April 2-6 Spring Break Fun
Kids can learn what it’s like to become wildlife during a special series of spring break programs April 2-6.at the Salato Wildlife Education Center in Frankfort.
In honor of Salato’s newest resident – a rambunctious male bobcat that arrived in February – kids can attend Bobcat Boot Camp throughout the week. Kids can pit their athletic prowess against the abilities of a bobcat by seeing if they can jump as far or walk as silently across sticks and leaves.
Kids also can bring out their inner amphibian on the frog course or become a bear and experience a culvert trap. These programs are being offered throughout the day.
Families might get a close look at some surprise animal visitors as well. You never know when a Salato employee will bring out a snake for kids to touch – or arrive with an owl perched on a gloved hand.
Salato’s attractions include a bear, two bobcats, turkeys, deer, an eagle, a flying squirrel, bison, elk and a variety of birds. The newly constructed raptor aviary will give the bird on display a chance to spread its wings.
Other natural attractions include a marsh, a waterfall to walk underneath and miles of hiking trails ranging from easy to moderate.
If the weather is cold, visitors can warm up in the center itself. Inside attractions include a giant live snapping turtle, Kentucky’s most dangerous snakes, aquariums with some oversized native fish, a window wall to watch the birds outside and educational displays featuring wildlife and fish.
The Salato Center is operated by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. The center is located off U.S. 60, approximately 1 ½ miles west of the U.S. 127 intersection. Look for the bronze deer statue at the entrance of the main Kentucky Fish and Wildlife campus.
Admission is $4 for adults and $2 for youth 5 to 18. Children under 5 are admitted free. The center also offers annual memberships for individuals and families.