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Whitewater State Park (08/15/2007)

NATURALIST PROGRAMS

August 17-18, 2007

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

Friday, August 17

8-9p.m. 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. A slide show about area snakes and live snake program will be given. A bullsnake and a timber rattlesnake will be on hand, literally! Bring your camera for a picture of a bullsnake wrapped around your loved one*s neck.

Saturday, August 18

8-9a.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!

10a.m.-noon 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? Cards to display fossils will be distributed. Bring transportation, as we drive ten miles to the fossil site.

1-2p.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.

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.

 

 

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