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Whitewater State Park activities (12/26/2006)
Following is a list of some programs offered by Whitewater State Parks Interpretive Services this winter. Many require reservations. Stop at the visitor center, or call (507) 932-3007 extension 0 for reservations, exact times and additional information. There is no charge for most of these programs, but state park vehicle permits are required. Permits, available at all state park offices, cost $7 for a daily before January 1 and $5 after January 1, $25 for a regular annual and $12 for a handicap annual. All activities begin at the Whitewater Valley Visitor Center (Park Office) unless otherwise noted.

Monday 1/1/07 Morning and/or Afternoon

Whitewater River Valley Christmas Bird Count - Join us on the Whitewater Valley's 11th annual Christmas Bird Count! Explore the area's winter wonderland on foot and/or by car as you document wintering birds. Anyone interested in birds is encouraged to attend for as short or long as you'd like. Hot beverages and treats will be available by the wood fire in the visitor center. Presenters: Andy and Joyce Buggs.

Saturday 1/6/07 1-3p.m.

Winter Trout Fishing - Trout fishing in winter provides some of the highest quality trout fishing available in the Blufflands. Angling in winter is different than summer. Streams are different and so are trout. Join DNR fisheries personnel and winter fishing experts for this activity that will provide you with an understanding of trout streams in winter. (Participants will not be fishing during the activity.)

Thursdays 1/18, 1/25, 2/1, 2/8, 2/15 and 2/22/07 Evenings

Advanced Hunter Education - This class is for both beginner and experienced hunters. It is for adults, as well as students 14 years of age and older. Topics that will be covered include hunter responsibility, safety, ethics, outdoor survival, laws, hunting techniques for small game, big game and waterfowl, wildlife identification and wildlife management. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss the future of hunting and to share useful information with others. Advanced Hunter Education (AHE) is sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. To receive AHE certification, participants must fulfill all of the classroom requirements. AHE certification is recognized by all states and provinces that require hunter safety certification. Presenter: Jim Morcomb. Fee: $20.

Saturday 1/20/07 Morning

Golden Eagle Field Trip

Each year golden eagles winter in the Blufflands of southeastern Minnesota and southwestern Wisconsin. On this field trip we will visit areas near Whitewater State Park where we are likely to see golden eagles. Everyone interested in eagles is invited to participate. A wood fire will be burning and treats and hot beverages will be provided at the park's visitor center. This activity is part of a larger golden eagle survey being done in the area.

Saturday 1/20/07 1-3p.m.

Historic Ice Harvesting Demonstration - A century ago, before rural electrification and refrigerators, ice was cut each winter to cool iceboxes the coming year. After ice was cut, it was stored in icehouses insulated by sawdust. Discover this piece of the area's past as ice is cut and moved off Whitewater State Park's beach. Authentic tools such as ice saws and tongs will be used. Want to give it a try? The activity will begin at the visitor center. Presenter: Garry Barvels.

Saturday 2/2/07 Evening

Moonlight Snowshoeing - Explore the quiet beauty of a winter night in the Whitewater River Valley. Under a nearly full moon, snowshoeing is a special treat! Short readings from Thoreau, Frost, and Leopold will be read by moonlight. Participants are encouraged to bring their own favorite poem or short story about this beautiful season of winter. Snowshoes are provided. Hot drinks and cookies will follow the outing. If snow depth does not allow using snowshoes, the activity will be done on foot.

Saturday 2/24/07 1-2:30p.m.

Bird Banding Demonstration - Want an up close encounter with birds? If so, join guest presenter Quarry Hill Nature Center teacher/director Greg Munson at Whitewater State Park's bird feeding station. A fine mist net will be used to capture birds as they fly to and from the feeders. With luck, program participants will have the opportunity to hold and release captured birds after they have been studied and banded with an aluminum tag. Find out how this scientific tool helps wildlife researchers learn more about bird populations and their natural history, including where they go and how long they live. Find out what has been learned about the birds at Whitewater's feeding station!

Friday 3/2/07 Evening

Moonlight Snowshoeing - Explore the quiet beauty of a winter night in the Whitewater River Valley. Under a nearly full moon, snowshoeing is a special treat! Short readings from Thoreau, Frost, and Leopold will be read by moonlight. Participants are encouraged to bring their own favorite poem or short story about this beautiful season of winter. Snowshoes are provided. Hot drinks and cookies will follow the outing. If snow depth does not allow using snowshoes, the activity will be done on foot.

Saturday 3/10/07 Morning

Eagle Field Trip - Celebrate the return of the bald eagle! March is the National Eagle Center in Wabasha's "Soar with the Eagles"Ł month with many scheduled activities. This field trip from Wabasha, led by Whitewater's Naturalist, will visit many eagle hot spots. Dozens, if not hundreds of eagles will be seen, as well as an active nest. The activity will conclude with a live eagle presentation at the National Eagle Center. Want to get your picture taken next to a bald eagle? This activity starts in Wabasha, MN at the National Eagle Center. Call 651-565-5357 for more information and reservations. Fee: $5. Saturday

3/17/07 Afternoon

It's Maple Syrup Making Time for the Whole Family - Join the Park Naturalist in Whitewater State Park's sugar bush! This demonstration will introduce the long history of maple syrup and sugar making, as well as the equipment and procedures used. Participants will tap trees, gather and boil sap, and best of all; taste pure maple syrup!

How does a maple sundae sound? 

 

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