Most of our Dining Hall guests participate in separating trash from compostable food scraps. We drop the grape stems, apple cores, and orange and banana peels into a bucket, and maybe even help mash it up, but never see this food goop again. This … [Read more...] about The Why and How of Composting
Bloggin’ from the Bluff
We welcome our new interim executive director, John Torgrimson. As a staff, we naturalists will periodically interview each other with many questions, including sillier questions. It is only fitting to continue our tradition with … [Read more...] about An Interview with John Torgrimson
As part of our strategy to continually improve our programming, we consistently evaluate ourselves and review guest feedback of what we’re doing. During the past school year, we’ve interviewed a lead staff member from each visiting school during their … [Read more...] about What is the Impact of our School Programming?
Our staff has been noticing changes in the habitat at the Bluff. While some of these changes are local, others are more widespread. Check out our observations, and comment if some of these are happening near you as well! Less: Song … [Read more...] about What in this World is Changing?
How does a person find a morel mushroom? There are so many answers. Some say on slopes, some say near dead trees. There is no sure way to find them. But, as naturalist Robert Schmidt says, you can’t find them unless you go look in the woods. And so, … [Read more...] about Seasonal Wild Edibles
Spring. The word brings to mind green leaves, light breezes, the sunshine warming my skin. In Minnesota, spring means warmth, but not just from the sun. It is burn season. At Eagle Bluff we’ve completed our controlled burns for the year. While many of … [Read more...] about Insider View: Prairie Burn
There are etchings in the dirt, parting our trails, lining hills, showing us which direction is lower ground. The final snow (blizzard) came and melted, and for three days there were streams throughout the woods. The average trail had a puddle to jump. By … [Read more...] about Scattered Spring Thoughts
We’d spent an hour together so far, and for the first time all day, every single fourth grader was engaged. They’re wide-eyed and squirming on their benches. All 20 of us were pointing. It’s mid-April, there’s an inch of snow on the ground, and we’re on … [Read more...] about Spring Birds in Snow