Unless noted, programs begin at the Whitewater Valley Visitor Center (Park Office).
Wednesday, June 30
1-2:30p.m Mini Monsters at the Beach – Many small creatures live in Whitewater’s cold water streams and at the beach. Stop by anytime during this time period to 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 life in the beach pool? Meet at the beach.
Thursday, July 1
2-4p.m. 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.
7:30–8:30p.m. Tracking and Plaster Cast Making - 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! Reservations required; stop at the Visitor Center or call 507-932-3007, extension 224. Meet at the beach.
Friday, July 2
7:30-9p.m. Early Evening Bird Walk – If you’re interested in birds, this activity is for you! Join Park Naturalist Dave Palmquist on this leisurely stroll to see Whitewater’s birds. Binoculars and maps of birding hot spots will be available. Meet at the Nature Store parking lot.
Saturday, July 3
9-10:30a.m. Make Your Own Walking Stick - Join us for a real hands-on activity making your own walking stick. We will transform buckthorn, an invasive species, into a practical tool you can take home with you. We’ll also learn how you can stop the spread of other invasive hitch-hikers when you’re hiking, fishing, and recreating at Whitewater State Park.
10:30-Noon Raspberry Jam Making - Ever had the urge to use some of those abundant wild berries to make your own jams and jellies? In this activity you’ll learn the basics from Minnesota State Fair blue ribbon winner Chuck Kernler. Samples of jams and jellies will be available for tasting, and jelly door prizes will be given away! Meet at the Nature Store.
1-2:30p.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! We will go as a group to find the park’s Wildlife Safari geocache.
3:30-4:30p.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 slideshow about area snakes and a live snake program will be given. See a bull snake and fox snake. Bring a camera for a picture of your loved one with a snake!
8-9p.m. Music in the Park: Chris Kendall - Come for a relaxing evening of acoustic guitar music in the park. Chris Kendall, from Winona, Minnesota, is a prolific self-taught singer/song-writer and has written over 500 songs to date. About his music, he says, “Many songs are about people who taught me something or places and things that made an impact on my life. There are river songs, farm songs, city songs, kids’ songs and many other topical pieces.”
Sunday, July 4
10:30a.m.-noon I Can (Trout) Fish – Yes you can! You can trout fish right here in Whitewater State Park! Join us at the South Picnic Area for a fun time fishing. Rods, reels, and tackle will be provided at this activity designed to introduce trout fishing to inexperienced anglers, families and youth groups. Youngsters must be accompanied by an adult. Bring your own bait; worms often work best. Fishing licenses and trout stamps are not required when fishing during the activity. This program will be offered at Whitewater every Sunday through August 29.
1-2p.m Mini Monsters at the Beach – Many small creatures live in Whitewater’s cold water streams and at the beach. 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 life in the beach pool? Meet at the beach.
Monday, July 5
9:30-11:30a.m. 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.
1-2:30p.m. Beavers at the Beach - For the first time in several years, beavers are back in Whitewater State Park, and they’ve been spotted at the beach! We’ll discover the important role this animal has played in the state’s history and continues to play in soil and water conservation. We’ll also dress a ‘volunteer’ youngster up as a beaver showing their many fascinating adaptations. Finally, we will explore the area for signs of beavers. Meet at the beach.
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 park’s self-guided interpretive services. The park staff hopes you enjoy the spectacular Blufflands resources of Whitewater State Park!