Self-Guided Tours

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

PAYMENT IS DUE UPON ARRIVAL (no Purchase orders, please).

Groups are also welcome to visit us at any time during normal operating hours without advance scheduling. If you chose to guide your group yourself, we suggest you prepare them ahead of time to get the most out of it. To assist you, call to request an Interpretive Brochure to Salato’s outdoor exhibits, an exhibit map, and other materials specific to the Center and to Kentucky wildlife.

To assure a quality learning experience, we suggest that you divide large groups into smaller groups of 25-30 students each, and have them begin their tour at different areas of the Center. There is no "right or wrong" starting place! For example, one group might start with the indoor exhibits while another begins outdoors with the Mixed Mesophytic Forest. If time allows, you may take your group fishing at the Fishing Lakes, conveniently located just outside the Salato Center.

The Habitrek Trail is a short, kid-friendly hiking trail beginning between the Bobcat Exhibit and the Dragonfly Marsh. Teachers may use this trail for hands-on experiential teaching in a real forest and prairie habitat. The Habitrek Trail is a primitive dirt trail and is not wheelchair or stroller accessible.