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Whitewater State Park naturalist programs (07/12/2006)
Unless noted, all programs begin at the Whitewater Valley Visitor Center (Park Office).

Friday, July 14

8-9p.m. Poisonous Plants and Animals of Whitewater What can "get" you in this park? Where are they found? How can you avoid them? Get to know the few plants and animals in Whitewater that can make your visit memorable for the wrong reason! (See what a live timber rattlesnake looks like.)

Saturday, July 15

9-10a.m. Tweets and Treats - Join us at the visitor center's feeding station for some good bird watching, treats (hot beverages and cookies) and conversation. The feeding station is the best place in the park to see birds. With the sound system you can hear the birds at the feeding station!

11a.m.-noon Snakes of the Blufflands - Sixteen of Minnesota's seventeen kinds of snakes live in the Blufflands. Learn how we can live, work and recreate in the Blufflands and still conserve these awesome creatures. A slide show about area snakes and live snake program will be given. A live bullsnake will be on hand, literally! Bring your camera for a picture of the snake wrapped around your loved one's neck.

2-3p.m. Go in Seine at the Beach * Many small creatures live in Whitewater's cold water streams and at the beach. Come get wet and wild as we use a seine (net) to search for some of Whitewater's miniature water monsters! Find out about the interesting critters we share the swimming hole with. How does life in the stream differ from live in the beach pool? Meet at the beach.

4-6p.m. Fossil Field Trip - On this trip you will find, and can keep, fossils of plants and animals that lived here hundreds of millions of years ago. They were on earth long before the dinosaurs! What can they tell us about this area's past? Cards to display fossils will be distributed. Bring transportation, as we drive ten miles to the fossil site.

8-9p.m. Mystery Animal Slide Show - Join us for Whitewater's game show. Guess the animals, get points, and win prizes! (Everybody wins!) The whole family will enjoy this unique, participatory slide show on Minnesota's wildlife.

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 history and nature related videos are available for free viewing in the visitor center.

You can help support Minnesota State Parks Interpretive and Resource Management Programs by shopping at the Nature Store. The Nature Store, 1?2 mile south of the visitor center on Highway 74, offers books, post cards, T-shirts, mugs, wildlife posters, relaxation tapes and much more. The Nature Store will be open 8:30a.m. to 4p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

The park's staff hopes you enjoy the Blufflands' resources of Whitewater State Park! 


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