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Among the special events at the Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center are bird releases, like the release of this bald eagle. There are also more than 10 miles of hiking trails and programs for adults and children alike.

Places to go: Visit the nature center

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The Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center in Hastings provides area residents and visitors several unique opportunities to connect with nature.


Open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., the center has a number of exhibits that are available for adults and children to enjoy. There are bald eagles, falcons and owls that have been injured and are in captivity. Turtles, snakes and frogs are also available to watch in an interpretive center located near the entrance.

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