Events at Lake Dardanelle for the month of January | Environment
Tuesdays & Saturdays at 1:30p.m. – 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 in the visitor center 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.
Eagle Tours – Lake Dardanelle State Park is proud to offer free winter lake cruises for the best chance of seeing our national symbol, the American Bald Eagle. Many other spectacular birds will be in the area for viewing including American White Pelicans, ducks, and Snow Geese. Please dress warmly as temperatures and winds are more severe on the lake. In an effort to accommodate as many people as possible for our tours we will be taking reservations this year. You will need to call the visitor center at 479-967-5516 to reserve your seat. We will begin boarding 15 minutes before the tour, at the boat dock near the Tournament Weigh-In Facility. Also, in case of inclement weather, call 1 hour before tour time for possible cancellations.
Wednesday, January 1st
10a.m. – First Day Hike– We are joining forces with hikers across the nation to celebrate 2014 with a “First Day Hike”! Let’s start the New Year off with a healthy lifestyle for the whole family. You can explore nature and engage in physical activity while taking a family friendly excursion through Lake Dardanelle State Park. Please dress for the weather and bring water with you. Our trek will be just short of a mile. Join us at the Meadowbrook Trailhead, as we take an invigorating hike while enjoying nature with family and friends.
Thursday, January 2nd
10a.m. – Eagle Tour – See above Description
Friday, January 3rd
11a.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.
12:30p.m. –Fish Feature– Lake Dardanelle has a healthy and diverse fishery. There are over 90 species of fish in the lake. Each of these fish are specially adapted for their niche in the environment. Join a park interpreter at the Orientation room in the visitor center and see if you can match the face and fins of some of these fish as we learn about some of these sought after species and how we can catch them.
3p.m. – Eagle Measure Up– The winter months give us the opportunity to see more eagles than normal, as we get migrating eagles in from the north. These amazing birds are incredible not only for their beauty and speed but for their size as well. Join a park interpreter in the grassy area across from the visitor center and discover how you measure up to an eagle.
4p.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, January 4th
10a.m. – Pioneer Play –You will discover what pioneer kids did to pass the time while the exploration and progress of their parents forged the culture you find here today. We will meet in the grassy area across from the visitor center.
12p.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 in the grassy area across from the visitor center to learn the difference between many of the animal call you hear in Arkansas.
2p.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 in the Orientation room at the visitor center 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.
3p.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.
Sunday, January 5th
12p.m. – Eagle Tour – See above Description
Friday, January 10th
2p.m. – Eagle Tour – See above Description
Saturday, January 11th – Winter at the Lake
9a.m. and 11a.m. – Birding Basics– Bird watching is a hobby for all ages. To get started you only need the 3 B’s: Binoculars, a Bird book, and Birds. Lake Dardanelle has plenty of birds, so come out and meet a park interpreter at the Visitor Center front desk and learn just how easy bird watching can be.
9a.m.-4:30p.m. – Ornaments are for the Birds– This time of year, decorations are everywhere, so why not make some to help out our migrating birds. Meet in the Lakeview room of the visitor center to make some tree ornaments that are just for the birds. When done, help us decorate our Master Naturalist bird feeding tree out front, but don’t forget to take some home for your birds as well.
9a.m. – 4:30p.m. – Beautiful Birds– With winter here we have a lot of flying visitors, looking for a warmer climate. Meet a park interpreter in the visitor center Lakeview room to make your very own beautiful birds to take home.
9a.m. – 4:30p.m. – Build-a-birdhouse– Birdhouses are a fun way to observe wildlife in your backyard. Meet some Master Naturalists to construct your birdhouse. We will supply all the materials and instructions; you get to assemble your own birdhouse for your feathered friends. Registration is not required, but we have a limited amount of supplies that will be provided on a first come first served basis. Stop by the visitor center Lakeview room and build your own bluebird house.
10a.m. Eagle Tour- See above Description
2p.m. – Adaptation Artistry–Birds have many special adaptations that make them especially suited for the area they live in. Explore some of these adaptations at the visitor center orientation room. We will create birds of our own with their own special adaptations and create a habitat for our special friend.
3p.m. – 4p.m. - Birds of a Feather– Join park interpreters and Master Naturalists for a festival of birds starting in the Visitor Center Lakeview room. Experience a variety of unique programs focused on our flying wonders. Receive your prize upon completion of your adventure.
4p.m. – A “tweet” for the Birds– Winter is just around the corner! As birds begin searching for scarce food you can help with providing food for our feathered friends. Join us in the Visitor Center Lakeview room in making recycled bird feeders to serve our winter birds a special “tweet”. We have a limited amount of supplies that will be provided on a first come first served basis.
4:30p.m. – Tree Ceremony– Grab a cup of spiced tea or hot chocolate and meet around our Master Naturalist bird feeding tree in front of the visitor center to see all the edible ornaments that will help feed our birds through the winter.
Sunday, January 12th
11:30a.m. – Know Your State– How well do you know the history and folklore of Arkansas? Join a park interpreter at the orientation room in the visitor center for this fun quiz game where teams will compete for prizes. All ages welcome!
3p.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 visitor center Lakeview room 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!
Wednesday, January 15th
11a.m. – Eagle Tour – See above Description
Saturday, January 18th
10a.m. – The 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 Orientation room in the visitor center to learn some of the history that happened in this place.
12:30p.m. – Native American Games– This area historically was inhabited by Native Americans. They settled this area before the removal. They made decisions here that changed their lives. Have you ever thought about what their daily lives were like? Have you ever wondered how Native Americans spent their free time, back in history, way before this area was a state park? Are you curious about how their hunting skills were perfected? Meet a park interpreter in the grassy area across from the visitor center to learn some of the games Native Americans developed, played, and perfected. All ages welcome!
3p.m. – Eagle Tour – See above Description
3:30p.m. – Great American Camper Quiz – Meet a park interpreter in the Lakeview room of the visitor center to see how in tune you are with the natural world. We’ll be testing your skills about furs, tracks, and some mystery items! Bring your whole family, and see how much you know!
Sunday, January 19th
10a.m.– Winter Wildlife Hike– Deer, rabbits, squirrels and various winter birds are just a few of the animals that live at Lake Dardanelle State Park. Join a park interpreter at the amphitheater for an easy walk and discover the signs left behind from winter wildlife at Lake Dardanelle.
3p.m.– What’s the Buzz? – Honeybees are very intelligent insects that work together in a complex society to make the sweet treat that humans have learned to love. Meet a park interpreter at the front desk of the visitor center to learn how these busy bees do their jobs.
Wednesday, January 22nd
2p.m. – Eagle Tour – See above Description
Saturday, January 25th
10a.m. - Eagle Tour – See above Description
12:30p.m. – Wetland Address– Wetlands are one of the many areas of opportunity that the Arkansas River provides as it journeys through Lake Dardanelle and continually shapes the land. We will talk about why wetlands are a great place to live Join a park interpreter in the grassy area across from the visitor center.
3p.m. – The Stories of Lake Dardanelle – Exploration, opportunity, and progress forged the culture you find here today. Meet a park interpreter Orientation room in the visitor center to hear some stories of the past that create the wonderful and unique culture in the River Valley as you see these stories come to life right before your eyes!
4p.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, January 26th
12p.m. –Nature Journals– Ever 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 at the visitor center in the Lakeview room of the visitor center and learn how to capture the memories without a camera.
3p.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 at the amphitheater to explore these transformers and create an origami transformer yourself.
Tuesday, January 28th
3 p.m. – Eagle Tour – See above Description
Friday, January 31st
11a.m. – Eagle Tour – See above Description
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.
(Source: Lake Dardanelle State Park)