Scavenger Hunt – Kilen Woods
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. Birds - KILLDEER
These birds fly close to the ground and make shrill, wailing call that sounds like "kill-jer". Commonly found on dry, gravel fields. They sometimes pretend to have a broken wing to lure invaders away from its nest.
#4. Birds - WOOD DUCK
MN's most colorful duck. Males have red eye and green crest. Females mostly brown with smaller crest and white ring around eyes. Found in quiet backwaters or ponds.
What a treat to see this 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 - COTTONTAIL
One of the most common small mammals in MN. Often seen running along trails within thick brush. They live within about the same 5 acres all year long.
Fabulous job spotting the cottontail. Did you notice its white tail?
#7. 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.
#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 - 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.
#12. Wildflower - GRAY-HEADED CONEFLOWER
Blooms Jun-Aug | Grows in sunny fields. Droopy yellow petals surround a brownish center.
#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 - BUR OAK
Leaf has 7-9 rounded lobes that can be notched deeply or shallow. The leaf tip is large and wavy. Produces acorns that feed many wildlife.
Fantastic job finding the bur oak!
#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 - BIRDWATCHER
#19. Humans - PHOTOGRAPHER