Whitewater State Park program schedule


All programs and events meet at the Whitewater Valley Visitor Center unless otherwise noted.

Nature Time at the Beach

Thursday, August 1, 1-2 p.m.

Hey kids! Join a naturalist at the beach for a fun, hands-on nature activity each Thursday and Friday through Labor Day weekend. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Nature Time at the Beach

Friday, August 2, 1-2 p.m.

Hey kids! Join a naturalist at the beach for a fun, hands-on nature activity each Thursday and Friday through Labor Day weekend. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

The Buzz on Bees

Friday, August 2, 7-8 p.m.

Did you know there are more than 20,000 bee species in the world (Minnesota has around 400 species)? Come learn about these amazing little insects that play a critical role in the production of our food supply. Learn how you can help provide habitat and food sources for our native bees and make your very own bee house to take home. Bring your own plastic pop/water bottle to make a recycled bee home.

Fossil Field Trip

Saturday, August 3, 10a.m. to 12 p.m.

On this trip you will find, and can keep, fossils of plants and animals that lived in the park hundreds of millions of years ago. They were on earth long before the dinosaurs! What can they tell people about this area’s past? Fossil cards, to display your collection, will be distributed. Bring transportation, as the site is nine miles from the park.

Mini Monsters at the Beach

Saturday, August 3, 1-2 p.m.

Meet at the beach and be ready to get wet and wild as nets are used to search for some of Whitewater’s miniature water monsters! Find out about the interesting critters we share the swimming hole with.

Snakes of the Bluff Lands

Saturday, August 3, 4-5 p.m.

Sixteen of Minnesota’s 17 kinds of snakes live in the bluff lands. Learn how people can live, work and recreate in the area and still conserve these awesome creatures. Bring a camera for a picture of your loved one touching a live snake!

POW camp tour

Saturday, August 3, 6-7 p.m.

Did you know that Whitewater State Park once was home to German POWs? How did they pass their time when they were here? Did they cause problems? Did they escape? Join for a presentation at the visitor center to learn the answers to these questions and more. Following the presentation, the group will drive to visit the site of the former camp. Bring transportation.

Intro to Trout Fishing

Sunday, August 4, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Meet at the South Picnic Area for a fun time fishing. Equipment will be provided. 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 2.

Theater in the Park (A Whitewater State Park Centennial event)

Sunday, August 4, 4-5 p.m.

Meet at the meadow (parking available in meadow lot or Nature Store lot) to help celebrate 100 years of Whitewater State Park. Discover how the relationship between the people and the land in the Whitewater Valley has changed over the past 200 years. Hear stories from those who actually lived, worked and played there. This play will be performed outdoors in the meadow, where the historical pageants were once held in the 1930s and 1940s. Bring a blanket to sit on. In case of rain, the location will be moved to the main picnic shelter.

To check on program cancellations due to poor weather conditions, call the park at 507-312-2300 or check online for cancellations on the state park event calendar.

If you need an accommodation, please contact Sara at sara.holger@state.mn.us or 507-312-2300, two weeks prior to the event.


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