Week of March 26th – April 1st

We welcomed Fillmore Central Girls Basketball, Heritage E-STEM Middle School, St. Anne’s School, Pacelli Middle Schools, Community of Peace Academy, The Bob Robert’s Group, Badgersett Wood Ag Short Course, Ehryn’s Group, and The Associated Church.


Fillmore Central Girls Basketball brought 15 of their high schoolers on Monday morning to go up on the East Treetops.

The 5th graders of Heritage E-STEM Middle School arrived on Monday for a visit until Wednesday. While they were here, they were able to experience Group Challenges, Oneota, Pioneer Life, Animal Signs, Trees & Keys, Birds, and Treetops.

St. Anne’s School brought their 4th and 5th graders on Wednesday. They were able to participate in Pioneer Life, Beginning Orienteering, Earth Exploration, Wildlife Ecology, and West Treetops before leaving on Friday.

Pacelli Middle School also brought their 6th – 8th graders for a visit until Friday. While they were here, they were able to take Karst Geology, GPS Pathfinders, Group Challenges, Pioneer Life, Rock Climbing, and South Treetops.

The 6th graders of Community of Peace Academy also arrived on Wednesday. They were able to experience Oneota, Trees & Keys, East Treetops, and Stream Lab before leaving on Friday.

The Bob Roberts Group came on Friday for East Treetops in the afternoon.

Badgersett Woody Ag Short Course came for the weekend and held their own classes.

Ehryn’s Group arrived on Saturday for East Treetops.

The Associated Church arrived on Saturday for East Treetops.



  • A Rose-breasted Grosbeakwas heard singing.

    Rose-breasted Grosbeak by Jim Williams

  • A Tree Swallow was seen.
  • Black-capped Chickadees were seen claiming an old Bluebird nest box as their own.
  • Wood Ducks have been seen.
  • Brown-headed Cowbirds are back.
  • A Bat was seen flying over the pond.
  • Baby Painted Turtles emerged from a hole near our big pond.
  • Mourning Cloak Butterflies have been seen flying around.
  • May Apples are up.
  • Trout Lily leaves can be seen.
  • Purple Violets can be seen.
  • Wild Plums are flowering.
  • Eastern Shooting Stars are coming up in our prairies.



Thought for the Week

Attitudes are habits of thoughts that predict or perpetuate our performance.


Nature Trivia Question

Answer to Last Week’s Question:
Ants help spread the seeds of Dutchman’s Breeches in a process called myremecochory. The seeds have a fleshy organ call an elaiosome that attracts the ants. They take the seeds to their nests where they eat the elaiosome and put the seeds in their nest debris, where they are protected until they germinate. The ants’ nest debris also provides really rich soil.

This Week’s Question:
How long will Rose-breasted Grosbeak males sit on the nest during the day?



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