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Kentucky Personnel Cabinet accepting entries for 2020 Public Service Recognition Poster contest

The Kentucky Personnel Cabinet is accepting entries for the 2020 Public Service Recognition Poster contest. The annual contest combines visual arts and education by encouraging students across Kentucky to craft colorful works of art as they explore the various roles and value of public service. The 2019 first-place winning poster in age group 6-9 by Maya Muñoz (Image from Kentucky Personnel Cabinet) “This...

Public auction of surplus, confiscated items set for Oct. 28 at Fish and Wildlife headquarters in Frankfort

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources will conduct its fall public auction of surplus and confiscated items on Oct. 28 at department headquarters in Frankfort. Surplus auction items include four-wheel-drive Chevrolet, Ford and Dodge trucks, Yamaha all-terrain vehicles, ATV trailers, Boston Whaler boats with Mercury motors, aluminum canoes, jon boats and more. Bidding on surplus items...

Salato Wildlife Education Center celebrates monarch butterfly’s annual migration south on Sept. 7

Special programs at the Salato Wildlife Education Center in Frankfort will celebrate the beginning of the monarch butterfly’s annual migration south. Participants can learn more about these valuable pollinators and receive expertise and advice on gardening for Kentucky’s native pollinators on Sept. 7 at the Salato Center. Special programs at the Salato Wildlife Education Center in Frankfort will...

State Fair coming up; check out the informative, fun Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Resources area

Take a selfie with a bear at the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources’ Bear Wise Exhibit. See some critters. Meet “Kentucky Afield” Television Host Chad Miles. Check out the department’s colorful new prescribed burn truck and equipment. There’s a lot to do when you visit the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife booth at the Kentucky State Fair Aug. 15-25. Follow the crowds to the Main...

Salato Sampler fundraiser celebrates 16th year with The Whiskey Bent Valley Boys June 1

Enjoy the best of Kentucky’s food and drink while supporting the Salato Wildlife Education Center at the 16th annual Salato Sampler in Frankfort from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 1. In addition to tasting the world’s finest bourbons, guests can enjoy locally produced food from Kentucky Proud vendors, including smoked pork, fried catfish and blue snapper (Asian carp). The Sampler also offers local...

Kids can trick-or-treat at Salato Wildlife Education Center’s ‘Halloween Walk with the Animals’ on Oct. 27

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources encourages youngsters – and the young at heart – to put on their costumes and join the Salato Wildlife Education Center staff in Frankfort for the best trick-or-treat experience in town on Oct. 27. Salato’s annual Halloween Walk with the Animals event features child-friendly activities including a hay bale maze, “Creatures of the Night”...

Rare two-headed copperhead snake finds home at KF&W’s Salato Wildlife Education Center

A two-headed copperhead snake born in the wild less than one month ago is now in the care of the Salato Wildlife Education Center and will be available for limited public viewing at the facility in Frankfort. A Leslie County couple donated the rare snake for educational purposes after discovering it in their yard this month. “I may encounter a two-headed snake in the wild every two or three years...

Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing celebrates 35 years of service Oct. 7

The Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (KCDHH) will celebrate its 35th anniversary Saturday, Oct. 7, at Salato Wildlife Center, 1 Game Farm Road, in Frankfort with a variety of fun and informative activities for the public from 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. The free event includes a corn hole tournament, fishing and a bouncy house. Food will be available for purchase from 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. Before...

Annual Salato Sampler fundraiser for wildlife education center featuring Kentucky Proud set

Sample the best of Kentucky’s food and drink at the Salato Sampler in Frankfort from 6 to 9 p.m. (Eastern) Saturday, June 3. Guests can enjoy locally produced food, including smoked pork and fried catfish, while sampling the world’s finest bourbons, local wines and beers. The event, held annually at the Salato Wildlife Education Center in Frankfort, will also feature live bluegrass music. The Kentucky...

Salato Wildlife Education Center opening for season on March 1 with new bobcat exhibit

The Salato Wildlife Education Center in Frankfort warms up for another seasonal reopening March 1. Bring the entire family and come see the native species of Kentucky all in one place. Inside look at various exhibits of snakes, turtles, frogs and fish – and learn more about them with a free audio tour. Follow the exhibit trail outside to view larger animals such as a black bear, deer, bison,...

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Pair of land donations provide funds for Conservation Camp upgrades

By Lee McClellan Special to KyForward The sale of donated land in McLean County and around Beaver Lake in Anderson County helped provide the funds to begin construction of a new dining hall at Camp John Currie on Kentucky Lake beginning this August. This is just one example of the positive impact donated lands can have on conservation education in Kentucky. “Our camps have been around since the...

Toyota plows ahead with new production engineering building on Georgetown campus

  In addition to breaking ground on Toyota’s new production engineering building in Georgetown, Tuesday’s ceremony included the donation of three vehicles to area nonprofit organizations. (Photo by Helena Hau/Toyota)   Sometimes a shovel just doesn’t cut it.   To break ground on its new production engineering building in Georgetown, Toyota called in a pro – 2015 TRD...

Memorial to honor former Salato Wildlife Education Center director set for Aug. 14

A memorial ceremony to honor former Salato Wildlife Education Center Director Laurie Davison will be held at the center in Frankfort at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 14.   Davison, who managed the Salato Center for the past 15 years, drowned last month while vacationing in South Carolina.   A memorial service for former Salato Center manager Laurie Davison will be held Aug. 14 (Facebook Photo) She...

State’s Salato Wildlife Education Center set for later opening this Saturday

The Salato Wildlife Education Center in Frankfort will open at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 18.   The center is normally open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Salato is closed on Sunday, Monday and state holidays.   Except for select events, admission is $4 for adults and $2 for youth 5 to 18. Children under 5 are admitted free. The center also offers...

State's Salato Wildlife Education Center set for later opening this Saturday

The Salato Wildlife Education Center in Frankfort will open at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 18.   The center is normally open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Salato is closed on Sunday, Monday and state holidays.   Except for select events, admission is $4 for adults and $2 for youth 5 to 18. Children under 5 are admitted free. The center also offers...

Salato Wildlife Education Center ends winter break, will reopen for 20th year on March 3

The Salato Wildlife Education Center in Frankfort shakes off hibernation and reopens for its 20th year on March 3.   The center has added two new additions to its collection: a groundhog and a kestrel. These animals will be on display occasionally, and during program events.   The Salato Center’s Geoff Roberts and the red-tailed hawk are preparing for opening day on Tuesday, March 3...

Toyota volunteers spend another National Public Lands Day working at Salato center

More than 100 volunteers from Toyota’s Volunteers Across America helped make improvements at Salato Wildlife Education Center in Frankfort on National Public Lands Day. (Photo from Toyota)   Tree planting and painting were among a long list of completed projects following Toyota’s annual volunteer day at the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Salato Wildlife Education Center...

Toyota employees, families volunteer for the fourth year to improve Salato wildlife center

This is the fourth year in a row that 100 volunteers from Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky have worked planting trees and other activities at Salato Wildlife Education Center. (Photo from TMMK)   Power tools, paint brushes and rakes will be tree planting and site improvement tools of the trade for Toyota on Sunday, Oct. 5, when about 100 volunteers show up to work on the Salato Wildlife Education...

Betsy Waters: August may bring back school, but still great fun for family on the weekends

Aidan and Keenan Waters enjoy last year’s University of Kentucky football fan day. (Photo by B. Waters)   Summer still has lots of fun to offer families in Central Kentucky. School is starting back, but there are still lots of great events throughout the Bluegrass to enjoy like an Aviation Education Expo, Wildcat Fan Day, a tomato festival and outdoor activities at Salato.   It’s...

The public's sixth annual opportunity to help Reforest Frankfort is Saturday at Salato

One of the first blue skies at Salato Wildlife Education Center is featured in this March photograph. (Photo from Salato)   The sixth annual Reforest Frankfort event Saturday, April 5, will be held at the Salato Wildlife Education Center in Frankfort from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and admission into the center will be free.   Reforest Frankfort has become a staple event in the community that the...