Things To Do

Wildlife Watching

State parks and surrounding areas offer natural habitat to hundreds of animal species. In any visit, you are very likely to encounter some wildlife. Being knowledgeable about the wildlife, their behaviors and habitats will help in knowing where to go, what to look for and when to adjust your behavior to ensure a peaceful, fun experience for all.

Tips for respecting wildlife and viewing them safely

  • Keep a safe distance and stay alert - if the animal changes its behavior, appears startled or notices you, you are too close.
  • Never approach or attempt to touch wildlife! Use binoculars and zoom lenses to observe and photograph wildlife from a safe distance.
  • Do not follow or chase animals and do not let children or pets do this either. If the animal is moving away from you, it is a sign that they need more space.
  • Never feed wildlife, no matter how small or accustomed they are. Human food is unhealthy for the animals and this practice makes the dependent on people for food, often detrimental to their survival.
  • Never stop or block traffic. If you spot wildlife while driving, avoid stopping abruptly. Look for a place where you can slowly and fully pull off the road to park.
  • Keep pets in the vehicle or secured on a leash at a long distance, as they may frighten or provoke wildlife.


State Parks that have Wildlife Watching