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

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 - BELTED KINGFISHER

Wonderful! These birds are so fun to see.

#2. Bird - BLUE JAY

Woohoo! You found a blue jay!

#3. Bird - DOWNY or HAIRY WOODPECKER

Great job finding this one!

#4. Birds - WOOD DUCK

What a treat to see this bird!

#5. Mammal - BEAVER

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

#6. Mammal - GRAY SQUIRREL

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

#7. Mammal - RED FOX

Amazing that you found such an elusive creature!

#8. Mammal - WHITETAIL DEER

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

#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.

#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?

#17. Humans - BICYCLIST

Pedal on!

#18. Humans - BIRDWATCHER

Wonder what they see?

#19. Humans - HIKER

Great, you saw a hiker!

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