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What's happening at Lake Dardanelle
What's happening at Lake Dardanelle

Lake Dardanelle State Park February 2013

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.

 


Tuesday, February 5th

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 6th  

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

 

Friday, February 8th

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

 

Saturday, February 9th

10a.m. – Crawdad Craze – These creatures may be small but they play a big role in the ecosystem. Join a park interpreter in the visitor center orientation room and learn how these little guys contribute to the diversity and health of the fishery of Lake Dardanelle.

 

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.

 

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. – 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. – Weaving – Fiber weaving is a disappearing art. It was once a part of everyday life but today has gone by the wayside. Join a park interpreter in the visitor center classroom and discover how easy this art can be. We will put our own spin on this fun and easy to learn skill. The fee for this program is $3, preregistration is required. Call the visitor center at 479-967-5516 to get registered.

 

Sunday, February 10th     

11a.m. – Wildlife Hike – You can explore nature at this park because Lake Dardanelle’s diverse habitats sustain many living creatures. Meadowbrook Trail is home to many of these creatures. Join a park interpreter at the amphitheater and discover what animals call this area home. Then head down the trail to see how many creatures you can see or what traces of them we can find.

 

3p.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!