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Whitewater State Park programs (05/30/2012)
May 30 - June 4, 2012

Following is a list of programs offered by Whitewater State Parks Interpretive Services. Stop at the visitor center, or call (507) 932-3007 extension 0 for additional information. There is no charge for most of these programs, but state park vehicle permits are required. Permits, available at all state park offices, cost $5 for a daily, $25 for a regular annual and $12 for a handicap annual. Activities begin at the Whitewater Valley Visitor Center (Park Office) unless otherwise noted.

Wednesday, May 30, 1-2pm

Nature Time at the Beach

See Tuesday’s description.

Thursday, May 31, 1-2pm

Nature Time at the Beach

See Tuesday’s description

Thursday, May 31, 6-8pm

Birding Banding Demonstration

Want an up close encounter with birds? If so, join Rochester area bird banders for this exciting activity! A fine mist net will be used to capture birds visiting the visitor center feeding station. Dozens will likely be caught. Program participants will have the opportunity to handle and release birds after they have been studied, observed and banded with an aluminum tag. Find out how this scientific tool helps wildlife researchers learn more about bird populations and their natural history, including where they go and how long they live. Find out what has been learned about Whitewater’s birds!

Friday, June 1, 1-2pm

Nature Time at the Beach

See Tuesday’s description

Friday, June 1, 8-9pm

Mystery Animal Slide Show

Join us for Whitewater’s game show. Guess the animals, get points, and win prizes! (Everybody wins!) The whole family will enjoy this unique, participatory slide show on Minnesota’s wildlife.

Saturday, June 2, 8am-Noon

Digital Bridge to Nature Teacher Workshop

Teachers and youth program leaders are invited to attend this workshop to learn how to incorporate digital nature photography into your classroom and programs. Participants will have access to camera kits and equipment and earn 4 CEUs. Call to sign up 507-932-3007 ext 226.

Saturday, June 2, 1-3pm

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.

Saturday, June 2 , 5-8pm

Biking to Save the Turtles

Each spring rare Blandings 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. Last year we moved dozens! Participants, ten years of older, will patrol the road on bicycles. Space is limited. Call (507) 932-3007, ext. 226 to sign up and to find out meeting location.

Sunday, June 3, 10:30am-Noon

I Can Trout Fish

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 Labor Day weekend.

Sunday, June 3, 12:30-2pm

Bird Banding Demonstration

See description for Thursday, May 31 program.

Monday, June 4, 1-2pm

Nature Time at the Beach

Hey kids! Join a naturalist at the beach for a fun, hands-on nature activity. Different activities will be offered each weekday, Memorial Day – Labor Day. From frogs, to dragonflies and rocks, birds and arts and crafts; you’ll learn about nature at Whitewater State Park. Children must be accompanied by an adult.



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