Week of February 14th – 20th

We welcomed Eagle Ridge Junior High, Holy Cross School, Pepin School, Goodhue Elementary, Mayo High School, and held Becoming an Outdoors Family Weekend.

The 7th graders from Eagle Ridge Junior High arrived on Monday for a visit until Wednesday. While they were here, they were able to experience Snowshoeing, Winter Survival, Cross Country Skiing, Beginning Orienteering, GPS Pathfinders, and Treetops.

On Wednesday, Holy Cross School arrived with their 6th graders. They were able to participate in Group Challenges, Winter Survival, Trees & Keys, GPS Pathfinders, and Treetops before leaving on Friday.

Pepin School also came for a Wednesday through Friday visit with their 6th graders. While they were here, they were able to take Animal Signs, Oneota, East Treetops, and Big Freeze.

The 4th graders from Goodhue Elementary arrived on Wednesday as well for a trip until Friday. While they were here, they were able to experience Archery, Birds, Pioneer Life,  and West Treetops.

The seniors from Mayo High School’s Wilderness Adventure class arrived on Thursday for a day of Group Challenges and South Treetops.

Becoming an Outdoors Family Weekend was held on Saturday and unfortunately cut short because of the incoming winter storm. While the families were here, they were able to participate in Air Gun, Orienteering, Snowshoeing, Cross Country Skiing, Star Lab, Rock Climbing, and West Treetops.



  • A Belted Kingfisher was seen near the river.

    Canada Geese flying by Jim Williams

  • Canada Geese were seen migrating north.
  • Another Flock of American Robins was seen.
  • An Eastern Bluebird was heard calling.
  • A dead white-tailed deer was seen on the frozen river with Bald Eagles circling above it.
  • A Caterpillar was found during the warm weather we had.
  • Because of the warmer temperatures, the sap has begun to flow from the sugar maple trees into our buckets to make maple syrup.
  • After our unseasonable warm weather, we were snapped back to reality by colder temperatures and a Winter Storm.


Thought for the Week

“Nature to be commanded, must be obeyed.”
Francis Bacon


Nature Trivia Question

Answer to Last Week’s Question:
Eating crayfish may be the reason for the pink coloration of a Barred Owls’ belly feathers.

This Week’s Question:
Why are Canada Geese drawn to people’s lawns?


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