Our family’s favorite fall event – Raptor Release by the U of M Raptor Center! This a great event for families with kids, grandkids, or nieces and nephews. Rovers without kids will enjoy watching these majestic rehabilitated birds return to the wild too!
The Raptors will be released at 11:00 and 2:00, so we will meet in front of the visitor center at 10:30. Typically three birds each time, including hawks, falcons, and eagles. We will find a spot on the hillside to watch the first release. Bring a blanket. Bring your own picnic lunch and we will find a place to enjoy lunch as a group after the first release. We will decide what we want to over lunch. It is a very flexible day. Activities include:
– Raptor displays
– Kids activities
– Hay rides
– Apple picking
– Hiking a nature trail
The activities run from 10:00-3:00, so feel free to come early and stay as late as you choose.
Dress for unpredictable late September weather. Bring sunscreen, a blanket, a picnic lunch, a camera, and binoculars (if you have them).
Pets are not allowed (event requirement).
The event is free, but donations to the U of M Raptor Center and/or the Carpenter Nature Center are suggested. Bring money if you plan to pick apples.
Carpenter St Croix Valley Nature Center
12805 St. Croix Trail S.
Hastings, MN 55033
Contact me so I know who to look for. Let me know if you are interested in carpooling from the Twin Cities. There is typically a short line to get into the parking area, so plan to arrive 10 minutes early.