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 Interpretive Programs

Effective March 1, 2013, the Salato Center will charge an admission fee. The hiking trails, fishing lakes, and picnic areas remain open free of charge. Please click here for further information.

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We love Kentucky wildlife and want to tell you everything about it! ...but most groups can't stay that long. "Interpretive" programs are designed to bring a simple topic to life by making it personal, revealing, and engaging. Interpretive programs spark the imagination, hold attention, and stimulate a desire to learn more.

The Salato Center is happy to offer several interpretive programs to school groups in grades K-12. Programs regularly offered include Reptiles, Mammals, Birds of Prey, Aquatic Ecosystems, and Human Impacts on Wildlife. Descriptions of each program are below. Some programs are dependant on weather and staff availability. Each program lasts approximately 30-minutes, and time will be allowed for children to ask questions at the end. All programs focus on native Kentucky species and habitats. Every effort will be made to cater the program to the age and abilities of your students. Programs are offered Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:00, 10:00, and 11:00 a.m. Indoor facilities are available in case of inclement weather. To help ensure a quality learning environment, no more than 50 students may be scheduled within a given time slot.

Kentucky Reptiles: Reptiles include snakes, lizards and turtles. They all have common characteristics known as adaptations. These features help reptiles to survive. Students will learn how to classify creatures as reptiles based on their adaptations. This program uses live animals as well as plenty of shells, skins, and other props. The focus is on these unique traits, the distinction between venomous and non-venomous species, common myths, and much more!

Kentucky Mammals: All mammals have special features that allow them to survive in their environment. Biologists classify mammals into groups based on these adaptations or by their diet. This program involves interaction with lots of furs, bones, teeth, and photos! Students will gain insight into some of Kentucky's native mammals and their habitats. We encourage students to look closely at the mammals living in their own backyard and here at Salato.

Kentucky Birds of Prey: Birds of prey include owls, hawks, eagles and falcons. They share common features which biologists use to classify them. The birds use their hooked beaks and talons to catch and hold prey. Their unique features allow them to survive in their environment. This program features one or more live animals, as well as feathers, egg replicas, feet, and skulls.

Aquatic Ecosystems: All living things need water to survive and Kentucky is no exception! The state is home to many different aquatic ecosystems with a variety of wildlife and plants! This program takes a look at the interactions that take place between plants, wildlife and their habitats. Students will learn about the roles that non-living things play in an environment as well. Teachers can visit the Dragonfly Marsh, the Living Stream, fishing lakes, or the ephemeral streams and sinkhole while here.

Human Impacts on Wildlife (Middle or High School): Every day we make choices about the environment and sometimes these choices can bring about unexpected changes. Wildlife can then end up suffering from this. How do we choose between choices that might cause harm to either humans or nature? Nature has its own natural methods of checks and balances. This program takes a look at the risks and benefits of human involvement and wildlife management. Students will learn what they can do to support healthy wildlife populations.