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Jim N

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Review for Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center, Hastings, MN, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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 donation of 3M and other significant donors, CNC completed an outdoor pavilion that enhances the center's ability to teach in all types of weather, and adds a revenue stream from pavilion rental. Most significantly, I feel, is the quality and capability of their naturalists who reach thousands of students every year with superb environmental education and naturalist programs. CNC is a first-rate facility.

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For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

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Role:  Volunteer

Review for Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center, Hastings, MN, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Thanks to hundreds of volunteers and a small, dedicated professional staff, CNC gives more "non-profit bang for the buck" than any other charity I know. It's a well-managed organization with enthusiastic, skilled naturalists.

Their K-12 environmental education/natural science classes are filled with classes from area schools, and the center coordinates their curriculum with Minnesota and Wisconsin state education requirements. The public programs serve the needs of their community, and their apple orchard is eco-friendly.

All in all they do a terrific job in providing children with a quality natural science education. Local charity; 100% privately supported.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my own children's learning and in many community events.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

seek ways to hire additional naturalists. The facility can handle more programs than they can presently fund.

Role:  Donor & My children attended Carpenter classes and camps for over 6 years.