Salato Wildlife Education Center is off I-64 exit 53B; take US 127 1.5 mi. n. to US 60, then 1.5 mi. w. to 1 Sportsmans Ln. in the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources Headquarters Complex. The center includes indoor and outdoor exhibits focusing on Kentucky’s native fish and wildlife.
Indoors, a mountain stream and native foliage are settings for butterflies, rattlesnakes, raccoons and birds in the Eastern Forest diorama, while frogs and toads occupy another area. The Living Bee Tree provides a look at honeybees busily working. Other exhibits feature venomous snakes, an aquarium with native fish, and wildlife that have been successfully returned to the state.
Outdoors, paved accessible trails lead to natural exhibits housing such non-releasable animals as black bears, bobcats, bald eagles, elk, white-tail deer and buffalo. The Pea Ridge and HabiTrek trails wind through woods and fields and offer varying lengths of hikes. Fishing lakes are available onsite.