Department of Fish and Wildlife
Salato Wildlife Education Center reopens for its 20th anniversary on March 3
Ky. – The Salato Wildlife Education Center in Frankfort shakes off hibernation
and reopens for its 20th year March 3.
The center has added two new
additions to its collection: a groundhog and a kestrel. These animals
will be on display occasionally, and during program events.
The kestrel, which
is also known as a sparrow hawk, is actually the smallest falcon found in North
America. While the kestrel is the smallest falcon, the groundhog is one of
Kentucky’s largest rodents. The staff at Salato has worked with both during the
past year in preparation for programs at the center.
Visitors can get
an up close and personal look at Salato’s newest additions, as well as a look
at some other animals during its Meet a Critter event being held from 11 a.m.
until noon (Eastern time) March 7.
Other events on
the Salato calendar include a nature crafts workshop for visitors from 2-3 p.m.
(Eastern) March 14; Serpent Saturday April 11; and the annual Earth Day
celebration April 25.
The Salato Center is operated by the Kentucky
Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. The center is located off U.S. 60,
approximately 1 ½ miles west of the U.S. 127 intersection at 1 Sportsman’s
Lane. Look for the bronze deer statue at the entrance of the main Kentucky Fish
and Wildlife campus.
Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Eastern) Tuesday
through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Eastern) Saturday. Salato is closed on
Sundays, Mondays and state holidays. For more information, contact the
center at (502) 564-7863 or 1-800-858-1549.
Admission is $4 for adults and $2 for youth 5 to
18. Children under 5 are admitted free. Annual memberships for individuals are
available for $20 while annual family memberships can be purchased for $30.