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Whitewater programs (08/08/2004)
All programs, unless otherwise noted, begin at the Whitewater Valley Visitor Center (Park Office).

Friday, August 13

8-9p.m. Frog Love Songs Fill the Air - From early spring through summer the songs of Bluffland frogs and toads add to our outdoor experiences. From huge bullfrogs on the Mississippi to gray tree frogs high in the trees, this is an interesting and diverse lot. Join us as we make a frog chorus ourselves and get to know the frogs of the area! Learn of the rare frog just rediscovered in this county! Want to catch a tadpole?

Saturday, August 14

10:30-11:30a.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 reasons!

12:30-2:30p.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.

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 beach.

***The following program will be presented in Houston Minnesota at the Houston Nature Center, 215 W. Plum St. (For information call 507-896-4668) ***

7-8p.m. Timber Rattlesnake A Threatened or Threatening Species - Yes, timber rattlesnakes do live around Houston. How dangerous are they? Why is the timber rattlesnake classified as a threatened species? How can rattlesnake and people encounters be reduced without reducing snake populations? How many sightings have there been near Houston this summer? Get to know this animal at this evening's program featuring slides and a live timber rattlesnake presented by Whitewater State Park Naturalist Dave Palmquist.

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.

You can help support Minnesota State Parks Interpretive and Resource Management Programs by shopping at the Nature Store. The Nature Store, _ mile south of the visitor center on Highway 74, offers books, post cards, T-shirts, mugs, wildlife posters, relaxation tapes and much more. The Nature Store will be open the following hours: Tuesday - Sunday 9a.m.- 4:30 p.m. 


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