June 22-23, 2007
Unless noted, programs begin at the Whitewater Valley Visitor Center (Park Office).
Friday, June 22
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. A bullsnake will be on hand, literally! Bring a camera for a picture of your loved one with a snake around their neck!
Saturday, June 23
10:30a.m.-noon Wildflower Walk * Join former Quarry Hill Nature Center Director, and wildflower expert, Harry Buck on this leisurely walk to witness Whitewater*s early summer wildflowers. Among those that will be seen are blue flag iris, cow parsnip, Canada anemone, spiderwort, columbine and many others. Bring transportation, as we drive a short distance to the trailhead.
1:00-2:30p.m. Butterflies in the Field * Explore the world of butterflies and their habitats with butterfly expert Joel Dunnette. Enjoy the summer meadow flowers and their attending *flying flowers* on this walk suitable for families. Some close focusing binoculars will be available. Bring transportation, as we drive a short distance to the trailhead.
3-4:30p.m. Return of the Bluebird - The eastern bluebird declined 90% in the first half of the 20th century. But now they*re back! Find out what allowed this marvelous comeback. Join Jeri Sadauskis, Whitewater bluebird trail volunteer, on this program and short walk. Participants will likely see bluebird nests, eggs, young and adults.
Late Afternoon Sea Kayaking for Beginners * Guest Presenter
Tom Fassbender of Red Tail Outfitters - Ever want to try kayaking but have never had the chance? This is your chance! With the help of Tom Fassbender, owner of Winona*s Red Tail Outfitters, you*ll be able to try a sea kayak at Whitewater*s beach. Experience this increasingly popular way to enjoy Minnesota*s waters. Find out about kayaking opportunities in the Blufflands and the state. Participants must be at least 12 years of age. Meet at the beach. Call (507) 932-3007 extension 0, or stop at the visitor center, to reserve your twenty-minutes of adventure! 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 Park's Interpretive and Resource Management programs by shopping at the Nature Store. The Nature Store, 2 mile south of the visitor center on highway 74, offers books, post cards, t-shirts, mugs, wildlife posters, and much more. The Nature store is open Tuesday through Sunday 8:30a.m. - 4p.m.
The park's staff hopes you enjoy the Blufflands' resources of
Whitewater State Park!