23100
Minnesota

Rafting & Raptors: Northwoods Minnesota With Your Grandchild

Experience the great outdoors in Minnesota’s Northwoods. Try a variety of different sports while learning about the wildlife that also plays in this dense, green forest.
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Program No. 23100RJ
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6 days
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6 days
5 nights
14 meals
5 B 4 L 5 D
DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Welcome Dinner, Orientation
Sandstone, MN
D
Osprey Wilds Environmental Learning Center

Activity note: Center check-in from 3:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Program Registration. After you have your room assignment, come to the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing an up-to-date schedule that reflects any changes, other important information, and to confirm when and where the Orientation session will take place. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in. After arriving and checking into our rooms at Crosby Dormitory, we will have a walk of the property. We’ll view buildings and grounds and become acquainted with the facilities, while learning about the history of the Center.

Dinner: Blandin dining hall

Evening: Orientation. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We'll enjoy a campfire and get to know the group a bit better.

DAY
2
Canoeing, Indoor Rock Climbing, Archery, Live Raptors
Sandstone, MN
B,L,D
Osprey Wilds Environmental Learning Center

Activity note: This will be an active day of paddling on a lake, rock climbing on our indoor wall, and using a bow and arrow. Opportunity for swimming before supper.

Breakfast: Blandin dining hall.

Morning: This morning, we will learn canoeing skills and techniques on beautiful Grindstone Lake. We will cover bow and stern strokes, how to stay stable, communicate, and effectively move.

Lunch: Blandin dining hall.

Afternoon: This afternoon will be busy, first with learning archery skills at our archery range. We’ll practice using a compound bow at our targets in a safe environment. Afterward, we will be rock climbing at our indoor wall in the loft of our barn. Our 33-foot high walls offer a number of options from relatively easy to challenging. This will be a good warm-up for our outdoor rock climbing day later in the week. After rock climbing, we’ll cool off before dinner—try the swimming beach at Grindstone Lake.

Dinner: Blandin dining hall.

Evening: Tonight's presentation in the barn loft will be about birds of prey, learning from the Center’s “Wild Staff” of non-releasable resident raptors, which include falcons, hawks, owls, and a bald eagle. During this exciting lecture, we’ll learn all about what makes these “hunters of the sky” successful, their amazing features and adaptations.

DAY
3
Audubon's Wild Adventure, Banning State Park
Sandstone, MN
B,L,D
Osprey Wilds Environmental Learning Center

Activity note: Hiking up to 3 miles, optional swim in the spring-fed pool.

Breakfast: Blandin dining hall.

Morning: This morning we will learn about the essence of survival and orienteering in our Wild Adventure program. We'll navigate our way through the woods of Osprey Wilds and try our hand at building shelters and fire with no matches.

Lunch: Blandin dining hall.

Afternoon: In the afternoon, we will hike around picturesque Banning State Park, and possibly take a dip in a spring-fed pool near the Wild and Scenic Kettle River.

Dinner: Blandin dining hall.

Evening: We will have an evening program that explores the history and tragedy of the Hinckley Fire; a fire that burned more than 250,000 acres in four hours. Some trees at our Center survived this devastating fire in 1894.

DAY
4
High Ropes Course, Outdoor Rock Climbing, Swimming
Sandstone, MN
B,L,D
Osprey Wilds Environmental Learning Center

Activity note: Rock climbing on the 100-foot cliffs of the Sandstone Rock Quarry.

Breakfast: Blandin dining hall.

Morning: This morning, we'll conquer the high ropes course. There will be climbing, and traversing and ziplining....oh my!

Lunch: Blandin dining hall.

Afternoon: This afternoon, we will head to Robinson Park, the Old Sandstone Rock Quarry that now is a favorite spot for climbers. The center will provide the gear and instruction to try many different routes in this scenic and fun setting.

Dinner: Blandin dining hall.

Evening: Tonight, at the wildlife barn, we’ll get the chance to meet a live porcupine, snakes and frogs as we learn about their amazing animal adaptations.

DAY
5
Jay Cooke State Park, whitewater rafting
Sandstone, MN
B,L,D
Osprey Wilds Environmental Learning Center

Activity note: Hiking, whitewater rafting

Breakfast: Blandin dining hall.

Morning: We will drive to Jay Cooke State Park near Duluth, MN. We will spend some time hiking and exploring the park and the amazing St. Louis River gorge that cuts through the land as the river makes its way to Lake Superior

Lunch: Bag lunch in Jay Cooke.

Afternoon: This afternoon, we will embark on a whitewater adventure down the St. Louis River. After the opportunity to dry off and change clothing, we will then make our way back to Osprey Wilds.

Dinner: Blandin dining hall.

Evening: We will have a group campfire with s'mores and stories and reflections on the week together. A great way to spend the last evening!

DAY
6
Program Concludes
Sandstone, MN
B

Activity note: Check-out by 9:00 a.m.

Breakfast: Blandin dining hall. This concludes our program.

Morning: We hope you enjoyed Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/ospreywilds and www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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