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

Lake Dardanelle State Park March 2013

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?

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.

Monday& Tuesday, March 11 – 12th - 6-9p.m. – Boater’s Education (two night class) – Learn about Arkansas's safe boating laws and practices in this two evening class. Anyone born on or after January 1, 1986, and of legal age to operate a motorboat, must have successfully completed an approved Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Boating Education Course and carry proof while operating a motorboat on Arkansas water. The law also affects operators of sailboats. After passing the test, you will receive your boater education card. This is a free course, but you must pre-register by calling 479-967-5516. The class will be held at the Lake Dardanelle State Park’s Visitor Center Classroom.

Friday, March 1st

6p.m. – Fun with Fur – You can learn a lot about an animal just by looking at its fur.  Join a park interpreter on the Dardanelle side of the park near the playground to examine animal furs and learn about some of the mammals that make Lake Dardanelle State Park their home.

 

Saturday, March 2nd

9a.m. – Vultures: Nature’s Cleaning Crew – Have you ever seen the large, dark birds that circle and ride the winds over the lake? Join a park interpreter at the amphitheater to learn how these shy birds help to keep our park clean.

 

11a.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 grassy area across from the visitor center, she will talk about fish and how we can better care for them by learning about and understanding their habits.

 

3p.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.

 

6p.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 to learn about why they look like they do.

 

Friday, March 8th

6p.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 on the Dardanelle side of the park near the playground and discover lunar living.

 

Saturday, March 9th

9a.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. 

 

11a.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! 

 

12p.m. – All Tied Up! – By learning basic knot tying skills, you can learn to set up your campsite quickly and efficiently.  Meet a park interpreter at the amphitheater to learn how to tie a few basic knots that will come in handy on any outdoor adventure.

 

3p.m. – Spring-O - Lake Dardanelle’s diverse habitats sustain many living creatures. There are many wetlands around Lake Dardanelle; these wetlands that surround the lake create the perfect homes. We will learn about the wetlands and the creatures that call them home. We will explore the park and discover how many we can find. Join a park interpreter in front of the visitor center to start your adventure.

 

4p.m. – Encountering Wildlife – The diverse habitats in and around Lake Dardanelle create many opportunities to see unique wildlife.  However, it is important to remember that we are visiting their homes and should respect their space.  Meet a park interpreter at the amphitheater to learn about what to do when encountering wildlife.

 

6p.m. – Packing Primer –Tonight we will learn some of the necessities for hiking and backpacking. We will learn basic safety measures. There are so many wonderful places to hike and see amazing sites in this great state. A backpacking trip is a great and inexpensive way to spend the day.  Join a park interpreter at the amphitheater for your packing primer.

 

Sunday, March 10th

10a.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 at the amphitheater to learn what some of these qualities are and how we can exist in better harmony with these interesting creatures.

 

3p.m. – Crumple Watershed – The watershed surrounding Lake Dardanelle is the backbone for the Arkansas River as the river journeys through the lake creating opportunities for people like you. Join a park interpreter in the grassy area across from the 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!

 

Friday, March 15th

7p.m. – Campground Wildlife- The diverse habitats in and around Lake Dardanelle create many opportunities to see unique wildlife. The wildlife you encounter while camping may be the most memorable part of your trip. Join a park interpreter on the Dardanelle side of the park near the playground to discover the animals that might visit your campsite.

 

Saturday, March 16th

9:30a.m. – What’s the Buzz – Honeybees are very intelligent insects that work together in a complex society to make the sweet treat that humans have learned to love.  Meet a park interpreter at the front desk of the visitor center to learn how these busy bees do their jobs. Honey bee Helpers?

 

11a.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 in the grassy area across from the visitor center and learn 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.

 

12:30p.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.

 

3p.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.

 

6p.m. – Nature’s Edibles – Ever wonder what there is in the forest to eat. What did Native Americans eat as they traveled through and settled this area? There were no traditional grocery stores for them to go to; they did however have the nature's grocery store.  Meet a park interpreter at the amphitheater and she will introduce you to some of nature’s edible treats.

 

Sunday, March 17th

2p.m. – Know your State – How well do you know the history and folklore of Arkansas?  Join a park interpreter at the amphitheater for this fun quiz game where teams will compete for prizes.  All ages welcome!

 

5p.m. – The Great Migration Challenge – Each year, over 350 bird species travel hundreds and sometimes thousands of miles to find the food they need to survive.  Lake Dardanelle State Park makes a perfect place for them to find this food and rest due to its diverse habitats. Can you take on that challenge?  Meet a park interpreter in the grassy area across from the visitor center to try your luck!

 

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 and learn what animals come out when we go to sleep. We will be outside so dress for the weather.

 

Friday, March 22nd

9a.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.

 

11:30a.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 at the amphitheater to discover the interesting history and sentiment that accompany this famous painting.

 

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 of the visitor center.

 

4p.m. – Bird Beak Buffet – You can learn a lot about a bird by just looking at their beaks.  Meet a park interpreter in the grassy area across from the visitor center to see the different ways birds use their beaks to eat. 

 

7p.m. – Masters of the Night- Bat populations are in decline due to misinformation and fear. Meet a park interpreter on the Dardanelle side of the park near the playground to discover the bat myths that have given them a bad reputation and learn about which bats you can find here at Lake Dardanelle State Park. Please bring a flashlight and don’t forget your insect repellant.

 

Saturday, March 23rd

9a.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 in the grassy area across from the visitor center to explore these transformers and create an origami transformer yourself.

 

12p.m. – Fire in the Forest – Exploring nature is one of the best ways to discover how everything is connected.  There are many human and nature induced causes of change in any given area. Fire is just one of these; it usually gets a bad rap. Join a park interpreter at the amphitheater and learn how fire can be beneficial to an area. How this tool is used to improve your visits to our park.

 

3p.m. – Fiber 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. Registration is required; call 479-967-5516 to get signed up.

 

7p.m. – Night Flight - Join a park interpreter at the amphitheater to learn about our silent hunters that come out when the sun goes down. We will talk about some of their unique features and then walk the Meadowbrook Trail as we try to catch a glimpse of these stealthy raptors.

 

Sunday, March 24th

10a.m. – Forest Excursion Explore the forest; we will look at some of the many products that come from the forest. We walk past trees every day, but we don’t always realize how much we depend on them. We aren’t the only ones who need trees though. Trees are important to numerous creatures in the forest as well. Join a park interpreter at the amphitheater and take a forest excursion adventure.

 

3p.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.

 

Friday, March 29th

8:30p.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 near the playground and learn about these amazing creatures.

 

Saturday, March 30th

10a.m. – Picking Poles – Join a park intern in the classroom at the visitor center. You will learn techniques for making your own fishing pole. After everyone completes their pole, they will get a chance to try them out. All the materials will be provided. So come pick a pole and wet your hook. The fee for this program is $2.

 

12p.m. – Wearable Water Cycle – As the Arkansas River journeys through Lake Dardanelle it continually shapes the land and creates opportunities for people like you.  Discover the many stops a drop of water makes on its journey through the water cycle. The possibilities are endless. Join a park interpreter in the grassy area across from the visitor center and dive into this incredible journey.

 

2p.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 grassy area across from the visitor center and explore some of the ways you can help keep the park clean and the fishery healthy.

 

3p.m. – Fish Feature – Lake Dardanelle has a healthy and diverse fishery. There are over 90 species of fish in the lake. Each of these fish  xare specially adapted for their niche in the environment. Join a park interpreter at the amphitheater and see if you can match the face and fins of some of these fish as we learn about some of these sought after species and how we can catch them.

 

4p.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.

 

7p.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 at the amphitheater and see what you can determine about the game scene in the area.