Scavenger Hunt – Grand Portage
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. Bird - DOWNY or HAIRY WOODPECKER
These two woodpeckers are nearly identical with the Downy a little smaller at ~6" and Hairy ~9". The female doesn't have the red mark on head.
Great job finding this one!
#3. Birds - NORTHERN PARULA WARBLER
Small bird that flits through upper levels of forest. Males have bolder colors than females.
Amazing! This is a unique bird to spot.
#4. Birds - RUFFED GROUSE
Chicken-like bird with long squared tail. Male and female look alike. Found in deep woods. In spring the males loudly drum their wings.
Wow! Good eye finding this secretive bird.
#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 - MOOSE
The largest member of the deer family, moose are about 6 feet tall and can weigh 1,000 pounds. Fun fact is that their hair is hollow, which traps air and helps with insulation.
Stupendous! Moose have rather poor eyesight, but acute senses of smell and hearing.
#7. Mammal - RED SQUIRREL
A cute little critter with a loud bark/chatter. The white ring around its eye only adds to the cuteness.
Fabulous! Was it making noises when you saw it?
#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 - BUNCHBERRY
Blooms May-July | This cheery little ground flower grows in the shade of moist woods and bogs.
Isn’t this a sweet one? Nice job!
#10. Wildflower - CANADA ANEMONE
Blooms May - July | Grows in moist fields and along shores. Has 1-3 long-stemmed flowers with white petals and large jagged leaves.
Wonderful job finding this anemone.
#11. 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.
#12. Wildflower - THIMBLEBERRY
Blooms Jun-Jul | Grows in wood edges and along streams. Clusters of 2-9 flowers with white petals. Its red fruit is edible, but mushy and bland.
Reward time! If you see any berries you can eat them in the parks–just don’t collect the flower part, that needs to stay.
#13. Tree - PAPER BIRCH
Leaf is oval to triangular shaped with jagged teeth. Bark is used in making some canoes and other crafts.
#14. Tree - QUAKING ASPEN
Leaf is rounded with saw-tooth edge and flattened leafstalk that helps with tremble in breeze.
#15. Tree - WHITE CEDAR
Grows in northern Minnesota, usually in moist, stony places. Leaves are flat and scale-like and have aromatic scent.
Wonderful! Can you smell it?
#16. Tree - WHITE SPRUCE
Needles are sharply pointed and short. The tree bark is dark gray or grayish brown and scaly. Found in moist soils and swamps.
Great job! Can you smell the needles? Some people think they have a bit of an odor.
#17. Humans - BIRDWATCHER
#18. Humans - DOG WALKING
Someone walking their dog
#19. Humans - PHOTOGRAPHER