The public have an opportunity to learn about the diverse population of reptiles and amphibians living near the Minnesota River, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.


Minnesota DNR staff will lead a reptile and amphibian hike at Kasota Prairie Scientific and Natural Area on June 21. Kasota Prairie SNA is home to small areas of wetland, rock outcrop and woodland in addition to its namesake prairie.


“Kasota Prairie SNA has more to offer than wildflowers,” said DNR SNA specialist Brad Bolduan. “Its surface bedrock also contributes to a diverse population of reptiles there.”


Bolduan and DNR herpetologist Jeff LeClere will lead the Friday morning walk and present information on reptiles and amphibians inhabiting Kasota Prairie SNA.


“This is a good opportunity for people to learn about the wildlife in the area,” said Bolduan. “We welcome people of all experience levels to participate.”


Participants are encouraged to plan ahead since there are no restrooms or drinking water at the site. The two-hour walk will take place rain or shine, so hikers should dress for the weather and wear long pants and hiking footwear. The walk will begin at 10:00 a.m.