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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
Length
6 days
Starts at
899
Minnesota

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.
Length
6 days
Starts at
899
Program No. 23883 RJ
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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.
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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.
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6 days
5 nights
13 meals
4 B 4 L 5 D
DAY
1
Arrival, Orientation & Tour of Grounds
Sandstone, MN
D
Osprey Wilds Environmental Learning Center

Activity note: Light walking of up to 1/2 mile

Dinner: Meals onsite will be served in our beautiful lakeside Dining Hall. Our kitchen focuses on scratch-made meals using natural and local ingredients.

Evening: We will go over week's activities and itinerary

DAY
2
Winter-based presentations, snowshoeing and skiing, raptors
Sandstone, MN
B,L,D
Osprey Wilds Environmental Learning Center

Activity note: We will explore Osprey Wilds' property via ski or snowshoe today at a pace and distance that is suitable for each participant

Breakfast: served in our Dining Hall

Morning: We will meet for a morning lecture that will cover the unique and fascinating characteristics of winter, including the structure and properties of water as it freezes, along with different snow and ice formations.

Lunch: Served in our Dining Hall

Afternoon: We will explore Osprey Wilds' property in small groups via snowshoe or ski and examine our lake and stream, as well as our woods and talk about plant adaptations to winter.

Dinner: Served in our dining hall

Evening: There will be a live raptors presentation with our educational birds

DAY
3
Wildlife Tracking, Exploring Banning State Park
Sandstone, MN
B,L,D
Osprey Wilds Environmental Learning Center

Activity note: We will be hiking today in Banning State Park up to 2 miles total in snow.

Breakfast: Served in our Dining Hall.

Morning: Presentation on the amazing animal adaptations to winter, as well as wildlife tracking concepts in prepartion for our outings the next three days.

Lunch: Served in our Dining Hall

Afternoon: We will travel to nearby Banning State Park to examine ice formations formed through various conditions, look at snow patterns, discover wildlife tracks and signs, see ancient glacier-carved potholes and see the beautiful wild and scenic Kettle River

Dinner: Served in our Dining Hall

Evening: Evening program on mammals, including our live porcupine and their winter adaptations

DAY
4
Travel to and bird in Sax Zim Bog
Hibbing, MN
B,L,D
Hibbing Park Hotel & Suites

Activity note: We will be birding via vehicle, as well as hiking on roads and nature trails, up to 2 miles

Breakfast: Served in our Dining Hall. We will also be packing bag lunches for the day.

Morning: We will pack up our gear and travel in company vans to Sax Zim Bog, about a 2 hour drive. There we will connect with local guides to explore the bog and view boreal bird species.

Lunch: We will eat our bag lunches in the Sax Zim Bog Welcome Center

Afternoon: We will continue exploring Sax Zim Bog and discovering bird species, then travel to nearby Hibbing and check into our hotel rooms.

Dinner: We will enjoy dinner at Grandma's in the Park Bar and Grill.

Evening: We will recap the day's activities, and compile our bird list to date.

DAY
5
Birding in Sax Zim Bog
Sandstone, MN
L,D
Osprey Wilds Environmental Learning Center

Activity note: We will be walking on county roads and nature trails, up to 3 miles

Morning: We will have breakfast at the onsite resaurant.

Lunch: Picnic-style lunch will be served at the Sax Zim Bog Welcome Center

Afternoon: We will wrap up our birding and depart Sax Zim Bog mid afternoon. On the way back, we will stop at Jay Cooke State Park and take in the gorgeous St. Louis River at the famous swinging bridge, and eventually return to Osprey Wilds.

Dinner: Served in our Dining Hall

Evening: We will recap the day's activities, update our bird list, and share closing comments from the week around the fire.

DAY
6
Depart
Sandstone, MN
B

Breakfast: Served in our Dining Hall

Morning: Before breakfast, we will have an optional hike to watch the sun rise. After breakfast, we will exchange goodbyes. This concludes our program. If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on another rewarding program in the future. Don’t forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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