Scavenger Hunt – Fort Snelling
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 - AMERICAN ROBIN
Larger than most songbirds. Males slightly darker in color than females. Pulls up earthworms from ground. Adapted to both wilderness and city living.
Nice job finding a Robin!
#2. Bird - BALD EAGLE
The head turns white by age 4-5. Male and female look alike. A conservation success story--nearing extinction by the 1970s, it rebounded after a ban on DDT pesticides.
Woohoo, you found a bald eagle!
#3. Birds - GREAT EGRET
Tall graceful bird that walks slowly in shallow water looking for small fish to spear. Once hunted to near extinction for their feathers, now fairly common. Males and females look alike.
Wonderful that you found the egret!
#4. Birds - WILD TURKEY
Males fan their tails to attract females and scare off others. Sleep in trees at night and are actually strong fliers.
Nice job! Can you believe they were almost extinct!
#5. 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.
#6. Mammal - MUSKRAT
Not actually a rat, this creature is a close cousin to beavers, except muskrats' tails are a bit rat-like. Found throughout MN in ponds, marshes and streams.
Great job! Muskrats often carry aquatic vegetation as it swims.
#7. Mammal - RIVER OTTER
A semi-aquatic animal that loves to play by bellyflopping in the water and sliding down hills near water.
How great to spot an otter! Did you know that after an absence of more than a century, their range is again extending into southern Minnesota.
#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 - 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!
#10. 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?
#11. Wildflower - NEW ENGLAND ASTER
Blooms Aug-Oct | Grows in fields and wood edges. They are important late-blooming food source for bees and butterflies.
How great! Do you see bees enjoying the nectar?
#12. Wildflower - WILD BERGAMOT
Blooms Jun-Aug | Grows in sunny fields, this flower has shaggy pink petals and is great for birds and butterflies.
Incredible job finding the bergamot, which also is called beebalm.
#13. Tree - BLACK WILLOW
Leaf is 3-6" long and shiny green on both sides. Often has conspicuous leaf-like appendages (stipulates) at base.
Wonderful job finding the Black Willow!
#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 - 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!
#17. Humans - ANGLER
Does it look like their catching anything?
#19. Humans - PHOTOGRAPHER