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Whitewater Park programs (05/16/2004)
Saturday May 22, 2004

All programs begin at the Whitewater Valley Visitor Center (Park Office).

8:30-9:30a.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. See all the new arrivals! The feeding station is the best place in the park to see birds.

10:30-11:30a.m. History of the Whitewater Watershed - From wilderness to a hundred farms and five towns and back to wilderness in a century. Discover this dramatic story of the Whitewater Watershed! You'll see amazing photos of the area at its best and its worst. What important environmental lessons have been learned and how has our land use improved?

Mid-Afternoon Orchids of Whitewater State Park Walk - Malcolm and Rosemary MacFarlane have found and photographed all of Minnesota's orchids! Join these experts in search of the beautiful and fascinating orchids of Whitewater State Park. Bring transportation for the short drive to the trailhead. The walk is moderately strenuous. Call 507-932-3007 extension 7, or stop at the visitor center for reservations and exact time.

6-7p.m. Nature Scavenger Hunt - Hey kids! Do you like scavenger hunts and playing games? Want to find out more about the wildlife at Whitewater State Park? If so, grab your parents and join us for an hour of family fun!

8-9p.m. Orchids of Minnesota Slide Show - There are forty-two orchids native to Minnesota, including the state flower, the showy lady's slipper. Malcolm and Rosemary MacFarlane have beautiful pictures of each one! They have journeyed to cedar bogs; bluff prairies, the Big Woods, and roadside ditches to get these photographs. Tonight they'll share with us everything from common orchids to the most rare orchid in North America.

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. See the new beaver exhibit. A number of history and nature related videos are available for free viewing in the visitor center. 

 

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