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July activities at Dardanelle
July activities at Dardanelle

Tuesdays and Saturdays at 1:30 pm – What’s for Lunch? – See our aquarium exhibit! 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, just what do those fish eat for lunch?

Saturdays 1:45 p.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, July 1

3p.m. – Melodies from our Past – Ozark folk music shares the stories of the everyday lives of the people who explored the Lake Dardanelle area and forged the culture you find here today.  What better way is there to understand our heritage than by listening to some of these songs?  Meet a park interpreter at the amphitheater to hear about this unique form of music and to learn how to take it home with you.

7:30p.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 Dardanelle side of the park, in the grassy area near the play ground to discover 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.

 

Saturday, July 2

11:30a.m. – Crumple Watershed – Join a park interpreter at the grassy area across from visitor center to learn about Lake Dardanelle’s vast and wide watershed.  Then make your own watershed and see how the water rolls through your land!

1p.m. – Kayak Tour – As the Arkansas River journeys through Lake Dardanelle, it continually shapes the land and creates numerous opportunities for people to enjoy from fishing to kayaking. The weather is warming up, and we’re going to see what’s emerging on the banks of Lake Dardanelle.  We’ll be paddling our kayaks through some seldom closely seen shoreline of this beautiful 34,000 acre lake.  Sign up at the visitor center (479-967-5516) at least one day in advance.  The fee is $12 for adults, $6 for children 6-12 years old, 5 years and under ride free when with an adult.  Please specify when you sign up if you want a tandem (2 person) or solo kayak. We will meet at the front desk in the visitor center.

1:30p.m. – What’s for Lunch? – See our aquarium exhibit! 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, just what do those fish eat 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. – Camping Cuisine– Join a park interpreter in the grassy area across from the visitor center for some tips on simple campfire cooking and a tasty campfire dessert.

5p.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. Join a park interpreter at the visitor center. 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 let’s go nature hunting.

8p.m. – Creatures of the Night Lake Dardanelle is home to many creatures. Discover some of Lake Dardanelle State Park’s nocturnal residents. Join a park interpreter at the amphitheater to learn what animals come out when we go to sleep. We will be outside so dress for the weather.

 

Sunday, July 3

9a.m. – Morning Bird Walk – Join a park interpreter at the visitor center to take a walk through the area in search of our visiting birds.  Even if you’ve never birded before, you can enjoy these creatures in a whole new way!

11a.m. – Talking Turkey The Native American tribes that historically inhabited this area were heavily dependent on nature for their livelihood. Join a park interpreter at the amphitheater 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.

2p.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 a park interpreter in the orientation room of the visitor center 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.

4p.m. – Pioneer Play – Join a park interpreter in the grassy area across from the visitor center. 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.

 

Monday, July 4

10a.m. –Making the Connection– Making simple connections with nature can create lasting memories of your experience in Arkansas State Parks. Join our park interpreter at the amphitheater for a short stroll down the Meadowbrook trail where we will make connections with the nature around us.

12p.m. – Countdown Begins - Join a park interpreter in the visitor center classroom to build and decorate your own July 4 rocket!  After assembling, we’ll head out and test their flight.  All ages welcome, and parents need not worry as these rockets are completely safe.

2p.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 on the back deck of the visitor center to create some fishy art.

3:30p.m. – Great American Camper Quiz – Meet a park interpreter in the classroom 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!

 

Thursday, July 7  - Sunset Cinema – Cats and Dogs

About Dusk – As the sun sets on beautiful Lake Dardanelle, enjoy the lights rising on a big-screen outdoor movie. Bring your family and some lawn chairs and blankets, or plop right down on the lush green grass. Suggested donation of $1/adult, children 12 and under free. This event is sponsored by the Russellville Advertising and Promotions Commission.

 

Friday, July 8

4p.m. – Spider Hider –What has eight legs and eats bugs? Discovery some of the fascinating things spider do. How they make their homes, find food, and even which ones are dangerous to us. Join a park interpreter in the grassy area across from the visitor center and learn about these amazing creatures.

8p.m. – Fireside Stories– Telling stories is a centuries old tradition created for pleasure, as well as to pass down the history and oral traditions of an area or group of people.  Meet a park interpreter at the amphitheater to hear some stories, share some stories, and enjoy the fire light. Bring something to sit on.

 

Saturday, July 9

8a.m.-1p.m. – Arkansas River National River Cleanup– Lake Dardanelle State Park is providing an opportunity on National River Cleanup Day for people to come together to make a big impact. Registration for the cleanup will start at 8 a.m. at the visitor center with the cleanup ending around 1 p.m. Please remember to wear closed toe shoes and clothes that can get dirty and wet.  Just a few hours can make a big difference. If you would like to volunteer please contact Elizabeth Drake at 479-890-7479.

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 and who lives there.  Join a park interpreter in the grassy area across from the visitor center. We will discover how well you know the animals that live in and around the wetlands surrounding Lake Dardanelle.

3p.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 front of the visitor center to learn some of the games Native Americans developed, played, and perfected.  All ages welcome! 

4p.m. – Grab Bag Adventures– The diverse habitats around Lake Dardanelle create many opportunities for discovery and exploration.  Meet a park interpreter at the grassy area across from the visitor center 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!

7p.m. – Camping Cuisine – Food never tastes as good as it does while you’re camping. Join the Park Interpreter at the Dardanelle side of the park, in the grassy area near the play ground for some tips on simple campfire cooking and a tasty campfire dessert.