Week of October 17th – 23rd

We welcomed Highlands Elementary, JWP Elementary, NRHEG Schools, Coulee Montessori, South Winneshiek Middle School, Aspen Academy, Electric 8 Quilters, SABS Quilters, and the Izaak Walton League.

The 4th graders of Highlands Elementary arrived on Monday for a visit until Wednesday. While they were here, they were able to participate in Oneota, Beginning Orienteering, Pond Life, and West Treetops.

JWP Elementary also arrived on Monday. The 6th graders were able to  experience Oneota, Group Challenges, South Treetops, and Earth Exploration before leaving on Wednesday.

NRHEG Schools also brought their 5th graders for a Monday through Wednesday group. While they were here, they were able to take ARchery, Pioneer Life, Group Challenges, and East Treetops.

The 6th through 8th graders of Coulee Montessori arrived here for a Wednesday through Friday visit. While they were here, they were able to participate in Pond Life, East Treetops, Oneota, and Archery.

South Winneshiek Middle School arrived with their 8th graders on Wednesday. They were able to experience Karst Geology, GPS Pathfinders, Trees & Keys, and East Treetops before leaving on Friday.

Aspen Academy brought their 5th graders for a visit from Thursday through Saturday. While they were here, they were able to take Pioneer Life, Karst Geology, Beginning Orienteering, and East Treetops.

The Electric 8 Quilters and the SABS Quilters quilted the weekend away.

The Izaak Walton League brought some adults for the weekend and held some meetings.



  • Eastern Bluebirdsare still around.

    American Crow by Jim Williams

  • Eastern Phoebes can still be seen and heard.
  • More Dark-eyed Juncos have returned to this area.
  • American Robins can still be seen.
  • A possible Rough-legged Hawk was seen.
  • Blue Jays are congregating.
  • American Crows are congregating.
  • Buckthorn, Honeysuckle, and Garlic Mustard are still green.


Thought for the Week

“Nature and books belong to the eyes that see them.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson


Nature Trivia Question

Answer to Last Week’s Question:
Nine of the stars that make up Pleiades are Atlas, Pleione (the parents), Alcyone, Merope, Electra, Maia, Celaeno, Taygeta, Asterope (the seven sisters).

This Week’s Question:
What color is a Blue Jay?


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