Whitewater State Park schedule


Meet at the Visitor’s Center unless otherwise noted.

Nature time at the beach
Friday, June 29, 1-2 p.m.

Hey kids! Meet at the beach each Friday at 1 p.m. for a fun activity. Each week a new topic will be explored.

Geocaching challenge
Friday, June 29, 6-7 p.m.

Are you ready for an outdoor challenge? Meet at the Nature Store to embark on a high-tech treasure hunt with a park naturalist! Bring your own GPS unit or use one of the park’s.

Sixth Annual Parsnip Pull
Saturday, June 30, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Wild parsnip is an invasive plant that can cause phyto-photo dermatitis, a painful blistering effect on the skin. The plant poses a serious problem for campers and other park visitors. Volunteers will work in teams to pull wild parsnips from heavy use areas in the park. Volunteer efforts over the last several years have resulted in a dramatic drop in the number of parsnip plants. Working together, the spread of this invasive plant at Whitewater State Park can be slowed. Work gloves and a free lunch will be provided for volunteers; to sign up email sara.holger@state.mn.us or call 507-312-2308.

Snakes of the bluff lands
Saturday, June 30, 1-2 p.m.

Sixteen of Minnesota’s seventeen kinds of snakes live in the bluff lands. Learn how to live, work and recreate in the bluff lands while still conserving these awesome creatures. A slide show about area snakes and a live snake program will be given. See a live fox snake. Bring a camera for a picture of your loved one touching a live snake!

Whitewater’s POW Camp
Saturday, June 30, 3-4 p.m.

Did you know that Whitewater State Park was once home to German prisoners of war? Come learn about one of lesser-known parts of Minnesota’s history. What did they do here? Where did they go? What was life like being a prisoner? Did they cause mischief? Come find out!

Geology hike
Saturday, June 30, 6-7 p.m.

On this hike, travel through time to learn about the amazing geologic processes that formed the beautiful Whitewater River Valley. Find out how oceans, glaciers and raging rivers have shaped this landscape. Meet at the Chimney Rock trailhead near the beach.

Intro to Trout Fishing
Sunday, July 1, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Come meet at the South Picnic Area for a fun time fishing! Equipment will be provided at this activity designed to introduce trout fishing to inexperienced anglers. Youngsters must be accompanied by an adult. Bring your own bait; worms often work best. Fishing licenses and trout stamps are not required when fishing during the activity. This program is offered every Sunday through September 2.

If you need an accommodation, please contact Sara at sara.holger@state.mn.us or 507-312-2300 two weeks prior to the event.


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