May 6, 2006
All programs begin at the Whitewater Valley Visitor Center (Park Office).
9-11a.m. Trout Fishing for Beginners -
This family activity is designed to take away the fear of trout fishing. Everyone can enjoy trout fishing and catch trout. Even you! Trout fishing expert Mike Jeresek will introduce you to the various ways that people fish for trout. Participants can bring equipment for fishing after the activity, though they will not be fishing during the activity.
12:30-1:30p.m. Sharing the Bluffs and Trails with Timber Rattlesnakes -
Yes, there are timber rattlesnakes in Whitewater State Park. How dangerous are they? How can rattlesnake/people encounters be reduced while at the same time keeping the snake from disappearing? Get answers to your questions and see a live timber rattlesnake. Find out about last year's sightings. Brochures will be available.
Afternoon Morel Mushrooms and Wildflowers in Abundance -
Morels, Minnesota's state mushroom, are up and wildflowers are everywhere! On this
easy walk, we'll look for both. Given a good harvest, we'll saute and sample
the mushrooms we find. Find out how to minimize the negative impacts of
mushroom hunting and wildflower observation. To sign up for this activity
call (507) 932-3007 extension 6, or stop at the visitor center.
6-7p.m. Tweets and Treats -
Join the Park Naturalist at the visitor center's feeding station for some good bird watching, treats (hot beverages and cookies) and conversation. New birds are arriving every day! What have you seen so far this spring? The feeding station is the best place in the park to see birds. Maps of birding hot spots, checklists and binoculars will be available.
8-9p.m. The Fungus Among Us - Mmmm"¦wild mushrooms! BUT, which ones can we eat?
Join Rosemary and Malcolm MacFarlane while they show us how to identify 6 "safe"¯ mushrooms and some common poisonous ones. Discover how we can preserve areas in which wild mushrooms grow. Participants will enjoy a slide show and tasty samples.
These programs are provided free of charge, but state park vehicle permits are required. In addition to attending programs, you are invited to use the park=s self-guided interpretive services including visitor center exhibits and self-guided trails. A number of nature and history related videos are available for viewing in the visitor center.