Mystery Cave, MN: A Bats, Caves, & Bluffs EdVentureLittle Brown Bats

Join AZUL for this one-day adventure in southeast Minnesota full of unique opportunities. We’ll enjoy a day packed with the beauty of underground geology and the conservation tales of Minnesota’s important insect-eaters, in an itinerary specially designed for AZUL and the Minnesota Zoo.

Spend a day exploring Minnesota’s largest cave (with thirteen underground miles); enjoy activities and presentations from conservation experts, including Minnesota Zoo staff and Mystery Cave State Park rangers; meet other young professionals who share your interests; and seize the opportunity to look for and view Minnesota’s native bat species – perhaps one of your last good chances to do so, with white-nose syndrome now found in Minnesota bat populations. This program is open to anyone ages 21 and up who is interested in learning more about Minnesota conservation and these amazing animals. You do not need to be an AZUL member to attend.

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Age: Adults 21+ (you do not need to be an AZUL member to join this trip! All are welcome.)
Date: Sunday, May 7th, 2017
Cost: $95/person
CEUs: Available upon request

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Itinerary:
8:00 am: Meet at the Zoo
8:15 am: Meet and hear from the zookeepers who work daily with our tropical bat species
9:00 am: Depart for beautiful Mystery Cave State Park
11:15 am: Arrive at State Park – orientation and Visitor Center tour
11:45 am: Lunch
12:30 pm: Minnesota bats lecture, guided hike, and bat observation with Mystery Cave park rangers
3:00 pm: Break
3:15 pm: Guided Cavern Tours with park rangers and Zoo staff (plus possible additional activities in the park!)
5:00 pm: Break and free time
5:30 pm: Depart for dinner in nearby beautiful Lanesboro
9~10 pm: Arrive back at Minnesota Zoo

Trip fee includes transportation, park entrance, cave tours, instruction and guided hike, light breakfast treats, lunch, and snacks during the day. Your dinner in Lanesboro is not included.

If you would like more information, or to be placed on the interested list for any future trips, please e-mail Liz Dengate at liz.e.dengate@state.mn.us.