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Get to the nature center

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 a visitor's center located near the entrance.

Carpenter also plays host to several special events every year, including the release of birds back into the wild, thanks to their partnership with The Raptor Center. For information on special events like these, call the nature center at 651-437-4359.

There are more than 10 miles of hiking trails, beach access, an apple orchard and apple shack, picnic grounds and rental facilities.

A nice paved trail winds its way from the visitor's center down to a beautiful overlook of the St. Croix River. There is also a trail that goes down to the water's edge.

Activities and programs for adults and children are also available year-round. Watch these pages every week to get information on upcoming events at the center, or visit


The nature center is closed only three days a year -- Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.

The nature center is located between Hastings and Prescott on St. Croix Trail. To get to the center from Hastings, take Highway 61 north over the river bridge. Turn right on Highway 10 and then turn left on St. Croix Trail. Their physical address is 12805 St. Croix Trail S., Hastings.