Department of Fish and Wildlife
Go Wild During Spring Break With Programs At The Salato Wildlife Education Center
Salato Wildlife Education Center staff April 6-10 for daily nature-related activities and programs for all ages. The Salato Center in Frankfort makes it fun for kids and their families to enjoy spring break. If you’re not careful, you just might learn more about nature as well.
Take a close look at some of our resident reptiles during our Reptile Rendezvous from 2 – 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 6. Kids can get an up close, hands-on program to learn more about Kentucky’s native reptiles. This program is free.
Join us for a Pond Prowl from 10 a.m. – noon Wednesday, April 7. Kids can explore our Dragonfly Marsh and discover aquatic insects, tadpoles and small fish. Be sure to bring your enthusiasm and old clothes for this one. This free program is for ages 6 and up.
At 2 p.m. Thursday, April 8, kids can learn more about our feathered friends during our Beaky Birds program. Kentucky is home to many types of birds - and during this program, we’ll learn which birds live in your backyard and which birds come out at night. Kids will even get a chance to see a few of our owls. This program is free.
Join us for the Kid’s Hike program from 10 – 11:30 a.m. Friday, April 9. The hike will take place on our Habitrek trail, which is not stroller accessible. We will take an exploratory hike as we search for animal homes, early spring wildflowers, insects and other treasures of nature. Bring your own water and be sure to wear appropriate shoes. This program is free.
Finally, join us from 10 a.m. – noon Saturday, April 10, for a digital discovery hike. There is a fee for this program. Kids can explore native ecosystems through the lens of a camera, learning more about nature while having plenty of fun and creating lasting memories. We provide cameras to all participants. The program, for ages 7 – 12, is limited to 10 kids. Digital hikers will receive a CD of the images they capture. The cost is $10. Register by calling the Salato Center at 1-800-858-1549.
All program times are Eastern Daylight Time.
The Salato Center has a variety of native animals for the public to see, including a black bear, bobcats, elk, deer, bison, eagles, snakes and fish. The Center has numerous indoor exhibits and miles of hiking trails open to the public. Fishing is available at two lakes. While some programs may require a registration fee, general admission to the Salato Center is free.
For more information, call 1-800-858-1549, ext. 4445. Learn more about upcoming events at the Salato Center on the Internet at fw.ky.gov. The Salato Center, operated by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, is located at the department’s headquarters on U.S. 60 in Frankfort, 1.5 miles west of U.S. 127. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. The Center is closed Sundays, Mondays and state holidays.