Scavenger Hunt – Fort Ridgely
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. 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!
#2. 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!
#3. Birds - WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH
Hops headfirst down tree trunks. Small gray bird with white belly. Males have black cap/neck, females have gray cap/neck.
Great! Hopefully you got to see it hopping down a tree!
#4. Birds - YELLOW WARBLER
This yellow bird is found in shrubby areas near water. Males make a sweet whistle song from perches.
#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 - GRAY SQUIRREL
Found across Minnesota from woods to urban yards. Build leaf nests in summer.
Nice job! Did you know squirrels sometimes pretend to bury a nut to throw off potential thieves.
#7. Mammal - RED FOX
Usually red-orange in color, some yellow or black. Tend to hide from humans, so only the lucky will spot one.
Amazing that you found such an elusive creature!
#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 - BLAZING STAR
Blooms: Jul-Sep | Found in prairies, open woods, along roads. Feathery pink flowers with grasslike leaves grow in clumps in prairies.
Wonderful! Lovely flowers
#10. Wildflower - BUTTERFLY WEED
Blooms June-Sep l Grows in the sun, dry fields, and prairies. Flat-topped clusters with up to 25 orange flowers. Important for butterflies.
#11. Wildflower - COLUMBINE
Blooms May-Jul | Grows on cliffs and forest edges. A dainty flower with an interesting shape. Hummingbirds drink nectar from this flower.
Great! Look closely to see the fine details on this flower.
#12. Wildflower - LEAD PLANT
Blooms Jun-Aug | Grows in sunny, sandy fields. Plant is 1-3 feet tall. Technically a shrub with woody stems to last through winter.
Wonderful! Aren’t those leaves interesting
#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 - GREEN ASH
Between 7-9 leaflets are attached to each stem. An invasive insect known as the emerald ash borer is spreading across the state and killing off many ash trees.
Nice job! Look for evidence of the Emerald Ash Borer, which leaves “S” shaped etchings in the bark. Let’s hope you don’t see any!
#16. Tree - HACKBERRY
Leaf is skinny and pointed with jagged teeth. The tree has corky bark and berry-like fruit that birds love.
Lovely! You found a hackberry!
#17. Humans - BIRDWATCHER
#18. Humans - DOG WALKING
Someone walking their dog
#19. Humans - HORSEBACK RIDER