Scavenger Hunt – Maplewood
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 - CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER
Small songbird with yellow cap and strip of reddish-brown on side. Female colors a little paler than males. Flit and hop through shrubs.
Amazing–how lucky you are to have spotted this bird!
#3. Bird - COMMON LOON
Water birds that are agile swimmers and divers. Typically stay close to shore and have an eerily beautiful call.
We all LOVE loons, don’t we? Hopefully you also got to hear it making its call.
#4. 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!
#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 - CHIPMUNK
They are very active and inquisitive and find home in hollow logs, tree cavities, or underground dens where they store piles of food.
Oh, lucky! These are fun to spot.
#7. 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?
#8. 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!
#9. Wildflower - COMMON MILKWEED
Blooms Jun-Aug | Grows along shores and wood edges. Pink or white flowers. Monarch butterflies rely on milkweek to lay their tiny eggs, then the caterpillar eat the leaves.
Wonderful! Now, look closely for the green and yellow caterpillars of the monarch.
#10. Wildflower - GIANT SUNFLOWER
Blooms Jul-Sep | Grows in sunny wet woods and marshes. Truly a giant flower that can reach 10 feet tall. MN has 9 types of native sunflowers.
Wonderful job finding this sunflower!
#11. Wildflower - PURPLE CONEFLOWER
Blooms Jun-Oct | Grows in sunny fields. A tall flower with 15-20 pinkish-purple petals swirling around a reddish-brown center.
Spectacular job finding this pretty flower!
#12. Wildflower - YELLOW LADYSLIPPER
Blooms May-Jul | Grows in moist woods, bogs and swamps. Plant is 8-30 inches tall. Grows across the U.S.
#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 - RED CEDAR
Needle is scale-like and green with sharp point. Has blueish berries that are actually cones, which are used to flavor gin.
#15. Tree - SUGAR MAPLE
Maple syrup is made from this tree by collecting sap in the spring. Leaf has 3 pointed lobes with 2 smaller points near the stem (symbol on Canada flag).
Wonderful, you found a sugar maple!
#16. Tree - WHITE OAK
White Oaks are mighty trees whose acorns feed many wildlife. Leaf has 5-9 finger-like lobes that can be notched deeply or shallow.
Fabulous! Do you see any acorns?
#17. Humans - CANOEIST or KAYAKER
Someone canoeing or kayaking
Great! What a fun way to explore the park!
#18. Humans - HORSEBACK RIDER