May 5, 2007
All programs begin at the Whitewater Valley Visitor Center (Park Office).
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 0, or stop at the visitor center.
4-6p.m. Bluebell Blooming Bonanza! (Field Trip to Carley State Park) If you've never witnessed the blooming of Virginia Bluebells, also called mertensia, in Carley State Park, then you have missed one of Minnesota*s most spectacular spring events. Join us at 4pm at Whitewater,s Visitor Center for this ten-mile field trip, or meet us in the picnic area parking lot in Carley at 4:30pm. We will walk a short, easy trail to see thousands of bluebells as well as many other spring wildflowers.
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.