Scavenger Hunt – Beaver Creek Valley
Thank you for participating in Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota’s All-Ages Scavenger Hunt!
You are tasked with finding as many of the specific “items” listed below as you can, which are grouped into these categories:
◎ Birds ◎ Mammals ◎ Wildflowers ◎ Trees ◎ Humans
RULES AND PRIZE DRAWINGS
Submit this form to be entered in our weekly drawing for a $20 gift card to Minnesota State Parks.
Anyone from age 1-100+ may participate, but for participants age 12 and under, a parent/guardian will need to submit the form.
Entrants are limited to one hunt per park or trail during the event season. But feel free to do them all!
POINTS = ENTRIES IN WEEKLY DRAWING
- 20 pts – For submitting this form
- 1 pt (19 max) – For each “item” you find
- 20 pts – For sharing an Instagram photo of your adventure
- 5 pts (10 max) – For each child age 12 and under who participates with you
“The real source of inner joy is to remain truthful and honest.”
Good luck and happy hunting!
#1. Bird - BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE
Friendly bird found throughout MN shows curiosity for humans as it flits around looking for seeds to eat. Male and female look alike.
Woohoo! You found a chickadee!
#2. Birds - INDIGO BUNTING
Male is vibrant blue, while the female is all brown. Mostly seen along woodland edges eating bugs.
Amazing! This are truly a remarkable find!
#3. Birds - NORTHERN CARDINAL
Male is vibrant red, female brown with reddish highlights. Both have distinct crest on head. They sing loudly their sweet songs all year.
Lovely–cardinals are fun to see!
#4. Birds - RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD
Male is all black with prominent red patch on wings. Female is all brown. Often seen perching on reeds as they sway in the wind along water edges.
#5. Mammal - BEAVER
Spends most of its time in water near its lodge, which they build from sticks and mud and enter from underwater.
Woohoo, you found a creature that plays an important role in Minnesota’s wetland ecosystem.
#6. Mammal - CHIPMUNK
They are very active and inquisitive and find home in hollow logs, tree cavities, or underground dens where they store piles of food.
Oh, lucky! These are fun to spot.
#7. Mammal - RACCOON
Notorious as evening visitor to campsites where it will help itself to any food that's left out.
#8. Mammal - WHITETAIL DEER
One of the largest mammals in MN yet camoflagued and stealthy. Sleeps in different spot each night. Only males grow antlers.
Nice job! Isn’t it amazing how quiet they can be.
#9. Wildflower - HAREBELL
Blooms June-Oct l Grows in the sun or part shade along rocky slopes or open woods. Flowers are about ¾ inch long, pale blue to violet to bright purple, bell shaped.
#10. Wildflower - JACK-IN-THE-PULPIT
Blooms Apr-June l Grows in the shade of moist woods. This unique flower is tube-shaped with a hooded flower that's green with brown stripes. In late summer, a cluster of bright red berries appears.
Great job–These can be hidden in plain sight!
#11. Wildflower - JEWELWEED
Blooms Jul-Sep | Grows in thickets, usually along shorelines or wetlands. Green seed pods form in late summer--gently pinch them to see the seeds explode outward!
Nice job! Were you able to see the exploding pods?
#12. Wildflower - JOE-PYE WEED
Blooms Jul-Sep | Grows in sunny spots along shores. Pink to purple flowers. An important nectar source for butterflies, bees and hummingbirds.
Super job finding the Joe-Pye Weed!
#13. Tree - BASSWOOD
Leaf is heart-shaped with jagged teeth. Bees love to make honey from basswood flowers.
Wonderful job finding this basswood!
#14. Tree - EASTERN COTTONWOOD
This large tree produces fluffy, cotton-like seeds that blow around in wind. Its bark changes from light gray to dark gray and rough as it ages. Leaves are triangular shaped with edges that are toothed or wavy. Underside of leaf is covered with soft white hairs.
#15. Tree - SILVER MAPLE
The tree grows in floodplains and can withstand seasonal floods. Leaf is same shape as all maples (think Canada flag) but very jagged with deep notches.
Super, you found a silver maple!
#16. Tree - WHITE OAK
White Oaks are mighty trees whose acorns feed many wildlife. Leaf has 5-9 finger-like lobes that can be notched deeply or shallow.
Fabulous! Do you see any acorns?
#17. Humans - BIRDWATCHER
#18. Humans - FLY FISHERS
Isn’t it mesmerizing watching them cast?