Saturday, June 30 at 8p.m. Ernie Boszhardt, Regional Archaeologist with the Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center, will be at Whitewater State Park to introduce area prehistoric rock art. Over one hundred sites of American Indian rock art, paintings and carvings, have been found in the Blufflands of southwestern Wisconsin. A lesser number have been documented in southeastern Minnesota. Using slides, Mr. Boszhardt will share what is known about Blufflands' pictographs and petroglyphs and the people that made them. Participants are encouraged to bring American Indian artifacts for identification. Maybe we'll learn of previously undocumented rock art! Mr. Boszhardt has written three recent books; *Twelve Millennia in the Upper Mississippi River Valley*, *Deep Cave Rock Art in the Upper Mississippi River Valley* and *Projectile Point Guide for the Upper Mississippi River Valley*.
Free handouts on regional archaeology will be available as well as educational materials for sale (videos, books and booklets).
Other programs scheduled for this weekend include:
Friday, June 29
8-9:30p.m. *Winged Migration* * Celebrate the mystery of
bird migration! For four years Academy Award winning producer Jacques Perrin had film crews scattered around the world literally flying with birds as they moved across land and water. Planes, gliders, helicopters and balloons were used to fly above, below in front of and alongside the birds. Bring popcorn, your favorite (non-alcoholic) beverage and a pillow as we turn the auditorium into your private screening room.
(We*re even bringing in the comfortable chairs!) This 85-minute DVD is truly one of the most amazing nature presentations you will ever see! Saturday June 30
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.
5-6p.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.)
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!