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Lake Dardanelle State Park events for February
Lake Dardanelle State Park events for February

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.

Saturday, February 1st

10a.m. – The Stories of Lake Dardanelle – Exploration, opportunity, and progress forged the culture you find here today. Meet a park interpreter in the Orientation Room of the visitor center to hear some stories of the past that create the wonderful and unique culture in the River Valley. 

11a.m.- Unclean Scene- The Arkansas River journeys through Lake Dardanelle, creating opportunities for you and providing habitat to many wildlife. Caring for our water resource is a challenge for each of us, but through conservation we can learn ways to protect our precious water. Join a park interpreter at in the Lakeview Room at the visitor center to discover solutions in preventing water pollution.

12p.m. – Fashion a Fish – Learn about the wide variety of shapes and sizes of fish the live in Lake Dardanelle, due to its health and diversity. Meet a park interpreter in the Lakeview Room; after you discover the reasons for their shapes you can create a fish of your own.

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?

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.

2p.m. - Black Bears- Today Arkansas has a healthy bear population, that wasn’t always the case. Bears have had some trying times throughout their history. Join a park interpreter at the amphitheater and learn some of the things that make these large mammals so unique.

4p.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 at the amphitheater to learn some of the games Native Americans developed, played, and perfected.  All ages welcome! 

Tuesday, February 4th

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?

2p.m. –Eagle Tour – See above description.

Friday, February 7th

4p.m. - Animals Play Too- Animal children like to play. Their games teach them how to take care of themselves in the tough world they live in. Join a park interpreter in the grassy area across from the visitor center to discover some of these playful animals and how you can get a better glimpse of animal playtime.

Saturday, February 8th

9a.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 at the amphitheater to learn more about these water-loving mammals.

10a.m. –Eagle Tour – See above description.

11:30a.m. – Nature Items Scavenger Hunt There is great diversity in habitat and animals at Lake Dardanelle, making it easy to explore and enjoy nature here. Meet a park interpreter at the visitor center front desk; we will see how many of the nature items on her list you can find. There will be some interesting things on her list, so bring your thinking cap, be ready to get creative with your answers, and go nature hunting.

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?

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.

2:30p.m. - Endangered Arkansas- Arkansas is home to many creatures. Some of them occur in abundance, others are scarce. Join a park interpreter at the amphitheater to discover some of the rarities in the state and what we can do to help them.

4p.m. - Opening Arkansas Wilderness-  The Steamboat played an important role in Arkansas from the earliest days of Arkansas Territory. Join a park interpreter in the Orientation Room at the visitor center to learn how the Steamboat industry opened the Arkansas wilderness to new settlers and commerce.

Sunday, February 9th

11a.m. – Grab Bag Adventures – The diverse habitats around Lake Dardanelle create many opportunities for discovery and exploration.  Meet a park interpreter in the visitor center Orientation Room 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!

3p.m. – Who goes there?  There are many creatures that call Lake Dardanelle home.  Join a park interpreter at the amphitheater 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      

Tuesday, February 11th

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?

3p.m. –Eagle Tour – See above description.

Friday, February 14th

4p.m. - Wetland Metaphor- Wetlands are a vital part of the ecosystem. They are beneficial to wildlife and humans alike. Join a park interpreter in the Orientation Room and discover what these benefits are. 

Saturday, February 15th

11a.m. –Eagle Tour – See above description.

12:30p.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 Meadowbrook Trail head for an easy walk and discover the signs left behind from winter wildlife at Lake Dardanelle.

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?

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.

2p.m.- Arkansas Traveler- Lake Dardanelle is the site of many unique events in history, and the Arkansas Traveler is one that has molded Arkansas Folklore for years.  The painting is thought to have been painted from the banks of this very park. Meet a park interpreter in the Orientation Room to discover the interesting history and sentiment that accompany this famous painting.

3p.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 visitor center front desk and learn just how easy bird watching can be.

Sunday, February 16th

10a.m. – Morning Hike –Lake Dardanelle is home to many interesting creatures due to its diverse habitat. Join a park interpreter at the amphitheater and venture down the Meadowbrook Trail. We will see who is out and about this morning.

2p.m. – Home is Where the Forest is – Lake Dardanelle has diverse habitat to support many creatures. Have you ever thought of how your decisions affect these creatures? How can you help animals? Join a park interpreter at the amphitheater and discover some of our local birds and how we can help them.

Tuesday, February 18th

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?

Wednesday, February 19th

2p.m. –Eagle Tour – See above description.

Friday, February 21st

10a.m. –Eagle Tour – See above description.

4p.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 in the Orientation Room and explore some of the ways you can help keep the park clean and the fishery healthy.

Saturday, February 22nd

10a.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.

12:30p.m. - Little Armored One- Diverse 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 in the grassy area across from the visitor center to learn about why they look like they do.

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?

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.

3p.m. – Great American Camper Quiz – Meet a park interpreter in the Lakeview Room 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!

4p.m.- People of the Middle Waters-  The area surrounding Lake Dardanelle has been home for many cultures. One of the original Native American tribes in this area was the Osage. Yet, most people know little of this tribe. Join a park interpreter at the amphitheater and learn about this tribe and where they are today.

Sunday, February 23rd

10a.m. –Eagle Tour – See above description.

2p.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. Join a park interpreter in the grassy area across from the visitor center for pioneer play.

Tuesday, February 25th

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?

Friday, February 28th

3p.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.

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