Unless noted, all programs begin at the Whitewater Valley Visitor Center (Park Office).
Friday, August 14
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. A slide show about area snakes and live snake program will be given. See a live timber rattlesnake, bullsnake and fox snake. Find out about recent rattlesnake sightings. Bring a camera for a picture of your loved one with a bullsnake around their neck!
Saturday, August 15
9-10:30a.m. Tracking and Plaster Cast Making (Reservations Required) - Did you make casts of animal tracks as a youngster? Whether you did or not, there’s a good chance your kids would love to. Besides finding out about Whitewater wildlife and the clues they leave, your kids will get a souvenir of their Whitewater visit! Group size is limited. Call (507) 932-3007 extension 0, or stop at the visitor center, for reservations. Meet at the beach.
1-3p.m. Chimney Rock to Inspiration Point Trail Walk - After being closed for several years, this section of trail has been repaired and is now reopened! Everyone is excited about the reconnecting of these two popular hiking destinations! Walk this moderately strenuous 2 mile with a Park Naturalist discovering its natural resources including scenic overlooks and (possibly) peregrine falcons. Meet at the trailhead by the bridge at the beach.
4-5p.m. Miniature Monsters of the Beach - Many small creatures live in Whitewater’s cold-water streams and at the beach. Come get wet and wild as we use nets 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.
8-9p.m. Eeeek! It’s a Bat! – This is the reaction many people have when a bat flies nearby. What they may not know is how they benefit from bats every day. At this program we’ll separate fact from fiction about these fascinating creatures of the night. Play a bat game and eat some bat treats! Free bat house plans will be available. We will see bats emerge from bat houses on the visitor center. (Recently over 200 were seen emerging!)
Sunday, August 16
9-11am. 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.
1-3p.m. GPS and Geocaching for Beginners – Want to have some fun discovering how to use a GPS (Global Positioning System) unit? In addition, you’ll find out about the great sport of geocaching. (It’s like a treasure hunt using a GPS unit!) If you have a GPS unit, bring it. If not, you can use one of the park’s. After the introduction at the visitor center we will head off to find the park’s Wildlife Safari cache! All of these activities and events are provided free of charge, but state park vehicle permits are required. In addition to attending programs, you are invited to use the parks’ self-guided interpretive services such as self-guided trails, exhibits and the Elba Fire Tower. At the Whitewater Valley Visitor Center see the new touch screen exhibit with its introduction to the park and flood video. In addition a number of other nature and history related videos are available for free viewing in the visitor center.