Learn more about the benefits of native plants during Habitat Day Sept. 10 at the Salato Wildlife Education Center in Frankfort The free event runs 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Habitat Day features guest speakers who will provide valuable tips about attracting native wildlife to your backyard. The event includes a special sale of native plants at the Salato Center picnic shelters.
Experienced Salato staff and volunteers will be available to answer questions and offer advice on planting with natives. Participants can earn a free plant by filling out a “Habitat Bingo Card” once they have visited various ecosystems located throughout the grounds.
From 1-2 p.m., Sunni Carr will discuss the importance of native habitats. From 2-3 p.m., Roberta Burnes will explain how plants are bio-indicators for ecosystems.
Kids can learn how to help habitat at “The Potting Station,” where they will plant a seed or small native plant to take home to grow.
The Salato Center has a variety of native animals for the public to see, including a black bear, bobcats, elk, deer, bison, eagles, snakes and fish. The Salato Center has numerous indoor exhibits and miles of hiking trails open to the public. Fishing is available at two lakes. While some programs may require a registration fee, general admission to the Salato Center is free.
Learn more about upcoming events at the Salato Center on the Internet at fw.ky.gov. The Salato Center, operated by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, is located at the department’s headquarters on U.S. 60 in Frankfort, 1.5 miles west of U.S. 127. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. The Salato Center is closed Sundays, Mondays and state holidays.