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Lake Dardanelle upcoming events
Lake Dardanelle upcoming events

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.

 

 

Saturday, September 1st

9a.m. – Nature Detective – The 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 as a detective investigating the forest of Lake Dardanelle State Park.

 

11a.m. – Endangered Arkansas – Arkansas is home to many creatures. Some of them occur in abundance, others are scarce. Join a park interpreter in the Visitor Center orientation room to discover some of the rarities in the state and what we can do to help them.

 

12p.m. – Wildlife Hike – You can explore nature at this park because Lake Dardanelle’s diverse habitats sustain many living creatures. Join a park interpreter and discover what animals call this area home. We will meet at the amphitheater and then head down the trail to see how many creatures you can see or what traces of them we can find.

 

3p.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. – 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! 

 

7p.m. – Focus on Fish – Why does Lake Dardanelle have such a healthy bass population? The health of this fishery is partially, due to the good conservation practices of the staff at Lake Dardanelle State Park. Join a park interpreter in the weigh in pavilion she will talk about fish and how we can better care for them by learning about and understanding their habits.

 

Sunday, September 2nd

9a.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.

 

12p.m. – Letterboxing – Letterboxing is an activity that has been around for centuries.  All it takes is a journal, stamp, clues, and a compass.  Come learn about letterboxing and find the hidden treasures. We will meet at the front desk of the Visitor Center.

 

2p.m. –Insect Orchestra–Have you heard the music that the insects here at Lake Dardanelle make in the evenings?  Join a park interpreter in the orientation room to learn more about how insects make their music and help us create our own “insect orchestra”.

 

3p.m. – Nature’s Item Scavenger Hunt– There is great diversity in habitat and animals at Lake Dardanelle, making it easy to explore and enjoy nature here. 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. Meet at the front desk of the Visitor Center to begin your scavenger hunt.

 

7:30p.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 in the grassy area next to the playground to play a game that will take you on a journey through the history of Arkansas.

 

Monday, September 3rd  Labor Day

9a.m. – Fun with Fur– You can learn a lot about an animal just by looking at its fur.  Join a park interpreter at the amphitheater to examine animal furs and learn about some of the mammals that make Lake Dardanelle State Park their home.

 

10a.m. – Marsh Mystery – As the Arkansas River journeys through Lake Dardanelle, it continually shapes the land and creates opportunities for people like you. We have to be careful when enjoying these opportunities that we don’t affect others. Join a park interpreter in the grassy area across from the visitor center and help her solve a marsh mystery. Discover how you can help protect our natural areas.

 

1p.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; we will meet at the kayak beach next the visitor center.

 

3p.m. – Bring on the Bubbles– Exploration, opportunity, and progress forged the culture you find here today. The people who settled this area had many things in common, one of them was they all had to get clean somehow. Soap has been used for ages, it hasn’t always looked the same or had the same ingredients, but it is soap. Join a park interpreter in the Visitor Center classroom to learn a little about this wonderful concoction and to make some of your very own to take home with you.

 

Friday, September 7th

6:30 p.m. – Evening 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. 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. Make sure to pay before 5 p.m. on day of kayak tour.  Please specify when you sign up if you want a tandem (2 person) or solo kayak. We will meet in front of the Visitor Center doors.

 

Saturday, September 8th

9 a.m. – Skunks: What’s all the stink about? – Lake Dardanelle State Park is home to many creatures, one of these is the striped skunk. They are known for their color and definitely for their smell. Skunks also have some redeeming qualities about them. Join a park interpreter in the grassy area across from the visitor center to learn what some of these qualities are and how we can exist in better harmony with these interesting creatures.

 

11 a.m. – Sense of Place– When we first encounter something new, we use our 5 senses to learn about our new encounter. We have everything we need to begin discovering things about the world around us; we have been doing this since the day we were born.  Nature is no different. We can use our senses to explore nature; we don’t have to have the latest and newest equipment. As we grow up we sometimes forget the “simple” observations that taught us so much when we were young. Join a park interpreter at the amphitheater and we will find our sense of place once again and see what new and amazing things we can discovery using our senses.

 

3 p.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. After you discover the reasons for their shapes you can create a fish of your own. Meet a park interpreter in the grassy area across from the visitor center.

 

8p.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 on the Dardanelle side of the park in the grassy area near the playground and learn about these amazing creatures.

 

Sunday, September 9th

10a.m. – Ship Shape – All things in nature are made of certain basic shapes. Join a park interpreter in front of the visitor center to hike around the park and discover just how many shapes are out there.

 

2p.m. – Crafty Cats – You can explore nature at this park because Lake Dardanelle’s diverse habitats sustain many living creatures. Some of these creatures you see frequently, some are much more secretive. Bobcats are just that, they are solitary and elusive cats that are numerous in this area. But they are masters at blending in and rarely seen. Join a park interpreter in the grassy area across from the visitor center and learn more about these crafty cats.

 

Friday, September 14th

7 p.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 on the Dardanelle side of the park in the grassy area near the playground to explore these transformers and create an origami transformer yourself.

 

Saturday, September 15th

10 a.m. – Lunar Living- So many of us today live our lives by the box. The boxes that fill the calendars we keep. Living by the box based on a solar calendar was not always the way it was. Cherokees and many other Native American tribes for example lived by a lunar calendar. They used the moon and nature to tell them the things that needed to be done at certain times. Join a park interpreter at the amphitheater and discover lunar living.

 

2:30 p.m. – 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. You can even create one of your very own to take home with you. We will meet in the orientation room at the visitor center.

 

4 p.m. – Un-Clean 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 in the grassy area across from the visitor center to discover solutions in preventing water pollution.

 

9p.m. – Star Gazers Challenge – Lake Dardanelle provides a great setting for viewing the night sky. Join Master Naturalist Debra at the swim beach 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.