CARPENTER NATURE CENTER
Minnesota Campus
Multiple Habitats & Visitor Center

 Carpenter Nature Center's Minnesota Campus is located along  the bluffs of the Wild & Scenic St. Croix River. The site includes  425 acres of tall grass prairie, oak savannah, flood plain, riparian  habitat, river's edge, pine plantation, wetland and woodland. Four  miles of paved trails and 11 miles of mulched/mowed trails make    the various habitats easily accessible. Specialties include nesting  Bald Eagles, Summer Tanagers and Barred Owls. The bluffs  make it a perfect spot to watch fall raptor migration and the site is  utilized by migrating Saw-whet Owls. A large feeding station  maintained year-round often yields good looks at irruptive winter  species such as Red-breasted Nuthatches, Purple Finches and  Pine Siskins. The Nature Center has documented 198 bird  species on the Minnesota Campus.   




Wisconsin Campus
Eastern Meadowlarks Abound

 Carpenter Nature Center's Wisconsin Campus encompasses 300  acres of prairie, oak savanna, pine plantation and mixed forest. The  area boasts ten miles of trails providing easy opportunities to  explore the various habitats. Breeding bird species include  American Kestrels, Eastern Meadowlarks and Clay-colored  Sparrows. Migratory stop-over visitors include Northern Harriers  and a variety of wood warblers. Winter residents like Northern  Shrikes are frequently seen. Facilities include a port-a-potty,  maintenance sheds and parking on site at 300 East Cove Rd.