Scavenger Hunt – Minnesota Valley

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

The prize drawing is completed for 2021.

But, please feel free to enjoy the hunt.

BIRDS – Minnesota parks offer excellent birding opportunities.

#1. Bird - BLUE JAY

Woohoo! You found a blue jay!

#2. Bird - BELTED KINGFISHER

Wonderful! These birds are so fun to see.

#3. Bird - DOWNY or HAIRY WOODPECKER

Great job finding this one!

#4. Birds - WOOD DUCK

What a treat to see this bird!

MAMMALS – Many mammals are hiding out there–can you find them?

#5. Mammal - GRAY SQUIRREL

Nice job! Did you know squirrels sometimes pretend to bury a nut to throw off potential thieves.

#6. Mammal - WHITETAIL DEER

Nice job! Isn’t it amazing how quiet they can be.

#7. Mammal - BEAVER (or signs of)

Woohoo, you found a creature that plays an important role in Minnesota’s wetland ecosystem.

#8. Mammal - RED FOX

Amazing that you found such an elusive creature!

WILDFLOWERS — nature’s artwork, these flowers are important part of the ecosystem.

#9. Wildflower - BLUE FLAG IRIS

Yah! Nice job

#10. Wildflower - COLUMBINE

Great! Look closely to see the fine details on this flower.

#11. Wildflower - COMMON MILKWEED

Wonderful! Now, look closely for the green and yellow caterpillars of the monarch.

#12. Wildflower - GOLDENROD

Yes! This is a very common flower that’s important for pollinators.

TREES – The lungs of our world

#13. Tree - BASSWOOD

Wonderful job finding this basswood!

#14. Tree - GREEN ASH

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!

#15. Tree - SUGAR MAPLE

Wonderful, you found a sugar maple!

#16. Tree - WHITE OAK

Fabulous! Do you see any acorns?

HUMANS – Yes, we are mammals, but we do very unique activities, don’t we?

#17. Humans - BICYCLIST

Pedal on!

#18. Humans - BIRDWATCHER

Wonder what they see?

#19. Humans - HIKER

Great, you saw a hiker!

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Results

Thank you for participating in Parks & Trails Council’s 2021 Scavenger Hunt! We will announce the winner of the weekly drawing on our website. If you are the winner, we will notify you by email and send the gift card to the address listed in the form.

Best of luck!

We hope you’ll stay connected with us on Facebook and Instagram

Thank you for participating in Parks & Trails Council’s 2021 Scavenger Hunt! We will announce the winner of the weekly drawing on our website. If you are the winner, we will notify you by email and send the gift card to the address listed in the form.

Best of luck!

We hope you’ll stay connected with us on Facebook and Instagram