Saturday, December 21
6-8p.m. Moonlight Owl Prowl
Learn how to identify owls by their calls as well as by their appearance and habitat needs. Depending on the snow accumulations, we will either hike or snowshoe to call to the owls. Bring your own snowshoes or borrow the park’s.
Wednesday, January 1
8 a.m.-1 2p.m. Christmas Bird Count
The 18th annual Whitewater River Valley Christmas Bird Count will allow participants to explore the area’s winter wonderland on foot for short walks and/or by car as they document wintering birds. Counters will meet at the Whitewater Valley Visitor Center in Whitewater State Park starting at 8 a.m.
Saturday, January 4
11 a.m.-12 p.m. Winter Trout Fishing
Trout fishing in winter provides challenges, but also a very high quality trout fishing experience. In winter, streams are different and so are trout. This indoor activity will provide you with an understanding of trout streams in winter.
Sunday, January 12
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Golden Eagle Program
Scott Mehus of the National Eagle Center 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 p.m. Wintering Golden Eagle Survey Training
Scott Mehus of the National Eagle Center will host this training session to prepare volunteers of the January 18th Wintering Golden Eagle Survey. There will be an indoor classroom portion and an outdoor session practicing golden eagle identification in the field. Sign up at firstname.lastname@example.org or 507-932-3007 ext 226.
Saturday, January 18
1:30-4 p.m. Take A Kid Ice Fishing
Meet at the Visitor Center before we head to West Newton near Weaver Bottoms on the Mississippi River. All equipment will be provided. Bring your own transportation and dress for the weather. Fishing license requirements are waived for this special family event. Space is limited. To sign up, email email@example.com or call 507-932-3007 ext 226.
Sunday, January 19
6-8 p.m. Full Moon Owl Prowl
See description for December 21.
Saturday, January 25
10 a.m.-12 p.m. CCC Tour by Snowshoe
Tour historic Civilian Conservation Corps structures in the park. Depending on snow accumulations, we’ll either hike or snowshoe. Bring your own snowshoes or borrow the park’s.
Saturday, February 1
10 a.m.-12 p.m. Winter Wonderland Photography
Join Master Naturalist volunteer, Dave Schulz, for a chance to explore the winter landscape of the park and practice your photography skills. Equipment will be provided. Parents must accompany children.
Fridays, February 7, 14, 21 & 28
10 a.m.-12 p.m. Friday Frolics on Snowshoes
Join us each Friday afternoon throughout the month of February for outdoor exploration on snowshoes. Bring your own snowshoes or use the park’s. Please call ahead if you plan to bring a large group.
Saturday, February 8
10 a.m.-12 p.m. Geo-caching by Snowshoe
Learn how to use a GPS unit to find hidden treasures called geo-caches. Bring your own GPS unit and snowshoes or borrow the park’s! Depending on the snow accumulations, we’ll either hike or snowshoe to find a geo-cache at the park.
Saturday, February 15
6-8 p.m. Full Moon Snowshoe
We’ll begin at the Visitor Center with a brief astronomy presentation and then head outside to view the celestial skies under a full moon. Depending on snow accumulations, we’ll either hike or snowshoe. Bring your own snowshoes or borrow the park’s.
Sunday, February 23
9 a.m.-12 p.m. Pioneer Home Cross Country Ski
Join us at the Whitewater Valley Visitor Center for a brief introduction before we caravan into the Whitewater Wildlife Management Area to cross country ski the 1.6 mile former stage coach trail to the stone Marnach House. Bring your own skis. Reservations are required. To sign up, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 507-932-3007 ext 226.
To check on winter program cancellations due to hazardous road conditions or winter weather alerts, contact the park office at email@example.com or 507-932-3007 ext 226.