Mondays, January 7, February 4 & March 4
7- 8p m: Natural Resources Career Exploration Series
Area youth ages 16 - 21 are invited to participate in a natural resources career exploration series at Whitewater State Park the first Monday of each month, October - April. Check with your science instructors about receiving extra credit for attending! Each month a different natural resource professional will present about their field of work. From Conservation Officers to Foresters and Biologists to Naturalists; participants will learn about the necessary education, experience and skills needed for a career in the natural resources field. Sign up for this series by calling 507-932-3007 ext 226 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
Saturday, January 5
10 – 11 am: Introduction to Winter Trout Fishing
Cabin fever setting in yet? Come learn about winter trout fishing with George Spangler of the National Trout Center. Participants will discover the winter habits of Whitewater’s trout and some great tips and techniques for catching them. Bring your own equipment if you plan to fish after the program. A lightweight rod and your favorite reel are recommended along with any small spinners, jigs our lures that you prefer. The winter catch and release trout season runs from January 1 to April 13, 2013.
11:15am – 12:15 pm:
Golden Eagle Program
Find out about golden eagles in the blufflands from the man who knows them best. Scott Mehus, National Eagle Center Education Director and Golden Eagle Project Co-coordinator, will share his 18 years of experience observing golden eagles in southeast Minnesota and Wisconsin. You’ll learn how to identify golden eagles in the wild and some of the best places to look for these elusive raptors.
1-3 pm: Golden Eagle Survey Training
Scott Mehus of the National Eagle Center will host this training session to prepare volunteers of the January 19th Wintering Golden Eagle Survey. There will be an indoor classroom portion and an outdoor session practicing Golden Eagle identification in the field. To sign up for this training, email email@example.com or call 507-932-3007 ext 226.
Saturday, January 12
1-3 pm: Whitewater’s CCC Camp by Snowshoe
Whitewater Park was little more than woods and streams before the Civilian Conservation Corps arrived in 1934. One of the first social programs to pull Americans out of the Great Depression, Franklin Roosevelt’s CCC brought hundreds of rambunctious young men to the forests and fields of the state park. Before they left, they cut trails, tamed the river and built a swimming beach. After an indoor presentation by Master Naturalist volunteer, Dr. Rick Musser, park volunteer Judy Shepard will lead a snowshoe hike to explore some of the park structures built by the CCC boys. Bring your own snowshoes or use the park’s.
Saturday, January 19
10am – 12 pm: Wintering Golden Eagle Survey
This survey is part of a study being done by the National Audubon Society, Minnesota and Wisconsin DNRs and the National Eagle Center to better understand the golden eagles that winter in southeastern Minnesota and southwestern Wisconsin. After a short introduction at Whitewater State Park’s visitor center, groups of participants will visit sites that golden eagles have frequented in past years. Binoculars, spotting scopes and brochures will be available. Participants must have attended the Golden Eagle Survey Training on January 5th to participate.
Saturday, January 26
Explore the quiet beauty of a winter night in the Whitewater River Valley. Under a full moon, snowshoeing is a special treat! Short readings from Thoreau, Frost, and Leopold will be read during this easy, ½ mile snowshoe walk. Snowshoes are provided. Hot drinks will follow the outing. Bring your own snowshoes or use the park’s (first come, first served).
Program information is also available online at www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/whitewater/index . Stop by the visitor center, call (507) 932-3007 extension 226 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information. There is no charge for 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.