State park offers spring activities

Blue Mounds State Park is offering several events for the public to enjoy at the park this spring. For special accommodations or questions, call the park at 507-283-6051.

Build a Bison: Hooves to Horns from 1–2 p.m. Friday, April 19. Help a naturalist "build" a bison by transforming an audience member through dress-up. This program is for youth of all ages to learn the anatomy of a bison and what makes this unique animal perfect for the prairie. Meet at the picnic shelter (cart-in campsite).

Historic Quarry Hike is from 11 to noon Saturday, April 20. Learn the history behind man’s relationship with the rock of Blue Mounds on this less than one-mile hike. A slow-paced guided hike will explore the historic quarry trail on the south end of the park. Trail is partially paved but some areas are rocky and require stepping down. Meet at the climbers parking lot along County Road 8.

Arbor Day Tree I.D. Hike is from 4 to 5 p.m. Friday, April 26. Join our park naturalist for a tree ID hike through the park to learn more about the trees of Blue Mounds State Park. Study leaf shape, bark, and make your very own identification book. This hike will require stepping down, walking both up and downhill, and walking along a trail that may be wet or muddy. Meet at the visitors center parking lot.

•Calves: Prairie Babies Hike is from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 28. Join our naturalist on a search for the newest members of our bison herd — the 2019 calves. If the bison are located on the other side of the park, we will caravan to that side. Calves and the bison herd may or may not be visible during this hike. Trail may be as short as a half mile or as long as three miles, depending on the herd’s location. Trail may be flooded so dress for muddy and/or wet conditions. Trail may involve stepping up and down, walking up and down inclines, and on uneven terrain. Meet at the picnic grounds parking lot.

 

 

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