Minnesota in Winter: Snowy Hikes & Boreal Birding in Sax Zim Bog

Experience the quiet beauty of Minnesota in winter as you learn about how the landscapes and wildlife adapt to the colder temperatures, and search for rare birds in Sax Zim Bog.
Program No. 23883RJ
6 days
Starts at

At a Glance

Cure that winter blues with birding and blissful nature walks in the glittering landscapes of Minnesota. Study how the cold weather impacts local plant and animal life as you learn how to track mammals through a blanket of fresh snow. Discover sparkling lakes by cross-country ski and snowshoe to experience the region in a way people seldom do. Explore some of the 300 miles of Sax Zim Bog with the experts who know the best birding spots to search for species that rarely found in the lower 48 be found in the lower United States. World-renowned for its winter birds, you’ll explore remote parts of Sax Zim Bog for a truly one of a kind experience in this winter wonderland.
Activity Level
Outdoor: Spirited
Ski or snowshoe at your pace. Hiking/walking up to 3 miles in the snow.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Enjoy two full days in Sax Zim Bog for a unique winter birding experience searching for northern winter birds including Great Gray & Snowy Owls, Northern Goshawks, Ravens, Hoary & Common Redpolls, Evening & Pine Grosbeaks, Crossbills and more!
  • Hike in Banning State Park to discover unique ice formations, interesting snow patterns, glacier-carved potholes and search for animal tracks.
  • Snowshoe or cross-country ski through the woods and to a lake while learning about how plants and animals adapt to the winter weather with an expert.
Featured Expert
All Experts
Profile Image
Bryan Wood
Bryan Wood has been the executive director of the Osprey Wilds Environmental Learning Center since 2009. Bryan is also an adjunct professor at Hamline University in their natural sciences and environmental education master's program. Bryan has been working with Road Scholar since 2007.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

Profile Image
Bryan Wood
View biography
<%= Bio %>
Profile Image
Clinton Dexter-Nienhaus
View biography
<%= Bio %>

Click here to provide website feedback
Website Feedback