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NEWS RELEASE                 

 

For more information contact

Lisa Filter, external relations director

612-221-2239

lfilter@parksandtrails.org

 

May 19, 2022

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

                                  

Nature scavenger hunts offer fun way to experience Minnesota State Parks

 

(St. Paul, MN)  Visitors to Lake Shetek State Park and Split Rock Creek State Park can add some extra fun to their experience this summer with an educational scavenger hunt launched by Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota. 

 

This scavenger hunt is part of a statewide challenge happening at 69 Minnesota State Park locations and five local parks. Each scavenger hunt is tailored to a specific park and highlights 19 different types of birds, mammals, wildflowers, trees and recreational activity that can be found in that location. 

 

The hunts combines online technology with in-person experiences. Participants access the hunts online in the form of an interactive checklist that features a photo of each item along with a brief description or fun fact about that plant or animal. Some items are very common and will be seen by most people who visit the park, such as a black-capped chickadee, while others are more elusive, such as a sundew plant or a ruby-throated hummingbird.

 

"Even if a participant isn't able to check off a specific item, we hope the experience of looking for that plant or animal opens their imaginations to the diversity of plant and animal life that exist in the parks," said Lisa Filter, Parks & Trails Council's external relations director. 

 

Participants can submit their hunt into a weekly drawing for a $20 gift card to Minnesota State Parks. Points are awarded for each item that is found as well as for completing the hunt with children. These points translate into entries in the weekly drawing. 

 

An additional prize drawing has been sponsored by the Friends of the Casey Jones Trail Association that will be awarded at the end of the season from all entries to Lake Shetek State Park and Split Rock Creek State Park. The additional prize for each State Park is a $25.00 DNR store gift card.

 

“The Friends of the Casey Jones State Trail supports the Parks & Trails Council’s nature scavenger hunt not only because it provides a wealth of opportunities for active fun but gives parents the opportunity to teach their kids a few things about the great outdoors.”

 

Parks & Trails Council piloted the scavenger hunt idea two summers ago, as virtually all park programs were canceled due to Covid-19. The hunts were a self-guided, socially distanced option to fill that gap. But even as the pandemic restrictions have lifted, these hunts have continued to evolve as a fun outdoors activity that many people enjoy doing.

 

The hunts are designed for all ages, but with a special attention to parents of young children. "Kids love a challenge and the colorful photos that we included make it even more engaging for them," says Filter. 

 

Visit Parks & Trails Council's website at parksandtrails.org to access the hunt or look for a flyer in the park for more details the next time you visit.

 

 

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About Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota

Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota is a member-supported nonprofit that acquires, protects and enhances critical land for the public’s use and benefit. This mission is accomplished through land acquisition, advocacy at the state capitol, and by working with local friends groups. Established in 1954, P&TC has helped to acquire over 9,000 thousand acres that have become part of Minnesota’s treasured landscape of parks and trails.

 

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