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Some indoor exhibits will be closed beginning June 19, 2023, to prepare for a new exhibit coming this fall. Construction will be ongoing. We apologize for any inconvenience. This closure will not impact outdoor animal exhibits.
A visit to the Salato Wildlife Education Center is both educational and entertaining! It is a great way to observe animals and feel connected to Kentucky’s wildlife. Click for more information about
directions and bus parking or
shelter reservations. Please read over all field trip information BEFORE scheduling. All field trips are currently self-guided only. Feel free to
call us with any questions you may have.
Please be on time! If you have scheduled a special program, please make every effort to arrive early so we can start at your scheduled time. To save time, large groups (40 or more) may use the restrooms at the nearby picnic shelters in addition to those inside the center. If you arrive late, it may be necessary to adjust your program to fit into the remaining time. We reserve the right to cancel programs for any group which arrives 15-minutes or more late, but you are still welcome to tour the center as a self-guided group. Please call and cancel your reservation if you do not intend to come.
Arrival: Before entering, a teacher should check in at the admissions desk and let us know 1) how many children and 2) how many adults you are paying for. Parents or siblings paying separately should check in on their own upon arrival. If fewer people are with you than initially intended, the school will be issued a refund for the amount overpaid, if it is over $25. We do not issue refunds for $25 or less. Refund checks will be mailed and take approximately three weeks.
PAYMENT IS DUE UPON ARRIVAL. No purchase orders. Do not pre-mail checks.
Instructions for Booking a Field Trip: After reviewing all of the field trip options above, you are ready to Schedule Your Field Trip Online. The Visitor Calendar shows availabilities a month at a time. You can change months by clicking on the link at the top of the page. Self-guided group tours may be booked most days when the Center is open. Classroom programs, if available, will appear as an option in the “Arrival Time” dropdown menu. These programs are limited to groups with between 10 and 70 participants. Special events and staffing may impact availability. We recommend booking well in advance to reserve your desired spot.
You'll be given the opportunity to reserve a picnic shelter at the end of the scheduling processor you may
click here to schedule now.
Reservations can be changed up until 48 hours before the day of your reservation.
No refunds will be given under the amount of $25. This money will be donated to KDFWR