In the pre-dawn light of a Sunday morning in early November, our intrepid crew set off from Eagan bound for a day of adventure and native prairie planting at Kerfoot Canopy Tours in Henderson, Minnesota. Our own lead gardener Jason works as a guide for Kerfoot, where 14 of the longest, fastest, and highest lines in the state are laid out across breathtaking views of the Minnesota River valley.
During our visit, we mowed, seeded, and mulched a native prairie planting under one of the longest lines on the course. In a few seasons, the seeds we planted will have sprouted and reseeded throughout the prairie, creating a colorful wave of native flowers that do double duty as natural beautification and habitat for countless local fauna.
After lunch, we traded our rakes and knee pads for helmets and harnesses and embarked on over a mile of ziplining through the trees. Our guides ensured we were safely hooked in before we set off on one amazing ride after another. The weather couldn’t have been better with comfortable temps and clear skies to further highlight the beautiful scenery. A suspension bridge helped us get from one tower to another, while other platforms were only accessible by enormous spiral staircases that stretched upwards through the canopy.
A visit to a local brewery where we enjoyed brews and a food truck rounded out a day of work and play.
What a great way to close out a season like no other!