Scavenger Hunt – St. Croix
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 - AMERICAN GOLDFINCH
Common at feeders. Males are brilliant yellow while females are more dull.
Nice job finding a goldfinch! While fairly common, they are a treat anytime you see them.
#2. Bird - AMERICAN ROBIN
Larger than most songbirds. Males slightly darker in color than females. Pulls up earthworms from ground. Adapted to both wilderness and city living.
Nice job finding a Robin!
#3. Bird - BALD EAGLE
The head turns white by age 4-5. Male and female look alike. A conservation success story--nearing extinction by the 1970s, it rebounded after a ban on DDT pesticides.
Woohoo, you found a bald eagle!
#4. Birds - RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD
Male is all black with prominent red patch on wings. Female is all brown. Often seen perching on reeds as they sway in the wind along water edges.
#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 - 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!
#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 - BLACK-EYED SUSAN
Blooms: Jun-Oct | Found in sunny fields, along roads or lakeshores. Cheery yellow petals swirl around a black center.
Nice job! Aren’t they pretty
#10. 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
#11. Wildflower - COLUMBINE
Blooms May-Jul | Grows on cliffs and forest edges. A dainty flower with an interesting shape. Hummingbirds drink nectar from this flower.
Great! Look closely to see the fine details on this flower.
#12. Wildflower - JOE-PYE WEED
Blooms Jul-Sep | Grows in sunny spots along shores. Pink to purple flowers. An important nectar source for butterflies, bees and hummingbirds.
Super job finding the Joe-Pye Weed!
#13. 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!
#14. Tree - JACK PINE
Needles are pretty short, about 1-2" long and grow in clusters of two. They have serotinous cones, meaning the cone needs fire (or extreme heat) in order to release the seeds to grow new trees.
Nice job finding the Jack Pine!
#15. Tree - QUAKING ASPEN
Leaf is rounded with saw-tooth edge and flattened leafstalk that helps with tremble in breeze.
#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 - CANOEIST or KAYAKER
Someone canoeing or kayaking
Great! What a fun way to explore the park!