Week of May 16th – 22nd

Spiderwort

We welcomed Melrose-Mindoro Schools, St. Casimir’s School, St. John Vianney School, Lanesboro Schools, HOPE Community School, Assumption Catholic School, La Crescent Middle School, Plainview-Elgin-Millville School, Wright Learning Center, She Is…Outdoors.

On Monday, the 7th graders of Melrose-Mindoro Schools came for a day of Rock Climbing and South Treetops.

The 8th graders of St. Casimir’s Schools came on Monday for a visit until Wednesday. While they were here, they were able to experience Group Challenges, Competitive Orienteering, Canoeing, and South Treetops.

St. John Vianney also arrived on Monday. The 6th graders were able to participate in Group Challenges, Animal Signs, Pond Life, Pioneer Life, and South Treetops before leaving on Wednesday.

Lanesboro Schools brought their 5th graders for a Monday through Wednesday visit. While they were here, they were able to take Fungus Among Us, Root River Hike, Stream Lab, East Treetops, Oneota, Stream Lab, and Pioneer Life.

HOPE Community Academy also came for a Monday through Wednesday visit. While they were here, the 5th graders were able to participate in Oneota, Fungus Among Us, West Treetops, and Archery.

Assumption Catholic School came on Tuesday for a day of South Treetops and Group Challenges.

The 6th graders of La Crescent Middle School arrived on Wednesday. They were able to experience Group Challenges, Fungus Among Us, Amphibians, and South Treetops before leaving on Friday.

Plainview-Elgin-Millville School also arrived for a Wednesday through Friday visit. While they were here, the 5th graders were able to take Pioneer Life, Animal Signs, Group Challenges, and Treetops.

The Wright Learning Center came on Friday for a morning of East Treetops.

She Is…Outdoors held their event at Eagle Bluff over the weekend offering such classes as Shotgun, Handgun, Canoeing, Bicycling, Root River Hike, Rock Climbing, Nature Kaleidoscope, Archery, Pioneer Life, Gardening, Flora Find, Bee Keeping, and much more!

Phenology

  • A Magnolia Warblerwas seen in Lanesboro.

    Magnolia Warbler

  • Canada Goslings can be seen in abundance.
  • A Baby Snapping Turtle was seen on one of our trails.
  • A Fawn was seen.
  • A Mink crossed on of our trails in front of staff.
  • Miterwort is in bloom.
  • Spiderwort is also in bloom.
  • Wild Columbine is blooming now.
  • Nodding Trillium flowers can be seen.
  • Virginia Waterleaf is blooming.
  • Lilacs are blooming.
  • Morel Mushrooms can still be found.

Thought for the Week

“Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there.”
Will Rogers

Nature Trivia Question

Answer to Last Week’s Question:
One way to determine whether or not you have a false or true morel is the stalk on the true morel connects with the bottom of the,  whereas the stalk of the false morel  connects to the very top of the hood.

This Week’s Question:
What species of turtle are native to Minnesota?

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