Lilleskogen Park

Every fall, monarch butterflies migrate from the U.S. to Mexico, returning in the spring. Master naturalist Janie O’Connor hopes the next return trip includes a visit to Scandia. O’Connor has been leading the push to create a butterfly garden in Scandia’s Lilleskogen Park. “We are to the point where we have outlined locations for the […]

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  Janie O’Connor has been raising monarch butterflies since she was a member of the Birch Lake 4-H Club in White Bear Lake. The passion that began as a 4-H “adventure in insects” in the 1950s still has her putting bugs in jars and pounding holes in the lids. Scandia’s butterfly lady will be answering […]

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Learn about butterflies, support Lilleskogen Park butterfly garden “The Miracle of the Monarch” on Thursday, July 31, will be an evening of education and fundraising. From 7-9 p.m. at Scandia Community Center, the Friends of Scandia Parks and Trails will focus on this once abundant butterfly that now faces very difficult odds. Scandia residents and […]

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With the trees gone, rainwater accumulated this spring in the cleared parking lot at Lilleskogen Park in Scandia. Plans to build a rain garden at the site have been scrapped because of the high water table and shallow drainage area.

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Lilleskogen means “small forest” in Swedish. Recent changes to the Scandia park bearing this name have made the forest a little smaller. But progress requires change, and Lilleskogen is progressing. Following a 2008 park restoration plan, the city is converting the 8 acres of woods and wetlands to include a parking lot and butterfly garden. […]

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