Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
From Mark Crawford
Lake Maria State Park will host a Junior Naturalist deer hike beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, at the park's nature center.
Hikers need not belong to the Junior Naturalist organization to participate, and adults also are invited to walk the trails in search of deer.
The hike is limited to 25 persons, so reservations should be made by calling the park at (763) 878-2325.
There will be a brief program at the nature center to discuss deer habitat and traits, and then a naturalist will lead the walk. Hikers should bring binoculars, wear sturdy boots and dress in layers, depending on the weather.
Refreshments will be served in the nature center. There is no cost for the program, but a $5 vehicle entry fee applies if you do not have an annual permit.
"Tracking deer can be an exciting experience," says Mark Crawford, park manager. "They may be large animals, but they blend into the woods at this time of the year, making them a challenge to spot."
Lake Maria State Park is located approximately seven miles northwest of Monticello, five miles north of Maple Lake or 10 miles northeast of Annandale on Wright County Highway 111. Call the park for directions and coming activities, or visit its web site at www.mnstateparks.info.