FRANKFORT, Ky. (2/20/13) – You might live in Kentucky for years and still not see all the wildlife you'll observe in just one afternoon at the Salato Wildlife Education Center in Frankfort.
The Salato Center, which has remained closed for the winter, reopens March 1 with sights and activities for the whole family to enjoy. "Salato is a great place to stretch your legs and have some fun," said Laurie Davison, the center's director. "Where else can you walk underneath a waterfall, climb into a simulated eagle's nest, hatch from an egg and see a black bear or rattlesnake up close?"
Later in March, employees will debut Salato's newest resident: a spunky bobcat that's full of energy.
Salato is a must-see stop for school groups and visitors checking out the sights around Kentucky's capitol city. Kids can burn off that excess energy while learning more about the outdoors. Visitors can marvel at native fish, turtles and trout swimming in the center's aquariums, or see elk, deer, turkey, bison, owls, an eagle, quail and more.
"Kids really love walking through the giant fish, putting on the beekeeper's outfit and using nets to scoop up fish from our simulated shocking boat," Davison said. "Families also enjoy getting off the paved paths and walking through the woods. We have four miles of trails to explore."
The Salato Center is operated by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. The center is located off U.S. 60, approximately 1 1/2 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.
Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Salato is closed on Sunday, Monday and state holidays.
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.
Information provided by Seth Stewart
Photo provided by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife
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