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Spring Break at Lake Dardanelle
Spring Break at Lake Dardanelle

Lake Dardanelle State Park Spring Break 2013

 

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Tuesday, March 19th

12p.m. – Fashion a Fish – Meet a park interpreter in the visitor center classroom and 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.

 

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?

 

3p.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.

 

7:30p.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.

 

Wednesday, March 20th

9a.m. – Morning Bird Walk – Join a park interpreter in front of 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. – Unclean 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.

 

12:30p.m. – Slithery Symbols – Historically this area was home to several Native American tribes. Nature was and still is for many Native Americans a big part of what makes up their culture. We will look at a small bit of nature that helped shape many of the cultural artifacts of many of the tribes from this area. We will explore the many meanings snakes had for Native Americans and how they were incorporated into everyday life. You will learn about the characteristics that made these snakes feared and revered. Join a park interpreter at the amphitheater and meet some of these creatures.

 

2p.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 begin your search for the parks letterboxes. We will meet in front of the visitor center.

 

4p.m. – Crawdad Craze – These creatures may be small but they play a big role in the ecosystem. Join a park interpreter at the kayak beach and learn how these little guys contribute to the diversity and health of the fishery of Lake Dardanelle.

 

7p.m. – Insect Orchestra - Have you heard the music that the insects here at Lake Dardanelle make in the evenings?  Join a park interpreter at the amphitheater to learn more about how insects make their music and help us create our own “insect orchestra”.

Thursday, March 21st

10a.m. – Animals Play Too! –Animal children like to play. Their games teach them how to take care of themselves in the tough world they live in. Join a park interpreter at the amphitheater to discover some of these playful animals and how you can get a better glimpse of animal playtime.

 

1:30p.m. – 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)

 

3p.m. – Paper Making –We will do some recycling of our own and make our own paper. It’s easy and fun. Meet a park interpreter at the weigh-in pavilion for this recycling fun.

 

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. Meet a park interpreter in front of the visitor center and 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. – The Stories of Lake Dardanelle – Exploration, opportunity, and progress forged the culture you find here today. Meet a park interpreter at the amphitheater to hear some stories of the past that create the wonderful and unique culture in the River Valley, as you see these stories come to life right before your eyes!

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.