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Whitewater State Park programs (06/03/2012)
Tuesday, June 5, 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.

Wednesday, June 6, 1-2pm

Nature Time at the Beach

See Tuesday’s description.

Thursday, June 7, 1-2pm

Nature Time at the Beach

See Tuesday’s description

Thursday, June 7, 6-8pm

Bird 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 8, 1-2pm

Nature Time at the Beach

See Tuesday’s description

Friday, June 8, 8-9pm

Go Batty!

All seven of Minnesota’s bats live in Southeastern Minnesota’s Blufflands. Separate fact from fiction about these fascinating little animals. Play a bat game! See a bat video! Eat some bat treats! We will most likely see a large number of bats emerge from the bat houses at the visitor center. Free bat house plans will be available.

Saturday, June 9

Take A Kid Trout Fishing

Whitewater State Park’s annual Take a Kid Fishing Day is designed to help youngsters 5 to 15 start trout fishing. Guides will take small groups of kids and parents to different parts of the middle branch of the Whitewater River within the park. Kids will learn how to rig their pole, where to cast and how to release fish safely. Lunch is provided. Bring a spinning rod and reel if you have one. One adult signs up per youth. Call to sign up 507-932-3007.

Saturday, June 9, 1-4pm

Whitewater State Park Open House Day – Family Outdoor Fair

If your family is interested in learning new outdoor skills, then join us rain or shine at the Whitewater State Park visitor center for this free fair. (It’s Whitewater’s Open House Day therefore vehicle permits are not required.)

Come and go as you please between stations to try new outdoor activities and get information to help your family get outdoors and explore the area’s natural resources. Stations will include archery, bird watching basics and live raptor presentations, fishing activities and a live trout exhibit, GPS and geo-caching, introduction to kayaking, making your own walking sticks, and making a prairie butterfly garden!

Saturday, June 9, 6-7:30pm

Return of the Peregrines

After nearly a half century absence, peregrine falcons have returned to nest on the cliffs of Whitewater State Park! This is a long awaited event. Meet at the Nature Store parking lot for a short walk to observe the nest site. With spotting scopes and binoculars it is likely we will see adults and young. Join us as we celebrate their wonderful return.

Sunday, June 10, 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 10, 12:30-2pm

Bird Banding Demonstration

See Thursday, June 7 description.

Sunday, June 10, 1:30-3pm

Introduction to GPS & Geocaching

Bring the whole family to learn about the fun outdoor sport called geo-caching.

All equipment is provided. We’ll hike out to find the hidden cache in the park.

Monday, June 11, 1-2pm

Nature Time at the Beach

See Tuesday, June 5 description.



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