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Lake Dardanelle Programming for August, Cultural Celebration, and Labor day Weekend
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Lake Dardanelle Programming for August, Cultural Celebration, and Labor day Weekend

Tuesdays and Saturdays at 1:30 pm – What’s for Lunch? –We have 8,000 gallons of aquariums, filled with many of the fish species found in Lake Dardanelle. Join park staff, as they feed the fish live food. See for yourself, what’s for lunch?

Saturdays at 1:45p.m. – Critter Crunch – Lake Dardanelle’s diverse habitats provide homes for many creatures large and small. Join a park interpreter in the kid’s corner of the visitor center as she tells you about some of the smaller creatures. She will also be feeding these creatures; so come discover the small native wonders we have around us.

Friday, August 2nd

6:30p.m. – Trail of Tears Video – Native Americans, removed from their homes, made decisions here that changed their lives. For this reason, Lake Dardanelle State Park is a registered Trail of Tears site. Join park staff in the orientation room to get a glimpse of what life on the trail was like for those who traveled it. The new video “Trail of Tears” is wonderfully made video about a truly dark time in Cherokee history as well as U.S. history.

Saturday, August 3rd

10a.m. – Fish Prints – Lake Dardanelle’s fishery is healthy and diverse. We’ll be using the fishery as inspiration to make some beautiful creations.  Meet a park interpreter in the grassy area across from the visitor center to create some fishy art.

12:30p.m. - Adaptation Artistry- Birds have many special adaptations that make them especially suited for the area they live in. Explore some of these adaptations. Meet a park interpreter in the grassy area across from the visitor center where we will create birds of our own with their own special adaptations and create a habitat for our special friend.

3p.m. – Wearable Water Cycle – As the Arkansas River journeys through Lake Dardanelle it continually shapes the land and creates opportunities for people like you.  Discover the many stops a drop of water makes on its journey through the water cycle. The possibilities are endless. Join a park interpreter on the Dardanelle side of the park in the grassy area near the playground and dive into this incredible journey.

4p.m. – Beavers: Nature’s Engineers- – Lake Dardanelle offers diverse habitat that allow many different and unique animals to live here, including the beaver.  Everyone is familiar with the phrase, “busy as a beaver”, but how did they get the reputation of being such hard workers?  Meet a park interpreter on the Dardanelle side of the park near the playground area to learn more about these water-loving mammals.

7p.m. – River Ramble– As the Arkansas River journeys through Lake Dardanelle, it continually shapes the land and creates opportunities for people like you.  The river is always changing it hasn’t always looked the way it does today. Join a park interpreter at the amphitheater and learn some of the hazards and bounty the river has in store. You will have to navigate your way to safety in order to reap the rewards in our fun river ramble.

Sunday, August 4th

12p.m. – How Can I Help? – Fishermen love coming to Lake Dardanelle, but they don’t love the mess some fishermen leave behind. Join a park interpreter at the amphitheater and explore some of the ways you can help keep the park clean and the fishery healthy.

3p.m. – Endangered Arkansas– Arkansas is home to many creatures. Some of them occur in abundance, others are scarce. Join a park interpreter in the grassy area across from the visitor center to discover some of the rarities in the state and what we can do to help them.

Friday, August 9th

6p.m. – Awesome Possum– You can explore nature at this park because Lake Dardanelle’s diverse habitats sustain many living creatures. One of these creatures is the Virginia Opossum. Join us at the amphitheater to learn and meet a misunderstood marsupial, the Virginia Opossum, of Arkansas.

 

Saturday, August 10th

11a.m. – All Tied Up! –By learning basic knot tying skills, you can learn to set up your campsite quickly and efficiently.  Meet a park interpreter at the amphitheater to learn how to tie a few basic knots that will come in handy on any outdoor adventure.

 

12:30 p.m. –Hidden Creatures– We humans wear camouflage on a daily basis to blend in while hunting, and sometimes just for style.  But, animals have to use camouflage to survive in the wild.  Meet a park interpreter in the grassy area across from the visitor center to see some pictures of these animals doing what they do best, blending in with nature, and see if you can spot all the hidden creatures in the pictures!

4p.m. – History in a Bag– Exploration, opportunity, and progress forged the culture you find here today.  Meet a park interpreter on the Dardanelle side of the park near the playground area to play a game that will take you on a journey through the history of Arkansas.

6p.m. – Campground Wildlife– The diverse habitats in and around Lake Dardanelle create many opportunities to see unique wildlife. The wildlife you encounter while camping may be the most memorable part of your trip. Join a park interpreter at the amphitheater to discover the animals that might visit your campsite.

Sunday, August 11th

9:30a.m. – Brunch in the basement – It is brunch time for our Arkansas native snakes! Meet in the lobby of VIC and journey to the basement for an exciting and educational viewing as these snakes dine! 

10:30 – Don’t Let them BUG you! –Learn about some of our tiny friends in nature. Discover how they help us and why we shouldn’t let them bug us. Join a park interpreter in the Butterfly Garden across from the visitor center and learn about these helpful creatures that call Lake Dardanelle home.

2p.m. – Forest Excursion Explore the forest; we will look at some of the many products that come from the forest. We walk past trees every day, but we don’t always realize how much we depend on them. We aren’t the only ones who need trees though. Trees are important to numerous creatures in the forest as well. Join a park interpreter at the amphitheater and take a forest excursion adventure.

Friday, August 16th

9p.m. – Star Gazers Challenge– Lake Dardanelle provides a great setting for viewing the night sky. Join Master Naturalist Debra at the swimming beach area to learn stories and uses of the night sky objects as we explore the sky. We will see how many objects we can identify. There will be Stars, moon, and planets.

Saturday, August 17th

12:30p.m. – Who Goes There? – There are many creatures that call Lake Dardanelle home.  Join a park interpreter in the grassy area across from the visitor center to discover who they are and what clues they leave behind as they move about. After looking through the clues we will head down the trail and see if we discover any new clues and find out, who goes there       

4p.m. – Incredible Butterfly– You can explore nature at this park because Lake Dardanelle’s diverse habitats sustain many living creatures. One of these diverse habitats found in Lake Dardanelle State Park is the butterfly garden, providing food, shelter and water. Join a park interpreter in the butterfly garden across from the visitor center parking lot to learn about the unique features of butterflies and discover the many visitors who call the butterfly garden home.

5:30p.m. – Talking Turkey– The Native American tribes that historically inhabited this area were heavily dependent on nature for their livelihood. Join a park interpreter on the Dardanelle side of the park near the playground area as she explains the importance the wild turkey had to the Native Americans who traveled through and settled this area. Learn how historical Native American uses for the turkey differ from the uses of today. Discover why turkey, is not just for dinner.

7:30p.m. – Call of the Wild– Some animal calls are very familiar while others are rather vague and when they’re all mixed together, it can be difficult to pick them out.  Meet a park interpreter at the amphitheater to learn the difference between many of the animal calls you hear in Arkansas.

Friday, August 23rd

7:30p.m. – Night Flight – Join a park interpreter at the amphitheater to learn about our silent hunters that come out when the sun goes down. We will talk about some of their unique features and then walk the Meadowbrook Trail as we try to catch a glimpse of these stealthy raptors.

Saturday, August 24th -Cultural Celebration

10a.m. – Dutch Oven Cooking 101– Join a park interpreter in the grassy area across from the visitor center; learn some of the basics of cast iron care, dutch oven use, and a few new recipes as we cook up a tasty treat in our state historic cooking vessel. We will be outside for the cooking segment of the workshop.  Cost is $2/person, children under 6 free.  Please sign up by August 22nd by calling 479-967-5516.

11a.m. – Native American and Pioneer Play –This area historically was inhabited by Native Americans. After removal pioneers settled the area.  Have you ever thought about what their daily lives were like? Have you ever wondered how Native Americans and pioneers spent their free time, back in history, way before this area was a state park? Meet a park interpreter in front of the visitor center to learn some of the games.  All ages welcome! There will be different games in the morning and afternoon sessions.

11a.m.-2p.m. –Keel Boat– Join the Early Arkansaw Re-Encators at the board walk. They will have their circa 1800 keel boat in the water. They will tell you about their boat and their equipment.

12p.m. – Trail Where They Cried –We will learn about the Trail of Tears and explore the role of Lake  Dardanelle State Park and its surrounding area in this dark era of American history, the Trail of Tears. Native Americans, removed from their homes, made decisions here that changed their lives. Join a park interpreter in the visitor center orientation room to learn some of the history that happened in this place.

2p.m. –Native American and Pioneer Play–This area historically was inhabited by Native Americans. After removal pioneers settled the area.  Have you ever thought about what their daily lives were like? Have you ever wondered how Native Americans and pioneers spent their free time, back in history, way before this area was a state park? Meet a park interpreter in front of the visitor center to learn some of the games.  All ages welcome! There will be different games in the morning and afternoon sessions.

3p.m. –Weaving – Fiber weaving is a disappearing art. It was once a part of everyday life but today has gone by the wayside. Join a park interpreter in the visitor center classroom and discover how easy this art can be. We will put our own spin on this fun and easy to learn skill. The fee for this program is $2. Please sign up by August 22nd by calling 479-967-5516.

4p.m. –Letterboxing – Letterboxing is an activity that has been around for centuries.  All it takes is a    journal, stamp, clues, and a compass.  Come, join a park interpreter in the classroom to learn about letterboxing and make a personalized stamp of your own.

7p.m. – Know your State –How well do you know the history and folklore of Arkansas?  Join a park interpreter at the amphitheater for this fun quiz game where teams will compete for prizes.  All ages welcome!

Sunday, August 25th

12p.m. – Nature JournalsEver wish you had a picture of something you saw but didn’t have a camera? Well nature journals are a sure way to have that picture and never have to get a picture printed. Join a park interpreter in the visitor center classroom and learn how to capture the memories without a camera.

3p.m. – Fashion a FishLearn about the wide variety of shapes and sizes of fish the live in Lake Dardanelle, due to its health and diversity. After you discover the reasons for their shapes you can create a fish of your own. Join a park interpreter in the visitor center classroom.

Friday, August 30th

7p.m. – Game Scene Investigation: G.S.I.  – When you walk around in nature and you see a track, do you take the track at face value as just a foot print, or do you look around to see what the big picture holds? Join a park interpreter in the grassy area across from the visitor center and see what you can determine about the game scene in the area.

Saturday, August 31st

12:30p.m. – Trash to Treasure– Join a park interpreter for some earth friendly craft projects made from recycled materials. Today we will be making a kite made from recycled Wal-Mart shopping bags.  We will meet in the visitor center classroom to create trash into treasures.

3p.m. – Little Armored OnesDiverse habitats, such as the Lake Dardanelle area, have many different kinds of animals.  Some are cute and cuddly looking, while others are simply odd.  One of these truly unique looking creatures is the armadillo.  Meet a park interpreter on the Dardanelle side of the park near the playground area to learn about why they look like they do.

7:30p.m. –Grab Bag Adventures– The diverse habitats around Lake Dardanelle create many opportunities for discovery and exploration.  Meet a park interpreter at the amphitheater to find out what is in her magic bag!  We’ll play a little game to let you touch and feel your way around.  Hints will be given, but you’ll be testing your sense of wildlife!

Sunday, September 1st

1:30p.m. – Nature DetectiveThe diverse habitats around Lake Dardanelle create many opportunities for discovery and exploration. Explore the park by touching, seeing, smelling, and listening to the nature that surrounds you. Join a park interpreter at the amphitheater where you take a walk on the Meadowbrook trail as a detective investigating the forest of Lake Dardanelle State Park.

4p.m. – Such Table Manners! Nature’s furred and feathered children have pretty bad manners when it comes to eating. Eating with their mouth open, grabbing, and reaching for food can be seen in nature when wildlife enjoys their dinner. Join a park interpreter in the grassy area across from the visitor center to discover the bad table manners of Lake Dardanelle State Parks critters. 

8p.m. - The Stories of Lake Dardanelle- Exploration, opportunity, and progress forged the culture you find here today. Meet a park interpreter at the amphitheater to hear some stories of the past that create the wonderful and unique culture in the River Valley. Bring blankets and chairs to sit on the grass, as you see these stories come to life right before your eyes!

 

Monday, September 2nd –Labor Day

9a.m. – Soft Walk – Learning about the diverse habitats and the many living creatures they support at Lake Dardanelle doesn’t have to include a lot of lecture or books. Sometimes just being in nature and looking at things that someone points out can teach you a lot. Join a park interpreter at the visitor center as we walk softly and immerse ourselves in nature and take in new experiences.

11a.m. – In-seine Adventure–The Arkansas River creates many opportunities for enjoyment as it journeys through Lake Dardanelle. What all lives in the Lake besides fish and turtles? Well, here is your chance to find out. We will seine for macro-invertebrates and see who is living in the lake. Come prepared to get wet and wear water shoes. Join a park interpreter at the kayak beach on the south side of the visitor center building.

12p.m. – “Little Brother” – Have you ever thought about how people survived before there were stores to buy what they needed?  Come to the amphitheater to learn about how the Cherokee used parts of a deer to get what they needed to survive.

2p.m. – Transformers– Lake Dardanelle State Park is home to many creatures. Tadpoles and polliwogs transform into insect-eating machines throughout Lake Dardanelle State Park. Join a park interpreter in the grassy area across from the visitor center to explore these transformers and create an origami transformer yourself.

 

Borrow a Park Adventure & Creativity Kit – (P.A.C.K.) you get all the tools you need for adventure and creativity neatly packaged in a backpack along with an adventure guide full of ideas on what to do with all the items.  Our P.A.C.K.’s can be checked out at the visitor center for a $ 10 fee.  You keep the pack for 24 hours and get to keep many of the items for future adventures.     

Remember that all our programs count toward earning your State Park Explorer Certificate. If you would like more information on this program ask one of our Park Interpreters.


Lake Dardanelle State Park, 100 State Park Drive Russellville, AR 72802, 479-967-5516, www.arkansasstateparks.com 

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