Scavenger Hunt – Interstate
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 - BLUE JAY
Unmistakable bold blue and white feathers with crest on its head. Male and female look alike. Often heard making loud shrieks.
Woohoo! You found a blue jay!
#2. 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!
#3. Bird - COMMON YELLOWTHROAT
The male looks like the masked bandit of the bird world with its black mask on yellow body. Female doesn't have a mask. Cheerful song of "witchity-witchity-witchity-witchity"
#4. 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!
#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 - 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!
#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 - 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.
#10. Wildflower - FIREWEED
Blooms Jun - Aug | Grows in wood edges and along watershores. A spike of pink flowers. Famous for being one of the first flowers to appear after a wildfire.
Yippee, nice job finding the fireweed!
#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 - 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?
#13. Tree - QUAKING ASPEN
Leaf is rounded with saw-tooth edge and flattened leafstalk that helps with tremble in breeze.
#14. 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!
#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 PINE
Needles are 3-5" and bound into clusters of five needles that are wispy. (memory device: 5 needles for the 5 letters in WHITE). A favorite for bald eagles to nest.
Great! Did you count the needles in the bundle?
#17. Humans - CANOEIST or KAYAKER
Someone canoeing or kayaking
Great! What a fun way to explore the park!
#18. Humans - DOG WALKING
Someone walking their dog
#19. Humans - PHOTOGRAPHER