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Hospital reports increase in snake bites

Hospital reports increase in snake bites

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.(KTHV)- Doctors and nurses at Arkansas Children's Hospital are reporting a 50 percent increase in snake bites this summer.

Children's Hospital typically sees 20 to 25 snake bites a year, but already this year they've treated 30 cases. Donna Parnell-Beasley is the trauma coordinator at Arkansas Children's Hospital, and she says they're not really sure about the uptick, but wants parents to be aware.

"Children may have been outside playing more than when it's really, really hot."

Parnell-Beasley says 2014 is shaping up to be the summer of snakes

"The majority of the injuries we've seen this summer have been on feet where children step down next to a snake and a snake bites them."

Enjoy the great outdoors on Arkansas Trails Day

Enjoy the great outdoors on Arkansas Trails Day

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – The 22nd anniversary of National Trails Day, America's largest trail celebration, is slated for June 7. Events throughout the U.S. will join this nationwide observation of America's wealth of trail types and experiences while encouraging the public to enjoy a trail. According to State Trails Coordinator Mike Sprague, "The kick off to Arkansas's celebrations will begin a week earlier on Saturday, May 31, with trail events of all kinds in Little Rock and North Little Rock. A schedule of the events slated for May 31 in the metro area is posted on the Arkansas Trails Council website at: http://www.arkansastrailscouncil.com/.

Aquatic Conservation Experience Camp at Lake Dardanelle State Park

Aquatic Conservation Experience Camp at Lake Dardanelle State Park

LAKE DARDANELLE, Ark, (ACE) - A.C.E. Camp explores ways to enjoy and conserve our aquatic environments in and around Lake Dardanelle. This camp spans two days, camp will be held 5-9 pm on Friday June 20th and 9am-2pm on Saturday, June 21st.  This camp will teach kids ages 10-13 about many of the creatures that call the area home. As well as, teaching them ways to get out and enjoy our water resources. Camp will include fishing, kayaking, and many other fun activities that will teach them about the fish, snakes, and bugs that can be found in the lake. Space is limited so get the $35 registration fee in no later than June 6, 2014.

Lake Dardanelle State Park to host a children’s bicycle rally for Resource Rendezvous Event

Lake Dardanelle State Park to host a children’s bicycle rally for Resource Rendezvous Event

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (LDSP) - Lake Dardanelle State Park will be hosting a bicycle rally as part of the annual Resource Rendezvous event. Join us in celebrating the great outdoors. This bicycle rally will be held May 3, 2014 for age 2-13. Helmets are required; we will have a limited number of helmets on hand that can be borrowed. We will have three age divisions: ages 2-6 with training wheels, ages 6-9 without training wheels, and ages 10-13 (without training wheels), this division will also have trivia challenges to complete as part of the race. You must register; either before the event at the visitor center or the morning of at the registration table located at the weigh-in pavilion. Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. and races will begin at 10 a.m. There is no entry fee. Prizes will be awarded after all races are complete followed by a free lunch which will be provided to all participants.

Events at Lake Dardanelle in May

Events at Lake Dardanelle in May

Lake Cruise –Explore the wonders of Lake Dardanelle and the Arkansas River aboard the state park tour boat.  Enjoy abundant wildlife, amazing history, and astounding views of the river valley throughout this 1 hour cruise.  There is no fee for the tour, but space is limited.  You must register for the tour. Call 479-967-5516 to register for a seat. We will begin boarding 15 minutes before the tour, at the boat dock near the south boat ramp.  (Weather permitting)

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?

LINKS: THV11 forecasting, radars and more

LINKS: THV11 forecasting, radars and more

Weather links to hold onto with the possibility of severe weather headed our way: 

 

Lake Dardanelle State Park events for April 2014

Lake Dardanelle State Park events for April 2014

Lake Cruise –Explore the wonders of Lake Dardanelle and the Arkansas River aboard the state park tour boat.  Enjoy abundant wildlife, amazing history, and astounding views of the river valley throughout this 1 hour cruise.  There is no fee for the tour, but space is limited.  You must register for the tour. Call 479-967-5516 to register for a seat. We will begin boarding 15 minutes before the tour, at the boat dock near the south boat ramp.  (Weather permitting)

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?