Nature & Learning Centers

Carpenter Nature Center

Heart, Hands, and Mind believes that children must have a heart-felt meaning and use their hands to create and construct, in order for their minds to learn and understand!
  • To provide children the opportunity to learn to socialize with one another: through independent or guided activities.
  • To provide activities that foster creativity, thinking skills, decision making, small and large motor skills, and independence.
  • To encourage children to communicate with each other.
  • To learn and have fun!
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12805 St. Croix Trail, Hastings, MN 55033

Great River Road Visitor & Learning Center at Freedom Park

Each year we welcome about 15,000 visitors to the Center and host a total of nearly 1,000 people at our diverse educational programs. The Center is also a hub for community activity. We offer local schools, churches, 4H groups, and other non-profit organizations the opportunity to use our upgraded amenities at the Center and Freedom Park at no cost to them. Prescott has come to use this space for ongoing events and annual celebrations that create traditions, good memories, and a sense of community.