Scavenger Hunt – Rice Lake
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 - DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT
Large black bird with snake-like neck. Male and female look alike. Roost in large groups in trees near water and make sounds like an oinking pig.
Fun find! Hopefully you also got to hear it making it’s loud calls.
#3. Bird - GREAT BLUE HERON
Looking like a cousin to the prehistoric Pterodactyl, this common bird wades along shorelines. Males and females look alike.
Woohoo–you found it, nice job!
#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 - 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 - GOLDENROD
Blooms Jul-Sep l Grows in the sunny areas. Plant grows 1-6 feet tall. MN has 17 types of goldenrod that look similar with small yellow flowers.
Yes! This is a very common flower that’s important for pollinators.
#11. Wildflower - GRAY-HEADED CONEFLOWER
Blooms Jun-Aug | Grows in sunny fields. Droopy yellow petals surround a brownish center.
#12. Wildflower - NEW ENGLAND ASTER
Blooms Aug-Oct | Grows in fields and wood edges. They are important late-blooming food source for bees and butterflies.
How great! Do you see bees enjoying the nectar?
#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
#18. Humans - CANOEIST or KAYAKER
Someone canoeing or kayaking
Great! What a fun way to explore the park!
#19. Humans - PHOTOGRAPHER