Whitewater State Park program schedule


Nature Time at the Beach

Thursday, June 20, 1-2 p.m.

Meet at the beach.

Hey kids! Join a naturalist at the beach for a fun, hands-on nature activity on each Thursday and Friday through Labor Day weekend. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Nature Time at the Beach

Friday, June 21, 1-2 p.m.

Meet at the beach.

See description from June 20.

Ghost Town Cemetery field trip

Friday, June 21, 6-8 p.m.

Meet at the Whitewater Valley Visitor Center.

The town of Beaver was abandoned in 1938 after repeated flooding. This ghost town cemetery holds many stories of pioneers, Civil War veterans, Minnesota conservation hero Richard Dorer and others who have lived in the Whitewater Valley. Join for a cemetery visit and learn some fascinating history about the area. Bring your own transportation, as the cemetery is located five miles north of the park.

Snakes of the Bluff lands

Saturday, June 22, 10-11 a.m.

Meet at the Whitewater Valley Visitor Center.

Sixteen of Minnesota’s 17 kinds of snakes live in the bluff lands. Learn how you can live, work and recreate while still conserving these awesome creatures. Bring a camera for a picture of your loved one touching a live snake!

Mini Monsters at the Beach

Saturday, June 22, 1-2 p.m.

Meet at the beach.

Many small creatures live in Whitewater’s cold-water streams and at the beach. Get wet and wild using nets to search for some of Whitewater’s miniature water monsters! Find out about the interesting critters with whom people share the swimming hole.

Roadkill Café: Turkey Vultures

Saturday, June 22, 4-5 p.m.

Meet at the Nature Store.

What soars the skies over the Whitewater River Valley in search of smelly dead animals, vomits on predators when threatened and urinates on itself to cool off? It’s everyone’s favorite bird of course: the turkey vulture! Join a naturalist to learn about these amazing birds. Take a short hike to watch live vultures feeding on road-kill that will be placed for viewing.

Owl Prowl

Saturday, June 22, 8-9:30 p.m.

Meet at the Whitewater Valley Visitor Center. People often hear them calling in the dark of night, but most are unfamiliar with the elusive creatures known as owls. After a presentation, the group will go prowling for owls using newly learned owling skills. This program is guaranteed to be a “hoot” for all ages!

Intro to Trout Fishing

Sunday, June 23, 10:30 a.m. to noon

Meet at the south picnic area.

Come enjoy fishing at Whitewater! Equipment will be provided. Bring your own bait; worms often work best. Fishing licenses and trout stamps are not required when fishing during the activity. This program will be 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.

To check on program cancellations due to poor weather conditions, call the park at 507-312-2300 or go to mndnr.gov/events.


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