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

Friday, July 6th

7:30p.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 on the Dardanelle side of the park in the grassy area near the playground to discover solutions in preventing water pollution.

 

Saturday, July 7th

8a.m.-1p.m. –Arkansas River National River Cleanup– Lake Dardanelle State Park is providing an opportunity on National River Cleanup Day for people to come together to make a big impact. Registration for the cleanup will start at 8 a.m. at the visitor center with the cleanup ending around 1 p.m. Please remember to wear closed toe shoes and clothes that can get dirty and wet.  Just a few hours can make a big difference. If you would like to volunteer please contact Elizabeth Drake at 479-890-7479.

 

3p.m. –Geocaching 101– GPS units are not new, but some of their uses are. Geocaching is an activity that blends technology with outdoor activity. Through experiences in finding geocaches people get a chance to get out in nature and enjoy and appreciate our great resources. Lake Dardanelle State Park has a wide variety of nature to explore and numerous caches in and around the park. Join a park interpreter at the amphitheater and discover a new way to enjoy nature.

 

4p.m. –“Little Brother”– Have you ever thought about how people survived before there were stores to buy what they needed?  Meet a park interpreter in the grassy area across from the visitor center to learn about how the Cherokee used parts of a deer to get what they needed to survive.

 

7:30p.m. –The Stories of Lake Dardanelle– Exploration, opportunity, and progress forged the culture you find here today. Meet a park interpreter in the grassy area across from the visitor center to hear some stories of the past that create the wonderful and unique culture in the River Valley.  Bring blankets and chairs to sit on the grass, as you see these stories come to life right before your eyes!

 

Sunday, July 8th

10a.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! 

 

2p.m. – Trail of Tears Video – Native Americans, removed from their homes, made decisions here that changed their lives. For this reason, Lake Dardanelle State Park is a registered Trail of Tears site. Join a park interpreter in the orientation room of the visitor center to get a glimpse of what life on the trail was like for those who traveled it. The new video “Trail of Tears” is wonderfully made video about a truly dark time in Cherokee history as well as U.S. history.

 

Friday, July 13th

7p.m. –Sunset Lake Cruise– Take a relaxing evening cruise out on Lake Dardanelle and enjoy the summer season.  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) 

 

Saturday, July 14th

9a.m. –Turtle Lost and Found– Did you know that just by looking at the body of a turtle, it can tell you where it lives?  Join a park interpreter in the orientation room of the visitor center to learn about some of the turtles found here in Lake Dardanelle. 

 

11a.m. –Egg-stra Special Creatures– Birds create amazing homes to live in.  Join a park interpreter in the grassy area across from the visitor center to learn about and see some of these “EGG-stra Special” homes.

 

2p.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 at the amphitheater where she will talk about fish and how we can better care for them by learning about and understanding their habits.

 

3p.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 in the grassy area across from the visitor center and learn about these amazing creatures.

 

5p.m. –Wetland Address– Wetlands are one of the many areas of opportunity that the Arkansas River provides as it journeys through Lake Dardanelle and continually shapes the land. We will talk about why wetlands are a great place to live and who lives there.  Join a park interpreter at the amphitheater. We will discover how well you know the animals that live in and around the wetlands surrounding Lake Dardanelle.

 

8p.m. –Pioneer Play – Join a park interpreter on the Dardanelle side of the park in the grassy area near the playground. 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.

 

Sunday, July 15th

9a.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 in front of the visitor center and learn just how easy bird watching can be.

 

10a.m. – What’s Your Cover? –Sometimes it’s hard to see why some animals are feathered, while others are furry.  Why some are scaled, while others are skinned.  Join a park interpreter in the grassy area across from the visitor center to learn about some of the body coverings you and I see when living in Arkansas.  Get ready to touch and feel to learn!

 

2p.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.

 

3p.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 in the grassy area across from the visitor center to learn about what to do when encountering wildlife.