Week of February 20th – 26th

We welcomed Fillmore County Cattleman’s Association, Math & Science Academy, Kenwood School, Pepin School, Springfield Elementary, Mayo High School, and Christ Lutheran Youth.


The Fillmore County Cattleman’s Association arrived on Monday evening for a Banquet.

The Math & Science Academy arrived on Monday for a visit until Wednesday. While they were here, the 7th graders were able to experience Winter Survival, Earth Exploration, Group Challenges, and East Treetops.

Kenwood School brought their 5th graders on Tuesday. They were able to participate in Birds, Pioneer Life, Winter Pond Lab, Rock Climbing, Big Freeze, and East Treetops before leaving on Friday.

Pepin School brought their 5th and 6th graders for a Wednesday through Friday visit. While they were here, they were able to take Group Challenges, Pioneer Life, West Treetops, and Animal Signs.

The 6th graders of Springfield Elementary also came for a Wednesday through Friday visit. They were able to experience Winter Survival, Wildlife Ecology, South Treetops, and Group Challenges while they were here.

Mayo High School brought their seniors on Friday for a day of Group Challenges and South Treetops.

Christ Lutheran Youth arrived on Sunday for an afternoon of Rock Climbing.



  • There are more American Kestrelsbeing spotted in the area.

    American Kestrel by Jim Williams

  • A dark-phase Rough-legged Hawk was seen along the Eagle Bluff drive.
  • A Red-tailed Hawk was seen perched near a Red-tailed Hawk nest.
  • Eastern Bluebirds have been seen.
  • Coyotes have been heard calling.
  • A large Insect was seen crawling out of the snow.
  • Mayflies were emerging from the Root River.
  • Crocus’ are sprouting.


Thought for the Week

“The thing I remember best about successful people I’ve met all through the years is their obvious delight in what they’re doing and it seems to have very little to do with worldly success. They just love what they’re doing and they love it in front of others.”
Mr. Rogers


Nature Trivia Question

Answer to Last Week’s Question:
When we tap Maple Trees, we collect the sap from the xylem part of the tree.

This Week’s Questions:
Besides sticks, what “unusual” item might you find  in the nest of  a Rough-legged Hawk?


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