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Whitewater State Park (05/23/2007)

Naturalist programs

MAY 25 - MAY 27, 2007

Unless noted, all programs begin at the Whitewater Valley Visitor Center (Park Office).

Friday, May 25

8-9p.m. A Pond Full of Frogs! Join us as we visit the amphibians in the visitor center's pond. We will see frogs, toads and tadpoles. What kinds are found in Whitewater State Park? How are they doing? Can you sing like a frog? As part of this family activity we will make a chorus of the frogs found in this area!

Saturday, May 26

9-10a.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. 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.-1p.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? Fossil cards, to display your collection, will be distributed. Bring transportation, as the site is nine miles from the park.

3-4p.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 a few of the plants and animals in Whitewater that can make your visit memorable for the wrong reason! (See what a live timber rattlesnake looks like.)

Sunday, May 27

2:30-3:30p.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.

Early Evening Yellow Lady's Slipper Walk - The yellow lady's-slipper and showy orchis are still in bloom! See these orchids as well as other favorite spring wildflowers. Bring transportation for the short drive to the trailhead. The walk is moderately strenuous. Call 507-932-3007 extension 0, or stop at the visitor center for reservations and exact time.

8-9pm. 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. Get an update on this spring*s rattlesnake sightings. A slide show about area snakes and live snake program will be given. See a live timber rattlesnake, bullsnake and fox snake.

Bring a camera for a picture of your loved one with a snake around their neck!

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.

The park's staff hopes you enjoy the Blufflands' resources of

Whitewater State Park!



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