Week of October 31st – November 6th

We welcomed Owatonna Jr. High, St. Peter’s School, Christian Heritage Academy, Fillmore Central, Zumbro Valley Mental Health, Northfield Middle School, Crossroads Academy, Church of the Resurrection, Cotter Residence.

The 7th graders of Owatonna Jr. High came to visit again on Monday for a day of Competitive Orienteering, Beginning Orienteering, and Treetops.

St. Peter’s School brought their 6th graders for a Monday through Wednesday visit. While they were here, they were able to experience Oneota, Animal Signs, West Treetops, and Archery.

Christian Heritage Academy also came for a Monday through Wednesday visit. While they were here, the 6th graders participated in Group Challenges, Pioneer Life, and GPS Pathfinders.

The 7th graders of Fillmore Central arrived on Monday. They were able to take Wildlife Ecology, Trees & Keys, GPS Pathfinders, and East Treetops before leaving on Wednesday.

Employees of Zumbro Valley Mental Health arrived on Tuesday for a morning of Group Challenges.

Northfield Middle School brought their 7th graders on Wednesday for a visit until Friday. While they were here, they were able to experience Oneota, Pioneer Life, Group Challenges, Wildlife Ecology, Animal Signs, and Treetops.

The adults of Crossroads Academy came on Friday for a day of East Treetops and Group Challenges.

Church of the Resurrection came on Friday for an overnight visit where they did Group Challenges and South Treetops.

Cotter Residence brought their 9th – 12th grade foreign exchange students on Saturday for Group Challenges and East Treetops.



  • A Northern Shrike was seen in the area.

    Northern Shrike

  • Horned Larks can be spotted in the fields.
  • There are lots of White-tailed Deer on the move, especially since hunting season has started.
  • All of the Tree Leaves have fallen, except for Red Oaks.
  • Winter Constellations are visible.
  • Jupiter is really bright because the sun is shining directly on it and we (Earth) are close in our orbits.



Thought for the Week

“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.”
John Muir


Nature Trivia Question

Answer to Last Week’s Question:
Most other hawks use their vision primarily to find their prey. Northern Harriers also rely on their hearing to hunt their prey and they have a facial disk like an owl to help direct sounds to their ears quicker.

This Week’s Question:
What are Northern Shrikes (and other shrikes) known for doing with excess food?


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