a celebration of Minnesota’s rich and diverse natural environment


The more civilized man becomes, the more he needs and craves a great background of forest wildness, to which he may return like a contrite prodigal from the husks of an artificial life.

Ellen Burns Sherman

the annual explosion of bluebells puts Carley State Park on the map

audio narrative: Afton on the Stay-at-Home-Order
Finally I saw that worrying came to nothing. And gave up. And took my old body and went out into…Read
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audio narrative: Walk in the Time of Coronavirus
But the beauty is in the walking – we are betrayed by destinations.  Gwyn Thomas For many of us, early…Read
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password: bluebell
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Flower Power at Nerstrand Big Woods or: how I learned to say “Cutleaf Toothwort” without giggling
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spring song
The volume’s turned up at William O’Brien as I take a half-day’s walk on muddy trails, ears open to the…Read
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wild river afternoon
solo snowshoe surprises
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