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Blue Mounds State Park offers activities

LUVERNE — Blue Mounds State Park at Luverne has planned several activities this month for people to learn about and experience the Blue Mounds.

This Saturday, the park naturalist will lead a 1-mile hike at 1 p.m. to look for signs of spring. The hike will require stepping down and walking downhill. Trails may be wet or slippery. Attendees should meet at the picnic grounds parking lot.

On April 17, Slither Critters will be presented at 11 a.m. Meet at the picnic shelter to learn about why snakes are so important, where to find them in the park, what kind of snakes you might find and see the park’s Animal Ambassador snake. This program is open to all ages and comfort levels.

“Build a Bison: Hooves to Horns” will begin at 1 p.m. April 19 at the park’s picnic shelter. This program is tailored for children of all ages, who will help the park naturalist “build” a bison by dressing up an audience member. Learn the anatomy of a bison and what makes this animal perfect for the prairie.

An historic quarry hike is planned at 11 a.m. April 20. Attendees should meet in the climbers parking lot, the second parking lot on Rock County 8. This less than one mile, all ages and slow-paced guided hike will explore the Historic Quarry trail on the south end of the park. The trail is partially paved but some areas are rocky and require stepping down.

On April 26, people are invited to join the park naturalist for an Arbor Day Tree ID Hike at 4 p.m. Attendees will walk through the park and learn more about the trees there by studying leaf shape and bark; they will also make your own identification book. This hike will require stepping down, walking both up and downhill, and walking along a trail that may be wet or muddy.