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Whitewater State Park programs (06/06/2004)
"Ordinary Men, Extraordinary Soldiers; Company K, First Minnesota Infantry" Presentation Offered at Whitewater State Park

Discover Winona County's involvement in the Civil War at Whitewater State Park Saturday June 12 at 8:00p.m. Dr. William Crozier Saint Mary's University Archivist will share the history and accomplishment of area men with photographs, descriptions and their own stories. Minnesota was only three years old and on the frontier of the United States, when the war began in 1861. How did soldiers from this area compare with other union soldiers? Dr. Crozier will focus on Company K, First Minnesota volunteer infantry and their heroic role in the Battle of Gettysburg.

Other programs planned for the weekend of June 11 -12:

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

Friday June 11

8-9p.m. Timber Rattlesnake - A Threatened or Threatening Species? - Yes, timber rattlesnakes do live in Whitewater State Park. How dangerous are they? Why is the timber rattlesnake classified as a threatened species? How can rattlesnake/people encounters be reduced while at the same time keeping the snake from disappearing? Get to know this animal at tonight's program featuring slides and a live timber rattlesnake. Find out about this year's sightings.

Saturday June 12

2-3p.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 bridge by the beach.

Late Afternoon to Early Evening Biking to Save the Turtles - Each June rare Blanding's turtles lay their eggs at a site twenty miles from Whitewater. Females leave their wetlands and cross a busy road en route to their sand prairie nesting area. You can help this threatened species survive by assisting them across the road. Participants, ten years of age or older, will patrol the road on bicycles. Call the park at 507-932-3007 extension 7, or stop at the visitor center, for exact time, reservations and meeting location.

6-7:30p.m. Early Evening Bird Walk - Join Andy and Joyce Buggs on this leisurely evening walk in search of Whitewater's birds including orioles, hummingbirds, scarlet tanagers, and rose-breasted grosbeaks. Families are welcome. Binoculars and bird brochures will be available. Bring transportation, as we will drive a short distance to the trailhead.

8-9p.m. Ordinary Men, Extraordinary Soldiers; Company K, First Minnesota Infantry - See description above.

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.

You can help support Minnesota State Parks Interpretive and Resource Management Programs by shopping at the Nature Store. The Nature Store, _ 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 9 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. 


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