most important aspects of Carpenter. Then the commitment to nature and outdoor education is another of Carpenter's strengths. They do it so well addressing the... more »
03/31/11
I have been a Friend of Carpenter Nature Center and volunteer for over 5 years. I love the story of Carpenter. How Thomas and Edna Capenter wanted to have a place for children and adults to come and be close to nature. This is a peaceful place to walk the trails, visit the apple shack, or attend... more »
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