Bird Watching, Snowshoeing & Relaxing at Carpenter Nature Center
It is that time of year again to find some amazing birds migrating up and down the Mississippi River Valley at Carpenter Nature Center . We have seen several bald eagles, trumpeter swans, hawks and rare ducks this winter. Prescott was fortunate enough to have a male Harlequin Duck arrive in the winter of last year and return again this year. Because the water is extremely deep below the bridge and doesn’t freeze, many birds have the opportunity to stop and feed. His arrival, along with others that use this migratory path, has attracted several birders to the area.
Crossbills have been observed this month at Carpenter Nature Center (website: http://www.carpenternaturecenter.org/), which is about a 5 minute drive from our front door. The center provides a unique opportunity to learn and explore the outdoors. With property on both the Minnesota and Wisconsin sides of the scenic St. Croix River, they are able to preserve wildlife habitat while also providing educational opportunities. Hiking and snowshoeing trails wind throughout the tall pines, oak savanna, restored prairies, wooded ravines, around the apple orchard, and along the river of the 425 acre main property north of Hastings, MN. Wildlife abounds in the restored prairie and wooded bluffs on the 300 acre Wisconsin nature preserve. With over 10 miles of hiking/snowshoeing trails, 3.5 of which are paved to accommodate persons with mobility limitations, you will see a vast variety of plant and animal communities. The Interpretive Center is located onsite and is open daily 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM, offering hands-on exhibits and live animals for display. Hiking/snowshoeing trails, beach access, and the Interpretive Center are open to the public 7 days a week excluding: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Years Day. Admission is free!
We have had many guests that have been to Carpenter Nature Center for snowshoeing and have enjoyed the views and trails. If you are up for a day of adventure, bird watching and/or snowshoeing and would like to wrap it up with a relaxing evening of pampering and tranquility, don’t hesitate to give us a call!