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Whitewater State Park activities (08/19/2007)
Naturalist Programs

August 24-25, 2007

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

Friday, August 24

8-9p.m. Go Batty - All seven of Minnesota's bats live in Southeastern Minnesota's Blufflands. Separate fact from fiction about these fascinating little animals. Play a bat game! See a bat video! Eat some bat treats! Free bat house plans will be available.

Saturday, August 25

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.

5-6:30p.m. Early Evening Bird Walk - Though birds aren't singing much in late summer, most that nested here are still here. ‘Fall' migration has begun! Join the Park Naturalist on this leisurely stroll to see Whitewater's birds. Bring transportation as we drive a short distance to the trailhead. Binoculars and maps of birding hot spots will be available. If you're interested in birds, this activity is for you!

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.

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 Parks Interpretive and Resource Management Programs by shopping at the Nature Store. The Nature Store, ½ mile south of the visitor center on Highway 74, offers books, post cards, T-shirts, mugs, wildlife posters, relaxation tapes and much more.

The Nature Store will be open the following hours: Tuesday - Sunday 9a.m.- 4:30 p.m.

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

Whitewater State Park!



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