Welcome to the Salato Wildlife Education Center! From the lush, eastern mountains to rolling prairies... from lowland marshes to clear running streams... you'll experience Kentucky's diverse regional ecosystems and the wealth of fish, plants, and animals that make this their home.
Whether you have an hour or the whole day at the KDFWR Headquarters and the Salato Wildlife Education Center, you'll have fun and learn something, too. Plus, you may choose to participate in a variety of scheduled programs, activities, and workshops. So pack a lunch, gather your fishing gear - don't forget the kids and camera - and come visit! There's a lot to see and do!
Inside, experience our Eastern Forest Diorama, get up close to live snakes and giant turtles, learn about restored species through hands-on, interactive displays and computer programs, and wonder at native fish in large aquariums!
Outside, follow our paved, wheelchair accessible trails to see eagles, bison, bears, and more in large, natural habitats. Visit the Dragonfly Marsh, stroll among one of several native plant gardens and habitats, or take a day hike on one of our hiking trails. There's something here for everyone, and we're growing!
The Salato Center is located on the grounds of the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Resources Headquarters. From I-64 at Frankfort, take exit 53B to US 127 north and travel 1.5 miles to US 60. Turn left and drive 1.7 miles west on US 60 to the entrance of the KDFWR on the right. Turn right into the complex and proceed ahead 0.5 miles to the Salato Wildlife Education Center. Please drive carefully.Get directions
Relevant fish licenses required.