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Whitewater State Park programs (06/30/2004)
July 2-4, 2004

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

Friday, July 2

8-9p.m. 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, July 3

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. The feeding station is the best place in the park to see birds. With a new sound system you can hear the birds at the feeding station!

10-11:30a.m. 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 the variety of jams and jellies he makes will be available for tasting, and jelly door prizes will be given away! Meet at the Nature store.

1-2:30p.m. Summer Wildflower Walk - Join former Quarry Hill Nature Center Director and wildflower expert Harry Buck on this leisurely walk to witness Whitewater's summer wildflowers. Among those that will be seen are blue flag iris, cow parsnip, black-eyed susan, spiderwort, columbine and many others. Bring transportation, as we drive a short distance to the trailhead.

3-4p.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.

Sunday July 4

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? Bring transportation, as we will drive outside the park to the fossil site.

6-7p.m. Poisonous Plants and Animals of Whitewater - What can "get" you in this park? Where are they found? How can you avoid them? Get to know a few of the plants and animals in Whitewater that can make your visit memorable for the wrong reason!

8-9p.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 slide show about area snakes and live snake program will be given. A bullsnake and a timber rattlesnake will be on hand, literally! Bring your camera for a picture of a bullsnake wrapped around your loved one's neck.

***See fireworks at dark around 10p.m. in St. Charles at the high school on Highway 14 east.*** (There is plenty of time to see the park's evening program and still make the fireworks!)

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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