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Field Trips and Events

2022 Spring, Summer, and Fall Field Trips

We are excited for yet another field trip season in the Sax-Zim Bog! This spring, summer, and fall our field trips will have increased registrations and will no longer require masks. Please feel free to mask to your comfort level on each field trip you attend. Carpooling may also resume, up to the comfort level of participants.

*** Meeting location for each field trip subject to change with Welcome Center Construction this summer! Please check your email prior to the start of each field trip with updates. ***

Field Trip attendance is free for members (those who have donated $25 or more within the past year). If you are interested in membership, the $25 fee covers membership and free entry to any field trip or program in a 12 month period! You must register below for each field trip you wish to attend.

Moving ahead, we will be working to address accessibility challenges and barriers on our field trips. To give everyone better expectations of what to expect on each field trip, we will be including relative activity levels for each field trip this season. The approximate ratings are as follows:

Field Trip Activity Level Ratings

1- Easy (travel over even terrain on roadways/boardwalks or limited hiking up to ½ mile total)

2- Moderate (travel over even or uneven terrain, dry to wet conditions, or hiking over ½ mile total)

3- Average (travel over even or uneven terrain, hiking off trail possible, or hiking up to 1 mile total)

4- Difficult (travel primarily over uneven terrain, wet conditions, or hiking over 1 mile total)

5-Strenuous (mostly off trail with travel primarily over uneven and wet terrain or hiking up to 2 miles)

If you have any questions about any of the field trips listed, field trip registration process, questions about the accessibility of a field trip, or feedback on our activity rating scale, please contact Head Naturalist Clinton Dexter-Nienhaus via email at naturalist@saxzim.org.

Saturday, September 17

Stone Lake by Canoe and Kayak Field Trip

9:00 am- ??? Meeting at the Stone Lake Boat Launch

Activity Rating: 4-5

There are plenty of opportunities to navigate the terrestrial biodiversity of the Sax-Zim Bog, but it is not often that folks choose to explore the waterways in and around the Sax-Zim Bog during a visit to the region. In the past, we have had a canoe trip on the Whiteface River so why not explore a lake? This trip will be a relaxed paddle around Stone Lake! Please bring your own canoe/kayak, paddles, and life jackets. Other details to come closer to the date.


Saturday, October 15

Fall Colors in the Sax-Zim Bog Field Trip

9:00 am- 1:00 pm Meeting at the Welcome Center

Activity Rating: 1-2

Mid-October seems to be prime time to experience when we hit peak tamarack colors in the Sax-Zim Bog! This field trip will highlight the biology behind the change of color we see by trees in Minnesota as the seasons change. Depending on the timing of color change, the exact date of this field trip may be pushed back one week and all registrants will be apprised of any changes to the field trip date! 

Register for this field trip here: Fall Colors in the Sax-Zim Bog

Directions to the Friends of Sax-Zim Bog Welcome Center

ADDRESS: The address is Sax-Zim Bog Welcome Center 8793 Owl Avenue, Toivola, MN 55765

[NOTE: THIS IS NOT A MAILING ADDRESS…but put this address into Google Maps or Apple Maps.]

Directions from Cotton, MN on US HWY 53:

*Go West from Cotton on CR52/Arkola for 11 miles

*Turn South (left) on Owl Avenue

*Go 1.75 miles (second curve) to Welcome Center

Directions from Meadowlands, on CR133…

*Go East on CR133 to CR229/29

*Turn North (left) on CR229/29

*Go North to T at Correction Line Rd

*Turn West (left) on Correction Line Rd

*Road curves North and becomes Owl Ave

*Go North on Owl Avenue for 2.5 miles to Welcome Center