GSM 2015 Sept Pilot Knob
Oct 22, 2015Public
Photo: We gather for an explanation of the Oheyawahi/Pilot Knob Preservation area and how it was created. The oak savannah habitat is currently being restored by the Pilot Knob Preservation Society, who were our hosts.
Photo: The area contains a mix of tall prairie and woodland.
Photo: We examine the tall prairie grasses.
Photo: This circle is a medicine wheel. Tthe colors represent different groups of people with different skin tones who need to work together.
Photo: The 4 quadrants also represent the 4 cardinal directions.
Photo: Downtown Minneapolis obscured by the tall prairie grasses.
Photo: Earlier in the summer, goats grazed portions of the area.
Photo: The steel posts held electric fencing that restricted the goats to the desired areas.
Photo: The Mendota Bridge from Pilot Knob
Photo: Joanie created a drawing showing how the various rivers in this area merge. The site is of geological significance as it overlooks the site where glacial River Warren waterfalls split, one branch migrating up the Mississippi to become St. Anthony Falls.
Photo: The completed drawing, with our location, Pilot Knob, in the lower center.
Photo: Explanations of the native American names for Pilot Knob
Photo: Seven blocks of limestone represent the seven Dakota/Nakota/Lakota groups whose members currently reside from Minnesota to Montana, Nebraska to Canada.
Photo: The two-ton blocks were quarried in the Minnesota River valley near Mankato.
Photo: You are invited to sit here.
Photo: The upper surface of a block
Photo: We walk down a slope, examining rocks and plants along the way.
Photo: A thistle in the park