July 29 - August 5, 2013
Monday, July 29
1-2p.m. Nature Time at the Beach: Fossils Search for animals that lived here hundreds of millions of years ago. They were on earth long before the dinosaurs! Meet at the beach.
Tuesday, July 30
1 – 2p.m. Nature Time at the Beach: Fish Printing Come try your hand at this ancient art form while learning more about the fish that live in Southeast Minnesota. You’ll get to make a fish print postcard to bring home. Meet at the beach.
Wednesday, July 31
1 -2p.m. Nature Time at the Beach: Forest Explorers Discover some of the forest plants and animals that make their home at the beach. Meet at the beach.
Thursday, August 1
1-2p.m. Nature Time at the Beach: Dig Into Soil Do you love to have fun in the mud? Come get your hands dirty and learn about the importance of soil! Meet at the beach.
6:30-8p.m. Bird Banding Demonstration Join Master Bird Bander, Greg Munson, for close-up experiences with birds. Program participants will have the opportunity to handle and release birds after they have been caught in nets, studied, observed and banded with an aluminum tag.
Friday, August 2
1-2p.m. Nature Time at the Beach: Dragonflies We’ll play a game, explore the shoreline for dragonfly nymphs and even make a craft you can take home! Wear shoes that can get wet! Meet at the beach.
8p.m. Seasons of the White-tailed Deer Whether you hunt, photograph or just love to see white-tailed deer, we’re all intrigued by these animals. How many have you seen during your visit to Whitewater? Though it’s hard to believe, in the early 1900’s there were few deer in the Whitewater Valley! Discover how they returned and their interesting world in this video/short walk program.
Saturday, August 3
10a.m.-Noon I Can Fish – Trout Fishing at CARLEY STATE PARK
OFFSITE PROGRAM Meet at Carley State Park’s picnic shelter.
10a.m. –Noon – Family Nature Hike Join a naturalist for a short hike on the Discovery Loop Trail to explore nature through hands-on, sensory trail activities. There will be prizes for kids who participate! Meet at the Visitor Center.
1- 2p.m. Snakes of the Blufflands Learn about the seventeen snakes of Minnesota including the timber rattlesnakes found here at the park. See and touch a live snake. Bring a camera!
3-5p.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! Bring transportation, as the site is nine miles from the park.
9p.m. Campfire Stargazing Looking to enrich your camping experience? Come and learn about the amazing show going on nightly throughout the summer. The planets and constellations of the summer sky can tell us wonderful stories that will enhance any camping trip. Learn what celestial wonders can be discovered with the naked eye. Bring transportation as we will be relocating to another area of the park after a short indoor presentation at the visitor center.
Sunday, August 4
10:30a.m. – Noon I Can Fish: Trout Fishing 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 September 1.
12:30-2p.m. Bird Banding Demonstration See description for August 1.
2-3:30p.m. Tag a Monarch Learn about our amazing native butterflies. After a power point presentation, we will divide up into teams and spread out around the park to catch, tag and release monarch butterflies. You will be part of on-going research to study the migration of these incredible insects. If you have a butterfly net of your own, bring it along.
Monday, August 5
1-2p.m. Nature Time at the Beach: Camouflage Walk Learn how animals hide from danger. See how many animals you can find hiding out at the beach! Meet at the beach.