Week of September 10 – 16th

We welcomed Holy Redeemer School, Harriet Bishop School, Prairie Crossing Charter School, Rochester Montessori, Gethsemane Lutheran, All Saints School, Child Care Resource & Referral, Hastings Quilters, Discover Honey Extraction, and Lourdes Soccer.

Holy Redeemer School arrived with their 5th and 6th graders on Monday for a visit until Wednesday. While they were here, they were able to experience Birds, Oneota, Karst Geology, and East Treetops.

The 6th graders of Harriet Bishop Elementary also arrived on Monday. They were able to participate in Group Challenges, Oneota, Pond Life, Earth Exploration, Birds, and Treetops before leaving on Wednesday.

Prairie Crossing Charter School arrived on Monday for a visit until Friday. While they were here, the 7th graders took Group Challenges, Fungus Among Us, Pond Life, Beginning Orienteering, GPS Pathfinders, Stream Lab, and Rock Climbing.

The 4th through 6th graders of Rochester Montessori arrived on Wednesday. They were able to participate in Amphibians, Fungus Among Us, Group Challenges, and Rock Climbing before leaving on Friday.

Gethsemane Lutheran also arrived for a Wednesday through Friday visit. While they were here, the 6th through 8th graders took Stream Lab, GPS Pathfinders, South Treetops, and Amphibians.

The 6th and 7th graders from All Saints School arrived on Wednesday. They were able to experience Pioneer Life, Group Challenges, Stream Lab, Treetops before leaving on Friday.

Employees of Child Care Resource & Referral arrived on Friday for an afternoon of GPS Pathfinders and East Treetops.

The Hastings Quilters arrived on Friday and quilted the weekend away!

Discover Honey Extraction was held at Eagle Bluff and guests were able to observe and participate in the process of extracting honey from Eagle Bluff’s beehives.

The Lourdes Soccer team arrived on Sunday for a day of Group Challenges and South Treetops.



  • Blue-gray Gnatcatchershave been heard calling.

    Ruby-throated Hummingbird by Jim Williams

  • Male American Goldfinches are beginning to molt to their non-breeding plumage.
  • An Osprey was seen eating a fish by the Root River.
  • A Cooper’s Hawk was seen catching and eating a smaller bird.
  • Male Ruby-throated Hummingbirds have left the area while the females and immature males are still around for a little longer.
  • White-tailed Deer fur is starting to turn brown and they are grouping together.
  • Box Elder Bugs are making their way into buildings.
  • Woolly Bear Caterpillars can be seen find areas to spend the winter.
  • New England Asters are blooming.


Thought for the Week

“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow through you as sunshine flows through trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.”
John Muir


Nature Trivia Question

Answer to Last Week’s Question: 
The Cooper’s Hawk was first described in 1828 by Charles Bonaparte, a French naturalist and ornithologist that was also the nephew of Napoleon. It was named after William Cooper, who collected the first specimen.

This Week’s Question:
How do Blue-gray Gnatcatchers kill their insect prey?


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s