Winter has arrived!

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It snowed about 4 inches on Sunday. We’re excited to start all of our winter classes!

We all pulled into work this morning to see Eagle Bluff covered in a new, fresh coat of snow! About four to five inches fell on Sunday, and we can hardly wait until we get more. Word on the bluff is that some of the naturalists are hoping to cross country ski on our trails this afternoon, and who knows, maybe we’ll even be able to groom the trails soon with our new (to us!) snowmobile as well! Once we get our trails in shape, anyone is more than welcome to come take advantage of our 11 miles of ski trails, ranging from easy to more difficult. Find our ski trail map here! Hopefully we’ll see you on the trails soon!

We had a fantastic week with our visiting groups.

We started the week off with the Chelsea Heights 5th and 6th Graders who stayed until Wednesday. Both grades traveled back in time to visit Oneota Villages, explored the area on a Root River Hike, and rocked it out on East and West Treetops. The 5th graders enjoyed tracking in Animal Signs, and the 6th graders tried to survive as a Minnesota critter in Big Freeze. It was Chelsea Heights’ first year visiting Eagle Bluff, and our staff was impressed with how respectful and well-prepared they were. They were always enthusiastic and ready for fun. Hopefully we will see you again next year!

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A group photo.

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Solving a murder mystery in Animal Signs with Allegra.

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How many pennies can you grab in a bucket full of ice cold, freezing water?! Big Freeze with Cami.

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Exploring Kill Hill during Animal Signs with Allegra.

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Investigating artifacts in Oneota with Mary Mo.

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The 5th graders challenged themselves on West Treetops with Peter!

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Learning about Raptor Adaptations with Vaughn.

From Wednesday until Friday, the 9th Graders from Minneapolis South Open High School enjoyed their Eagle Bluff experience. While visiting, the group tested the Stream health, worked together during Group Challenges, faced the ropes course challenge on East and West Treetops, and learned about ecology in Animal Signs. We’re especially grateful to the ninth graders for helping us remove Buckthorn from our property as a part of an invasive species activity during Animal Signs. All of the staff really appreciated the enthusiasm the students had. It was a lot of fun to be able to work with older students for a change! Check out some photos from their experience below!

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Almost to the zip-line!

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Our ground support team!

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Yes, we do this year round!

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Tackling East Treetops!

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Raptor Adaptations are discussed during Emma’s Raptor Program.

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Feeding the Barred Owl during the program.

Aside from our school groups, we also had three chapters of the Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity visit us for the weekend, as well as Open Rock Climbing on Saturday, where 16 people from around the area came down and took advantage of Eagle Bluff’s awesome climbing wall!

Stay tuned next week for more details and  photos from this week’s visiting school groups: Farnsworth Aerospace, and Sky Oaks Elementary.

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