Sunday, May 5, 2013

Salato Wildlife Education Center--A Fun Place to Visit!

We recently visited the Salato Wildlife Education Center in Frankfort, KY.  This is run by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources without any general tax dollars! We had read about it online before we went, but really were really surprised at just how nice of a place it is!  The grounds are beautiful and peaceful.  There are two fishing lakes and hiking trails.
Salato Wildlife Center

The fishing lakes are open from dawn till dusk and are fully stocked.  You can fish for free with a Kentucky fishing license (which may be purchased there).  Children under 16 do not need a license.  My girls had a fun time fishing and were able to catch many fish.  You do need your own bait, but you may check out poles and tackle free of charge that the Salato Center.

The indoor exhibits were very interesting and engaged the children.  The exhibits include:

"Get on Board" Fisheries Exhibit
Eastern Forest Diorama
Frogs of Kentucky
Kentuckians Before Boone
Kentucky Record Fish
Living Bee Tree
Restored Species of Kentucky
Venomous Snakes of Kentucky
Warm Water Aquarium

Salato Wildlife Center
Indoor exhibits
They had a few hands on activities for the children as well as a Backyard Habitat Viewing Area.  Just in that area alone we saw turtles, chipmunks, frogs and numerous birds.

We were in for a treat when we walked outside to see the outdoor exhibits.  It was like a mini zoo, in the midst of a true natural habitat.  The exhibits included:

Bald Eagle
Bison
Black Bear
Bluegrass Prairie Exhibit
Budding Biologist Corner
Cove Forest
Dragonfly Marsh
Elk

 Habitat Exhibits and Gardens

Dragonfly Marsh
Oak Hickory Forest
Cove Forest
Bluegrass Prairie Exhibit
Wet Meadow
Oak Hickory Forest
Raptor Aviary and Weathering Area
The Living Stream
White Tailed Deer
"Wildcats"

Salato Wildlife Center
Pond life, black bears, elk and waterfalls

There is a small fee to tour the Wildlife Center, but it is well worth it.  To walk around the grounds and fish is free.

Rates:
Adults -$4.00
Youth (5 to 18) - $2.00
Children under 5 – free

Scheduled school groups and chaperones - $2.00/person (age 5 and older)

Annual Memberships:
Individual - $20
Family - $30 (includes all members of the immediate family)
Friend Membership - $50 (family and 5 guests)

Salato Wildlife Center, Kentucky Wildlife
Bald Eagle, pretending to be baby Bald Eagles, Learning about the Ecosystem
Salato Wildlife Center, Kentucky Wildlife
Pond life, wild turkeys, bobcat
Plan on spending several hours visiting the wildlife center and hiking the trails.  Be sure to pack a picnic lunch to enjoy on the grounds--there are plenty of picnic tables around!

To learn more, please visit: http://fw.ky.gov/Navigation.aspx?cid=130


4 comments:

francis485 said...

wow what great pictures, i would love to go there, looks like so much fun , i like that they had so much to see, we are going by that way this summer so that might have to be a stop for us, thanks for the great post

Dawn said...

One of our very favorite places! Can't wait til school is out so we can have a Salato day! :)

Terri Weeks said...

I have not explored the Frankfort area yet, but it is less than a 2 hour drive for us, so I am putting it on my list. Looks fun!

Remus said...

What awesome pictures! I would love to go there and see all of those things... especially the warm water aquarium

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