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

Friday, July 20th

9p.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 on the Dardanelle side of the park in the grassy area near the playground and learn what animals come out when we go to sleep. We will be outside so dress for the weather.

 

Saturday, July 21st

3p.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 in the orientation room at the visitor center and meet some of these creatures.

 

4p.m. –Grab Bag Adventures– The diverse habitats around Lake Dardanelle create many opportunities for discovery and exploration.  Meet a park interpreter in the 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!

 

8p.m. –Great American Camper Quiz – Meet a park interpreter in the classroom to see how in tune you are with the natural world.  We’ll be testing your skills about furs, tracks, and some mystery items!  Bring your whole family, and see how much you know!

 

Sunday, July 22th

10a.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 at the amphitheater to try your luck!

 

3p.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!

 

Friday, July 27th

8p.m. –Masters of the Night –Bat populations are in decline due to misinformation and fear. Meet a park interpreter at the amphitheater 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, July 28th

10a.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 in the visitor center.

 

2p.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.

 

3p.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.

 

5p.m. –Nature Hike– Lake Dardanelle is home to many interesting creatures due to its diverse habitat. Join a park interpreter at the amphitheater and venture down the Meadowbrook Trail. We will see who is out and about this evening.

 

7p.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 on the Dardanelle side of the park in the grassy area near the playground to learn how to tie a few basic knots that will come in handy on any outdoor adventure.

 

Sunday, July 29th

11a.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 meet at the kayak beach next to the visitor center. We will seine for macro-invertebrates and see who is living in the lake. Come prepared to get wet and wear water shoes.

 

2p.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.

Borrow a Park Adventure & Creativity Kit – (P.A.C.K.) you get all the tools you need for adventure and creativity neatly packaged in a backpack along with an adventure guide full of ideas on what to do with all the items.  Our P.A.C.K.’s can be checked out at the visitor center for a $ 10 fee.  You keep the pack for 24 hours and get to keep many of the items for future adventures.     

Remember that all our programs count toward earning your State Park Explorer Certificate. If you would like more information on this program ask one of our Park Interpreters.


Lake Dardanelle State Park, 100 State Park Drive Russellville, AR 72802, 479-967-5516, www.arkansasstateparks.com