WinterFest Outdoor Family Fun at Eagle Bluff!
March 13, 2021 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Looking to spend time outdoors after feeling cooped up this winter (or year)? Are you looking to try something adventurous? Learn a new skill? All are great reasons to attend!
Activities will be outdoors and include things like:
- Fire starting techniques
- Ancient atlatl throwing
- Nature art
- and more!
Hot chocolate by a warm fire, instruction from our accredited staff, and quality equipment are all provided. Bring your own lunch for the day!
High Ropes Adventure Add-on
Experience our thrilling High Ropes course! Maneuver 30 feet in the air through a series of towers connected by various cables, ropes, and log events!
Sign up for a time slot via the add-on when you’re purchasing your general admission ticket and save 25% off the normal high ropes ticket price!
When should I arrive?
If you are not participating in High Ropes, you can arrive any time throughout the day! Please park in the main visitor’s parking lot that’s on your left as you arrive. Take the walking path towards the Dining Hall and Dorm to check-in.
If you’ve registered for a High Ropes experience, we ask that everyone arrives at least 15 minutes before their session start time at the check-in table.
Can I just show up and pay at the door? How does pricing work?
All activities will be open for walk-in, so show up whenever works for you!
However, if you are interested in participating in our High Ropes Course, we strongly advise pre-registering online to ensure you get a spot! There is a maximum number of participants allowed at each High Ropes session, so if all spots are already filled for the day, you show up you will not be able to go on the course.
WinterFest is only $15 per person, $5 of which goes to ensuring that our equipment and facilities are sanitized to minimize risk of COVID-19 transmission. If you’d like to also try our High Ropes experience, your ticket will be $45, which includes your WinterFest admission. This is a 25% discount on our normal rate!
Is there an age limit to enter the event?
WinterFest has no age limit! Activities will vary from nature crafts and skills to outdoor recreation to s’mores by the campfire. Activities are geared towards everyone 5+.
All participants under 18 must be accompanied by someone over 18 and must provide a medical form signed by a parent/guardian to participate. Please print and sign this release form and present at check-in.
For our High Ropes experience, children need to be at least 6 years old to do the course. Children under the age 11 will need to be accompanied ON THE COURSE by an adult from their party.
What should I wear?
Please dress appropriately for the weather conditions. We recommend a base layer, insulation layer, and hardshell wind/snow-proof layer. Snowpants, a warm hat, a scarf/neck gater, and waterproof gloves are highly recommended. Insulated, waterproof boots are strongly recommended. A mask is required and will need to be worn during specific close-contact activities.
See more information about winter layering on REI’s Website: https://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/layering-basics.html
What if there is bad weather?
WinterFest will happen rain, snow, or shine. Eagle Bluff cancels our High Ropes course if the temperature is below -20 degrees or winds are greater than 20 mph winds, so please dress for the weather. The event will only be called off if the instructors deem the weather unsafe and in that instance you will be provided a refund.
Is food provided?
No food is provided.We recommend bringing your own lunch, planning your trip around lunch, or supporting the amazing local restaurants in nearby Lanesboro.
How long will the High Ropes course take?
The time for the event can take anywhere from 1-3 hours. Included in the time for the high ropes course event: walking to the course, going through equipment and safety protocols, watching an instructor demonstrate the course and then each individual enters the course. Your exact amount of time is usually determined by when you ascend the course in relation to the other participants. The course itself takes anywhere from 10-40 minutes for each individual. Once you (and any individuals you came with) are finished with the course, you are free to leave.
Take a tour of our brand new course (and see what the experience is like) at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2S-rQ2m9LfE
What else can I do at Eagle Bluff?
There are lots of trails to hike at Eagle Bluff. Maps are available at the Visitor’s Center to guide you on your exploration of deciduous woods, rolling prairies, coniferous woods, or the Root River. Besides hiking, we have a few very unique overlooks at the bluff. You can also borrow binoculars from the front desk for birding and try our geocaching course. There are picnic tables around campus for public use.
Snowshoes and cross-country skis are periodically available for rental on non-WinterFest days, depending on staffing and snow conditions. Contact Erinn Kronebusch, Outdoor School Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org for rental reservations.
Regarding our COVID-19 procedures:
- We want all participants to bring and be prepared to wear a mask for select, close-quarters activities (e.g. checking harnesses for ropes course) or needing to seek unplanned indoor refuge for weather related reasons. Masks are recommended to be worn by the MN Department of Health and the CDC when it’s hard to maintain social distancing (especially indoors). Even though the activities we are hosting will allow for adequate social distancing, manageable by all ages, we require our participants to be prepared to wear a mask when asked.
- Participants will be given their own equipment to use for the duration of each activity and will not be sharing with participants outside of their immediate household. It will be adequately cleaned and sanitized in between use following protocols listed by the MN Department of Health, manufacturer, and the American Camp Association.
- Participants will be required to complete a Med-Release and COVID-19 Release form, found in the confirmation email. We’ll have them on hand for completion day-of, but if a minor is attending without their legal guardian, the forms need to be completed ahead of time.
- Anyone participating in an Eagle Bluff program will be screened before they are able to engage in the activity. All participants must answer the questions on the MN Department of Health Visitor and Employee Screening Checklist. If participants do not meet our screening requirements, they will not be allowed to participate in activities that day.