Frankfort, KY – The Salato Wildlife Education Center in Frankfort will close its doors for the winter beginning Dec. 11. The center, which is operated by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, will reopen on Valentines Day, Feb. 14.
“Winter visitation is generally low, so we have a seasonal closure to work on new exhibits and prepare programs for the year ahead,” said Laurie Davison, the Salato Center’s manager. “We will also be updating several of our older indoor exhibits and nailing down plans for future major exhibits.”
Work will begin during the seasonal closure on the center’s new outdoor prairie exhibit. This exhibit will include a walk-through aviary, interactive features and a giant quail egg for kids to “hatch” themselves. The entire project has a project completion date in March.
The Salato Center has a variety of native animals for the public to see, including a black bear, an eagle, bobcats, elk, deer, bison, snakes and fish. The 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.
For more information, call 1-800-858-1549, ext. 4445. Learn more about upcoming events at the Salato Center on the Internet at fw.ky.gov.
The Salato Center is located on the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife campus at #1 Sportsman’s Lane (formerly #1 Game Farm Road), off U.S. 60 in Frankfort, 1.7 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.