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challenging off-trail excursion | Animal-tracking group

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  • Fort Snelling State Park

    101 Snelling Lake Rd, West St Paul, MN (map)

    44.873253 -93.158951

  • Specialized, challenging excursion. Found online and thought I'd post this, FYI. This will be much more challenging regarding terrain and conditions, and with more looking and stopping and probably less chatting and more focused scientific conversation. Rain or shine, so you'd better wear GoreTex or the equivalent and bring a plastic bag to put your phone in if it starts raining/snowing. If you're a woodsy person ready for off-trail, uneven-surface hiking, you might be interested to layer up, pull on your serious thick water-resistant boots, bring some water and a snack, and attend the next Wildlife Tracking Excursion at Ft. Snelling State Park. 

    Look for animal tracks in the snow, signs of predation, deer rubs, evidence of beaver forestry, and scat.

    The group will gather at the visitor center, and you will need a Minnesota State Parks parking permit to park there.*

    Additional details, from the Minnesota Wildlife Tracking Project website:

    This is an all-weather event and there will be time spent off-trail. Please bring appropriate footwear and dress for several hours outdoors in whatever weather we may have that day. [You may wish to bring and leave concealed in your car a change of jacket and/or footwear if you will not be going directly home afterward.]

    "We will gather at 9:00 in the fireplace room in the Visitor Center. We will head out on the trail about 9:20 and return to the visitor center about noon for a brief mapping exercise and wrap-up session. If you need to reach the group the day of the outing, please call Jon's cell phone at[masked]-4700."

    Note that you need a State Park pass to drive to and park at the Visitor Center, but 

    *you can park for free at the nearby Historic Fort Snelling visitor center. It is about a half-mile walk past the historic fort and down the hill to get to the State Park visitor center. The Historic Fort parking is located at 200 Tower Ave, St Paul, MN 55111

    RSVPs are strongly encouraged, to be made directly to the Wildlife Tracking leader one of the following ways:

    E-mail Jonathan <


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