Week of April 2nd – 8th

We welcomed Willowwind School, Rushford-Peterson School, Cannon Falls Elementary, and Winona Middle School.


The 5th and 6th graders of Willowwind School arrived on Monday for a visit until Thursday. While they were here, they were able to experience Group Challenges, Archery, Rock Climbing, Pond Life, Wildlife Ecology, Competitive Orienteering, West Treetops, and Karst Geology.

Rushford-Peterson School arrived on Monday with their 5th graders. They were able to participate in Oneota, Wildlife Ecology, Beginning Orienteering, and East Treetops before leaving on Wednesday.

Cannon Falls Elementary also brought their 4th graders for Monday through Wednesday trip. While they were here, they were able to take Birds, Pioneer Life, Karst Geology, and West Treetops.

Winona Middle School arrived on Thursday with their 6th graders for a day trip where they took Oneota, Pioneer Life, GPS Pathfinders, and Treetops.



  • Eastern Towheeshave returned and are singing.

    Myrtle Warbler by Jim Williams

  • Chipping Sparrows are singing.
  • Song Sparrows have been heard singing.
  • Myrtle Warblers have been seen.
  • House Wrens are back.
  • Field Sparrows are singing.
  • A Brown Pelican was seen in Goodhue County, MN.
  • Trout Lilies are blooming.
  • Wild Phlox is blooming.
  • Common Anemone has been seen.
  • Wild Geranium has also been seen in bloom.
  • Wild Leeks are up.
  • Fiddleheads are popping up.
  • Common Bellwort is blooming.
  • Wild Parsnip is also popping up everywhere, so watch out!
  • Small Morels have been seen.


Thought for the Week

“There is magic in the feel of a canoe paddle and the movement of a canoe, a magic compounded of distance, adventure, solitude, and peace.”
Sigurd Olson


Nature Trivia Question

Answer to Last Week’s Question:
Rose-breasted Grosbeak males spend 1/3 of the day incubating eggs on the nest they share with the female.

This Week’s Question:
What US city is named after the Wild Leek?


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